Lead laughed at detainee and this seemed to infuriate the detainee. Detainee told he must realize he has no control.
November 29, 2009
This is the interrogation log of Mohammed al-Qahtani. It is being published in real time: each entry will appear exactly seven years after it was first recorded. The interrogation took place at Guantanamo Bay.
All times are GMT-5.
Lead laughed at detainee and this seemed to infuriate the detainee. Detainee told he must realize he has no control.
Lead resumes approach. Detainee began to fall asleep and was told to stand. When guard tried to teach detainee where to stand, detainee pushed guard. Other guards entered room and regained control. Detainee tried to complain, but lead told detainee that he might as well be speaking an alien language because no one wants to hear what he says.
Detainee taken to bathroom. Base communication workers arrive to install command post phone lines, so detainee could not be walked.
Detainee taken to bathroom. Lead begins pride and ego down approach.
Control asks detainee, “are you a liar?” Detainee replies no. Control, “Then why did you tell me you’ve never been to the U.S.? Here’s the proof.” Controls shows circumstantial evidence of visit. Control tells detainee that he will show detainee how to embrace the truth. Detainee did not say anything else but paid close attention to control. Control gave commands at random times to stand and sit. Detainee complied.
Control continues student/teacher approach.
Doctor checks detainee. Tells detainee that if detainee doesn’t have a bowel movement, detainee will get an enema. Doctor says detainee’s feet look better.
Control begins Arabic lesson. Explains detainee is a student and control is teacher. Detainee drinks one bottle of water.
Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised.
Detainee does not ask for anything, but waits for control to enter room and asks to pray. Drinks one half bottle of water.
Run Manchester Document theme and muslims in America.
New linguist assigned to team. SGT R (control) wakes detainee. Corpsman advises detainee he need to drink three bottles of water of get an enema. After some resistance, detainee drinks one and a half bottles of water. Detainee walks for 15 minutes. SGT A (lead) begins approach.
Detainee drank one bottle of water, used the latrine, and went to bed.
Detainee proclaimed his innocence and said he would pass a polygraph test.
Detainee went to the latrine
SGT M taped pictures of the 9/11 victims on detainee’s body
Interrogation team left detainee to watch 9/11 video
Detainee exercised and used the latrine
Detainee exercised by doing knee bends. SGT M implemented SPC P’s “Mohammad the Slave” theme. Detainee stated that he is God’s slave. Circumstantial evidence theme.
Detainee went to the latrine and drank two bottles of water to avoid get an enema
SGT M took over interrogation
Detainee went to the latrine
Detainee refused food and water
Detainee exercised and refused food and water. SGT B began interrogation
Detainee was told it was time for prayer and was offered water. Detainee refused the water. Detainee was then taken to the bathroom and walked 10 minutes. He then said he wanted prayer and would drink. He was told that he could have the water, however the time for prayer had passed.
Detainee requested prayer. He was told it was not time.
Control re-entered, continued circumstantial evidence, then switched to 9-11.
Detainee taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
Detainee asked for bathroom break and was refused as he was using it as a ploy to interrupt interrogation.
Control entered room and started 9-11 theme. Detainee professed his innocence. Theme was switched to circumstantial evidence.
Taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
Detainee spoke with lead for a period of time but then began whining so lead left.
Subject was given cheeseburger and MRE. He had some worry if the burger was O.K. for him to eat, he finally decided it was.
Offered water for prayer. At first detainee rejected but then accepted.
Took pictures of 9-11 victims down.
Interrogation team entered the booth. ENS C (lead), IS1 E (control), and a female DOD linguist. Lead made small talk about family. Detainee non-responsive.
After revisiting words written on the wall by control, detainee said (paraphrased) “You are using those words against me and they are hurting me. There’s no need to say those things to me. No man would accept those words.”
Lead begins session, returning to Al Qaida falling apart. Asks detainee why Bin Al Shibh is better than him.
Control takes break. Medical shows up and checks vitals. Detainee takes walk. Control asks in Arabic “how are you Mohammed?” Detainee responds in arabic “not bad”.
Control gives Arabic lesson to detainee. Control writes the Arabic words for “liar” ,”coward”, and “failure” on the wall. Control asks detainee “are you a liar? Are you a failure? Are you a coward? Yes you are.” Detainee seemed surprised at control’s knowledge of Arabic. Control did this in response to detainee’s earlier use of english. Detainee said nothing during this session but showed apparent signs of anger toward the theme.
Detainee placed in swivel chair. As control talked about victims’ pictures on wall, MPs rolled detainee to each picture. Particular attention was paid to the children. Control asked “Are these the faces of evil?” Detainee struggled with MPs during his stay in swivel chair. Detainee gets explanation of use of enima – seems embarrassed.
When control entered booth, detainee stated in English “Excuse me sergeant, I want to pray.” Control said “Have you earned prayer? I know you have a lot to ask forgiveness for, but I already told you that you have to earn it.” Detainee says “Please, I want to pray here” (pointing to floor next to his chair). Control responds no.
Detainee told that he would be going to the bathroom. He said he didn’t have to go, but was told that he would go because we wanted him to. 0630
Lead began asking about detainee’s family and asking what happened in his household that produced a terrorist. Lead also talked about pictures of 9-11 victims on the wall, focusing on children. Detainee still won’t look at lead. Detainee was told that if God keeps track of your sins, he would have millions so he should not be concerned about something as small as looking at a woman.
Lead begins Al Qaida falling apart theme, goes into pride and ego down. Detainee was repeatedly shown picture of Bin Al Shibh and asked why Bin Al Shibh’s life was viewed as being more valuable than his. Detainee told that Bin Al Shibh was viewed as a future leader. Lead wondered out loud why Bin Al Shibh is better than detainee, if Saudis are supposed to be better than Yemenis. Detainee was told he should show Bin Al Shibh respect because he is better than detainee.
SGT R (control) woke detainee up. Detainee drank _ bottle of water, goes to bathroom and walks. Corpsman checks vitals. Detainee’s feet appear more swollen than yesterday. Detainee refused aspirin (offered to help reduce swelling). SGT A (lead) asks detainee about the kicking and spitting incident the night before. Lead explains how detainee has no control.
Medical personnel check detainee’s vital signs. Detainee went to sleep.
Detainee proclaimed his innocence
Detainee spit on SGT M after SGT M said, “This was the reason (referring to the attacks of September 11) of your miserable existence; to go to the United States and kill innocent people.” Detainee also accused SGT M of working with the Jinn.
SGT M read several passages out of the Koran that condemned Al-Qaida.
Detainee requested that SGT M stop saying that the Al-Qaida raped the Koran. He also said, “God is not Al-Qaida and the Koran cannot be raped.”
SGT M took over the interrogation.
Detainee took the stool softener medication
Detainee went to the latrine and exercised
SGT B continued with Al-Qaida Falling Apart theme and introduced detainee to the victims of 9/11. At this point, SGT B was very firm with detainee and took the moral high ground. SGT B expressed his disgust for detainee and accused detainee of being “unclean” because of his malicious intentions and desires to kill innocent men, women, and children. Detainee took great offense to being accused of being unclean and accused SGT B of not knowing what a harsh word he used.
SGT M initiated the Al-Qaida Falling Apart theme.
Detainee refused stool softener medication.
Detainee was sent to the restroom, but tried to resist.
9/11 Video was played for detainee. He became very agitated and violent. He tried to kick the DVD player and assault SGT M. MP had to restrain detainee. SGT M agitated detainee by grasping his shoulder and asking him the following two questions:
Who did you work for in Al-Qaida?
What was Al-Qaida doing in America?
Detainee drank water and went to the latrine.
SGT M took over interrogation. Detainee became very agitated and yelled at SGT M for about five minutes. Detainee was restrained. SGT M continually stated that UBL’s mission was unrighteous and misguided and continually asked detainee who he worked for in Al-Qaida.
Interrogation team discussed the irony of Usama bin Laden choosing the name Al-Qaida (The Base) for his organization. Interrogation team took the position that God and the Koran should be the base and the foundation in everybody’s life.
Detainee used latrine and exercised.
Detainee requested water and drank _ bottle
SGT B began interrogation by talking about the numerous slip-ups that detainee has made since returning to Camp X-Ray.
Interrogators offered to let detainee pray.
Detainee was taken to bathroom.
Detainee complained of pain in head, and was offered a nap.
Lead began speaking with detainee about prayer and Islam.
Detainee asked to use the bathroom and was taken.
Medical visited detainee regarding constipation. Detainee was offered a suppository rub but he refused, saying he wanted an oral stool softener.
Lead and detainee engaged in small talk about prayer.
Detainee asked to eat and was offered the homemade meal. Control entered room and displayed agitation that detainee was now eating (a rehearsed event).
Detainee taken to bathroom. He stated that he made a small bowel movement.
Detainee asked for prayer. He was told he would have to drink water. Detainee took a small drink and was told he would have to take the whole bottle. He finished the bottle and was allowed to pray.
Team brought in a home cooked Arab meal and offered to detainee. Detainee declined to eat and team ate in front of him.
Interrogation team entered booth. ENS C (lead), IS1 E (control) and a female DOD linguist. Lead made polite conversation but detainee did not engage. Detainee asked for prayer. Was told it was not time yet. Detainee was offered water but refused. Detainee said he was fasting.
Detainee awakened and taken to the restroom.
Control puts detainee in swivel chair at MAJ L’s suggestion to keep him awake and stop him from fixing his eyes on one spot in booth. Detainee struggled with MP when MP moved chair. Control used “onion” analogy to explain how detainee’s control over his life is being stripped away. Control gives detainee three facts: we are hunting down Al Qaida every day, we will not stop until they are captured or killed, we control every aspect of your life. Detainee did not speak but became very angry with control.
Lead starts “failure” approach with Al Qaida falling apart theme.
Detainee goes to bathroom and is walked around to stay awake.
Doctor checks vitals – O.K. Lead starts Saudi Government theme and Al Qaida falling apart and talking theme. Lead covers circumstantial evidence theme in soft but stern voice. Detainee appears to be listening to lead.
Control explains the enima procedure. Control begins circumstantial evidence theme with “you’re a failure approach”. Detainee’s body language indicated he was becoming angry. Control nicknames detainee “Mo”.
Video over. Detainee prayed and taken to bathroom. Detainee stated he was constipated. Corpsman states detainee is impacted and needs to drink three bottles of water or the detainee will be given an enima.
Lead started playing 9-11 video. Detainee asked to go to bathroom half way through the video. Lead told him he would have to wait because she thinks he just asks for bathroom breaks just to get a mental break. Detainee did not ask to go to bathroom again.
Detainee asked to pray at sunrise. Lead told him that he must drink _ bottle of water. Detainee held his hands up and readily accepted the water.
SGT R (control) wakes detainee. Detainee goes to bathroom. MPs walk detainee around to wake him up and get fluids from IV to move. His feet have swollen due to excess fluid. SGT A (lead) begins Manchester Document.
Interrogation ended. Medical check. Detainee was walked around the room for five minutes before going to bed to get his blood circulating. Detainee’s feet were elevated to reduce swelling in his feet.
Detainee shut down and medical personnel check detainee. Detainee used the restroom
Detainee was on the verge of breaking
Detainee said, “If I told the truth, everybody would get mad. If you interrogated me correctly… maybe if you rested and I rested… One interrogator after another… God and his angels see what is happening.”
Detainee claimed that the interrogations are based on malice, hate, and jealousy. He said, “The treatment is wild and animalistic. Everybody has limits. Once those limits are crossed, what is somebody suppose to do?”
Detainee proclaims his innocence and requested that SGT M stop talking about Islam. (ie Usama bin Laden raped Islam. UBL hijacked Islam) Detainee stated, “If you interrogate me in the right way and the right position… you might find some answers.
Detainee became very uncomfortable with SGT M’s hand on his shoulder and tried to move it. Detainee seemed very disgusted at SGT M
Manchester Document theme/futility – Did you see how quickly the United States took over Afghanistan and how quickly the Jihadist fled the country or surrendered.
SGT M takes over interrogation
Muslims in America theme
Detainee uses the latrine, walks around outside, and does knee bends to get the blood circulating. Medical check. Detainee checked out medically
Detainee drinks a bottle of water and is allowed to pray. Comparison is made between idol worship and swearing Bay’a to Usama bin Laden.
SGT B takes over interrogation
Manchester Document theme/futility
Why doesn’t Usama bin Laden use his children, or why does he not participate in suicide missions? Al-Qaida is falling apart theme/futility. SGT M reviewed with detainee the slips that he made.
Manchester Document/Futility- The Al-Qaida training manual was written by somebody who never went through an interrogation.
SGT M takes over the interrogation. P&E down was employed (ie You look like hell. Do you want to see me everyday and pray on the floor where you urinated?)
Detainee refused food and water
Levels of guilt was introduced.
SGT B began interrogation. Detainee refused to speak. Muslims in America theme was introduced.
Detainee told it is time for prayer but he must drink water first. Detainee took one sip but was told he must drink it all. Detainee refused to drink water.
Detainee laid down with feet elevated due to swelling of feet. Detainee slept for 45 minutes.
Lead continues to try to engage detainee in conversation. Detainee unresponsive.
Control enters and offers water. Detainee says he is fasting due to Ramadan. Detainee requested to pray and was told he could only pray if he drinks water. Detainee continues to refuse water but exchanges in dialogue with control. Detainee was allowed 10 minutes to pray. Medical removes shunt from arm.
Detainee offered food and water. Detainee refuses. Team ate outside of detainee’s presence.
Lead re-enters but subject continues not to engage in conversation. Lead runs “Circumstantial Evidence” theme. Medical checks detainee’s circulation.
Detainee continues the silent conduct. Lead leaves and control instructs detainee to stand for ten minutes to stretch and wake up.
Second shift interrogation team enters booth – ENS C (lead) and IS1 E (control). Lead begins speaking to detainee but the detainee looks down and away.
SGT R runs a harsh pride & ego down approach. ENS C (as rehearsed earlier) comes in and asks SGT R what he is doing. ENS C says “Don’t talk to him like that, he’s a human being.” SGT R says “Human beings don’t kill 3000 people” and storms out.
SGT A gives “Futility” approach.
SGT R wakes up detainee. Detainee goes to bathroom and is searched.
SGT A allows detainee to sleep for 30 minutes. Detainee has spoken very little through the session and keeps falling asleep. The 30 minutes may help him engage a little more. After a brief discussion, interrogators decided to let detainee sleep until 1000 hoping to improve participation.
SGT R covers “Failures” with more emphasis.
SGT A covers “What we know” theme.
Doctor gives detainee checkup – vitals are good – shunt is cleaned – swelling in hand has gone down.
SGT R covers detainee’s personal failures.
SGT A covers circumstantial evidence theme.
interrogators take a break. Corpsman states we need to elevate left hand to alleviate swelling. Hand is cuffed above hand with a soft strap. No tension is on the arm. Detainee states he doesn’t want his hand tied up. “I will take responsibility for my hand” SGT A states “I’m glad you are taking responsibility for your hand. Not drinking caused the swelling.”
Detainee begins to chant. SGT R says, “If you continue to chant, I’ll turn on the music” Detainee stops chanting.
SGT A allows detainee to sit down. SGT R explains the difference between his will and God’s will. Detainee asks to pray. SGT A says, “You can pray after you drink water” Detainee says he is fasting. SGT A doesn’t allow prayer.
SGT R makes detainee stand up to avoid sleep.
SGT R makes detainee stand up to avoid sleep for two minutes.
Detainee is stood up for 2 minutes to avoid sleep.
Detainee is returned to chair. SGT A gives Arabic greeting detainee returns it. Detainee says he’s mentally sick. SGT A explains to everyone in room how detainee is using Al-Qaida handbook. Corpsman rechecks vitals.
SGT A tells detainee that no one feels sorry for him; he has brought this on himself. Detainee takes two sips of water. Corpsman checks vitals. Guards take detainee on walk to wake him up. Detainee has not spoken a word.
SGT R allows detainee to sit down.
SGT A explains how detainee is not mentally sick, he simply feels guilty.
SGT R makes detainee stand again to avoid sleep.
SGT R states that because he (SGT R) is such a kind-hearted guy, he’ll let detainee sit down, but detainee will stand again if he falls asleep.
SGT A uses “ Manchester Document” theme, explains to detainee how he uses interrogation resistance techniques. Detainee is unresponsive; he has yet to speak a word. SGT R makes detainee stand up to avoid sleeping.
SGT A begins by quoting a verse from Qoran. Detainee is awake, but completely unresponsive.
SGT R wakes detainee- MPs take detainee to bathroom- he is searched and cuffed to chair. Detainee takes a couple sips of water. SGT A advises detainee that a bottle of water is much easier than a bag.
Detainee was checked by medical personnel and was allowed to rest
Detainee refused food and water
Futility and self-inflicted suffering
Manchester Document – security plans
Detainee went to the restroom
Detainee refused to talk about his mission, the one that was between him and God.
Detainee requested to go back to Cuba
Detainee claimed to have been pressured into making a confession
Detainee began to cry while watching 9/11 video
Break. Detainee refused both food and water.
SGT M continues GWOT theme
Detainee asked about Ramadan
SGT B takes over interrogation and goes over the Manchester Document
Circumstantial evidence theme
Detainee asserted his innocence and expressed remorse over the terrorist attacks
Detainee claimed that he admitted to be Al-Qaida because of the intense psychological pressure
Detainee claimed he was innocent and that everything was just a coincidence.
Third shift commenced interrogating detainee.
Control re-entered and continued 9-11 theme until relieved. Detainee did not speak but was actively listening and viewed all photos.
Detainee given opportunity to pray. He wanted to check if the sun was down himself but was refused.
Team exited for a break. Control returned and began 9-11 theme.
Resumed with detainee engaging very little.
Detainee began talking about his situation. He continued to engage but much less.
Detainee began crying and praying.
Detainee stated “You are working with the devil. You can take me back to my brothers. I will not eat anymore. I will not drink anymore and I am not going to talk anymore.”
Detainee said “After I ate I feel better and will not talk.”
Detainee requested a third MRE. He was given an MRE and drank half a bottle of water. Detainee slowly engaged less and less while he ate. Detainee became evasive on most simple of requests.
Detainee said that when he came to Orlando he was turned away due to a visa problem. He said that he was coming on his own and was not Al Qaida. He said he did not know Usama bin Laden. He said “I don’t know what God wants.” Lead talked about the oath to Usama bin Laden and the detainee sat in silence listening intently. He said he knows nothing about Usama bin Laden.
Detainee began crying hard spontaneously.
Detainee requested a second MRE as he was still hungry. He said he would end the hunger strike to stop the IVs. Lead kept small talk going.
Interrogation team entered room and detainee engaged in conversation regarding his statement about being Al Qaida. He said that he was mad at the guards and under much pressure.
Detainee was given an opportunity to pray.
Detainee taken to restroom. He was told to empty himself completely. Detainee then washed and changed clothing.
Detainee released from gurney and sat in chair. He ate two bites of meal and said it was enough. Control said he promised to eat the whole meal. Detainee ate the whole MRE.
Detainee said that he would eat.
Detainee in clear voice said that he needed to use the restroom. He engaged in clear and articulate conversation about getting off the gurney.
Lead began talking with detainee. Detainee began moaning and turning his head from right to left.
Detainee requested to use the restroom. When offered a bottle he said that he wanted to go outside. Control told him he could not, he would have to use the bottle. Detainee agreed. As preparations were being made control was talking about his behavior and how to get off the gurney, detainee urinated in his pants.
Interrogation team entered the booth; ENS C (Lead), IS1 E (Control), and a female DOD linguist. Lead attempted to engage detainee in conversation but detainee was unresponsive.
Assessment – Detainee has a greater deal of animosity toward SGT R. He is beginning to understand the futility of his situation. He has to understand that his antics will not stop the interrogation at all. We feel he is slowly realizing that he will not outlast the battle of wills. He is much closer to compliance and cooperation now than at the beginning of the operation.
Detainee again said he has to go to bathroom. SGT R said he can go in the bottle. Detainee said he wanted to go to the bathroom because it’s more comfortable. SGT R said “You’ve ruined all trust, you can either go in the bottle or in your pants.” Detainee goes in his pants. SGT A continued approach.
Detainee was given three and one-half bags of IV. He started moaning and told the MPs he’s willing to talk so he can urinate. SGT A entered the booth and asked the following questions: Who do you work for? (Detainee answered: Al Qaida), Who was your leader? (Detainee answered: Usama bin Laden), Why did you go to Orlando? (Detainee answered: I wasn’t told the mission), Who was meeting you? (Detainee answered: I don’t know), Who was with you on the plane? (Detainee answered: I was by myself). SGT R told detainee he was wasting SGT R’s time. Detainee told SGT A he was willing to drink.
Detainee requested to go to the bathroom but was given an opportunity to use a bottle instead. He was told he will not be unstrapped.
SGT A resumed the previous approach.
SGT A ran the “already captured and talking” approach. When SGT R entered the booth the detainee reached for the IV. The guard stopped him and he reached again. The guards stopped him and cuffed his hands to the chair so he couldn’t reach the IV. The detainee bent over and bit the IV tube completely in two. The guards strapped him to a stretcher and the corpsman attached a new IV. The detainee struggled through the entire process, but could no longer reach the IV.
Doctor arrived and ran an IV by putting in a temporary shunt to allow continuous IV.
Assessment – His reaction to SGT R was a combination of his guilt (possibly at not participating in the attack), his continuous interrogation, and his obvious hatred of SGT R. He was told after the episode that it proves he’s not as weak and mentally ill as he wants us to believe.
SGT A continued circumstantial evidence theme.
Doctor attempted to put in IV and was unsuccessful. The doctor left to get more supplies.
SGT A showed circumstantial evidence and told detainee repeatedly that she won’t go away and neither will the evidence.
To follow up on “Gods message”, SGT R showed 9-11 DVD. SGT R stood behind detainee and whispered in his ear , “What is God telling you right now? Your 19 friends died in a fireball and you weren’t with them. Was that God’s choice? Is it God’s will that you stay alive to tell us about his message?” At that point, detainee threw his head back and butted SGT R in the eye. The 2 MPs in the room wrestled detainee to the ground to regain control. SGT R crouched over detainee and the detainee attempted to spit on him. SGT R stated “Go ahead and spit on me. It won’t change anything. You’re still here. I’m still talking to you, and you won’t leave until you’ve given Gods message.” Detainee is put in chair.
Corpsman tried several times to get IV into the detainee without success. The corpsman stated that the detainee’s dehydration was causing his veins to roll in his arm. The corpsman succeeded in getting a IV in the top of the hand but the IV stopped flowing. The corpsman retried the IV in the hand but was unsuccessful. The doctor was called to make a trip to perform an assessment.
SGT A again advised detainee that he must drink or get an IV.
Woke detainee and corpsman took vitals. Corpsman advised SGT R that detainee must take oral liquids within one hour or detainee will be given IV solution. SGT R provided SGT A with a bottle of powdered Tang mixed with water in order to provide electrolytes. SGT A advised detainee that he must drink bottle or he’ll get another IV. She offered the incentive of morning prayer if he drank. Detainee refused. SGT A began with a “your mission” approach. SGT A asks detainee “what do you think is God’s mission for you”, “you have a mission to share God’s message.” Detainee was unresponsive.
Pressure wrap was put on detainee’s feet to combat the swelling. Detainee was put to bed.
Detainee began to cry.
Medical personnel checked vitals signs. All vital signs were normal.
Detainee used restroom and asked if he wanted food or water.
Detainee said he was cold and the AC was turned off.
Discussion turned to the Koran. SGT M asked detainee to show him in the Koran where it authorizes the use of terrorism.
Detainee was asked if his allegiance to Al-Qaida was greater than his allegiance to God. SGT M emphasized that detainee has choices and that detainee was responsible for his current condition.
Detainee was offered anonymity in exchange for his cooperation. SGT M reminded detainee about false statements that he made in the past.
Detainee’s vital signs were checked and it was determined that he was in good condition.
Detainee was offered food and told that he has already missed five meals.
Detainee seemed disturbed that everybody was talking and that he was left here all alone.
Detainee used restroom and prayed.
Detainee was told that he had been abandoned by Al-Qaida and that he should stop trying to protect them.
Medical doctor arrives to evaluate detainee to ensure he is physically able to continue. Detainee stated that he wanted to sign a form or a release stating that he did not want any medications. The doctor explained that no such form exists. Detainee was informed that we would not let him die.
Detainee was given two bags of fluids. Detainee stated that he did not want an IV and that he was in control of his body. SGT M asserted that he was in control and that detainee has no choice but to cooperate.
Medical personnel checked vital signs and determined that detainee needed to be hydrated.
Detainee awoken and given opportunity to pray and use the restroom. Detainee refused to drink water and consequently was not allowed to pray.
Detainee was allowed to sleep. Detainee was told that he would be awoken and could pray if he drank water.
Detainee was silent and unresponsive. He averted his eyes when the 9/11 video was playing. Control interrogation initiated a “judgment day approach.” Detainee’s facial expressions indicated some responsiveness to the approach.
Interrogators reentered room and discussion ensues about returning to his brothers in Cuba. Detainee became somewhat upset and claimed that the treatment he was receiving was illegal. “Evidence of guilt” was reinforced and detainee was introduced to the implications of conspiracy to commit crimes. Detainee was questioned about a statement he made the previous day, “I was only doing what God wanted me to do.” Detainee asked several times if he really said that. When pressed on the issue, detainee stated that he wanted a normal life that what happened was between him and God. Lead interrogator pointed out to detainee that he could be a messenger for God and his cause. Detainee became visibly anxious.
Detainee agreed to drink water in return for being allowed to pray.
Detainee stated, “I think now we are in Ramadan.”
Detainee was searched
Vitals were checked
Detainee was asked if he wanted water. Detainee understands that in order to pray, he must drink water.
Strap was hung from ceiling in anticipation of the doctor’s arrival.
Detainee was unhand cuffed and interrogation team ate in front of him. Detainee’s nose turned red when his judgment was questioned. In the past, this has indicated that he was getting upset.
Detainee is offered a fish sandwich, French fries, coke and a yogurt parfait. Request was made to unhand cuff detainee, but there was no key. Detainee did not eat.
ENS C and IS1 E entered booth. Detainee was not very responsive.
SGT A begins “Good Muslim” approach.
SGT R asks how the detainee will act on judgment day. Will he be proud, will he beg forgiveness or will he remain silent like a coward, just as he’s doing now. The detainee appeared to be thinking about what SGT R said.
The detainee demands to go to the bathroom. SGT R states he will not go until he asks properly. The detainee says “please may I go to the bathroom?. SGT A allows him.
Detainee showed visible signs of interest when SGT A states “all will be revealed on judgment day”.
SGT A begins September 11 approach.
CAPT W advises SGT R that the Corpsman can administer IV fluids once Capt W and the Doctor on duty are notified and agree to it.
SGT A talks about the embarrassment of using a weak cover story and mixes in the “You can make this stop” approach. The detainee remains unresponsive.
SGT A discusses levels of guilt and sin.
SGT A asks the detainee if he wants to pray and sleep. The detainee says yes. SGT A says you have to drink water. The detainee says no. SGT R gives detainee 1 more chance. The detainee says no. SGT R empties water on floor and tells the detainee “you had your chance”. The Corpsman then checks the detainee’s vital signs, they are OK.
SGT R has the detainee stand for 10 minutes to stretch and avoid sleeping.
SGT A uses “Level of Guilt” approach.
SGT R removes food from table and tells the detainee he missed his chance. SGT R explains that the detainee’s refusal to eat hurts only him. SGT R will not loose any sleep over it.
SGT A offers meal to detainee. The detainee refuses. SGT R explains that refusal to eat is unproductive. SGT A offers 30 minutes rest. The detainee refuses. Interrogators had Corpsman check the detainee’s vital signs. The detainee has not taken fluids for over 24 hours. Corpsman states vital signs are good. The detainee still refuses to speak a word.
SGT A talks about “Brothers in Cuba”. Detainee remains unresponsive.
SGT R makes detainee stand up 3 times, and tells the detainee to pay attention. SGT R gives 5 minutes of instruction on the proper way to show respect to SGT A.
SGT A briefly covers the Manchester Document, saying that his actions and answers during interrogations follow the resistance techniques in the document “It’s just another piece of evidence.”
SGT A begins “ Muslims in America Theme”. Detainee is unresponsive
Detainee states he wants to pray. SGT R explains that he must respectfully ask SGT A for prayer time, the detainee does so and SGT A allows prayer.
Detainee again asks to pray. SGT R says no.
SGT A is telling a story about an owl (Rapport Story). The detainee interrupts and states he wants to pray. SGT R advises detainee that SGT A decides when he prays. SGT R also explains that interrupting is rude.
SGT R makes the detainee stand up 3 times and tells him to pay attention.
Detainee continues to be unresponsive. SGT A continues to point out the mistakes that stopped him from entering Orlando, and the connections the detainee has with the hijackers.
SGT R makes the detainee stand up and sit down 3 times. SGT R explains sleeping and not paying attention will not be tolerated. SGT A explains that his continued silence, while evidence builds against him hurts no one but him.
SGT R advises detainee not to sleep.
SGT R advises detainee not to sleep.
SGT A is fusing the Level of Guilt Theme with the Evidence. The Detainee is not speaking, but appears to be listening carefully. SGT A is pointing out the little mistakes the detainee made that lead to the evidence that “glue the detainee to hijackers”. The detainee becomes unresponsive.
Detainee wants to know if SGT A wants interrogation questions answered. SGT A states she doesn’t need an answer. The detainee seems disheartened by her response.
Detainee engages in conversation with SGT A over the evidence. Detainee states that the (U.S.) shouldn’t glue the hijackers to him. SGT A states that the evidence does that.
Detainee states he won’t participate in interrogations until he returns to Cuba with his brothers, and until we stop this injustice. SGT R explains that he has no right to talk of injustice.
Detainee states that he won’t look at pictures because the people in the pictures don’t pertain to his case, and because he’s striking from interrogations.
Detainee nods off. SGT R explains that falling asleep is wrong.
SGT A begins by showing pictures of 19 hijackers and making remarks about what they may have been like, especially the young ones. Detainee won’t look at pictures. SGT A asks why detainee won’t look at pictures detainee won’t answer, SGT A is using the circumstantial evidence theme.
SGT R and SGT A begin session. SGT R wakes 063. He is taken to the bathroom and walked around for 5 minutes to wake him up. SGT A greets 063. Detainee asks to perform sunrise prayer. SGT A tells him the sun hasn’t come up yet and that she will allow prayer later. SGT A offers water, but detainee refuses. Detainee asks when Ramadan will begin, SGT A says she’ll talk about that later. SGT A tells detainee that he is on hunger strike, so how would Ramadan make a difference? SGT A asks detainee what would be different if it was Ramadan, detainee states he doesn’t know how to answer the question, and detainee becomes unresponsive.
Activities concluded for the day and detainee allowed to sleep.
Return from break. Detainee awakened and taken to restroom then secured in chair.
Break. Detainee used restroom and was allowed to sleep.
Returned from break. SGT B told the detainee “I want to help and I won’t let anything bad happen to you.” Detainee became unresponsive.
Detainee cried. He wants to be taken back to Delta and he will talk. He was told that he had to earn his way back to Delta.
The detainee started speaking when told about the Koran and being judged by Allah and that leaders of AQ twisted the words. The detainee spoke very emotionally . SGT B asked to explain how this came about. Why he is the only one holding on and everyone else is speaking . SGT B stated “don’t worry about a military judge worry about Allah, the Koran doesn’t say kill the innocent. Make things right, repent.”
Returned from break.
Detainee was told that he failed in his mission to the United States and in the Jihad in Afghanistan he again showed a facial response of failure.
Circumstantial evidence was explained to the detainee. The Detainee stared at all of the documents and was visibily shaken. He seemed disturbed that the AQ leadership was talking, the detainee didn’t say anything but he was making noticeable facial expressions.
Detainee was asked if he would like to go the bathroom and if he wanted to nap.
Manchester Document was presented to the detainee. The detainee reacted when the description of an AQ operative was brought up.
Detainee is offered food and water. He stated he was on a hunger strike. Food and water was provided anyway and placed next to him.
Detainee spoke and said it has been a hard long day, also that he is on a hunger and talking strike.
Detainee requested and was given a bathroom break. Detainee returned hardened.
The detainee engaged in conversation regarding family and dreams. He asked why the interrogator was causing him pain talking of family and things he could not have. The detainee began to cry.
Read names of captured and killed AQ. The detainee stared off but was listening and closed his eyes when he heard some of the names of the dead.
Detainee was shown 9/11 video. The detainee did watch without exhibiting any emotion. The detainee averted eyes from the photos of the hijackers.
Lunch. Detainee refused to eat. At first he said he would eat, but then said that he was mentally not well and had only agreed because he was not thinking clearly.
Detainee given opportunity to pray.
Interrogators returned and told the detainee it would be 20 minutes and then time to pray.
The detainee began to shut down and not respond. He said that he would not speak at all.
The detainee asked if it was time to pray and was told not yet. The detainee then began asking what month it is. When not given an answer he persisted and then became quiet for about 10 minutes and then began again to engage in some conversation.
The detainee is awakened and secured in chair. The interrogators are ENS C and IS1 E. A DoD linguist is present. The detainee is offered to use the restroom. The detainee is taken to the bathroom. The detainee then was starring at the floor for several minutes. When ENS C asked “what is on your mind” the detainee looked at the interrogator and began talking a lot about how unfair his situation was.
Observations – Detainee attempts to control the interrogation by complaining about his treatment, his mental illness, and his separation from his brothers in Cuba. When shown articles of 9/11, the detainee looked at pictures attentively. The detainee was repeatedly told that he is a man, and part of being a man is accepting responsibility for your actions. Whenever the detainee said that “it is God’s will for him to be sitting in front of me, having to acknowledge and accept responsibility for his actions. The detainee went as far as to state that his religion forbids him to even speak to a woman.
Detainee given 2 hours of rest. Interrogations will resume at 1030.
SGT A continues with 9/11 theme.
Detainee finishes meal and states again he is going on hunger strike. The detainee ate the entire MRE plus an extra cereal bar.
Detainee states he will eat meal, but after that he’s going on hunger strike, one hand is uncuffed to allow him to eat.
Detainee returns from bathroom break. He refuses a meal and states he is on hunger strike.
Detainee requests to go to the bathroom.
SGT R emphasized his frustration over detainees refusal to speak. SGT R denies detainees request to pray.
Interrogation resumes. SGT A continues with 9/11 theme.
Interrogators take break to discuss theme.
Detainee drinks _ bottle of water and states after this he is on strike, he refuses food.
SGT A begins 9/11 theme. The detainee asks to pray and is refused.
Interrogation resumes. The detainee refuses food and water.
Interrogators take a break. Detainee goes to the bathroom.
SGT R wakes up detainee again.
The detainee dozed off during a break. SGT R woke him up.
The detainee refused to answer whether he wanted water. SGT R explained with emphasis that not answering disrespects SGT A and embarrasses him. The detainee said no, he didn’t want water. The detainee continues to say he’s on hunger strike.
Detainee states he’s on hunger strike. SGT A explains the affects of a hunger strike on the body. SGT A runs “love of brothers in Cuba” approach.
Session begins. The detainee refuses to look at SGT A “due to his religion. This is a rapport building session.
The detainee arrives at the interrogation booth at Camp X-Ray. His hood is removed and he is bolted to the floor. SGT A and SGT R are the interrogators. A DoD linguist and MAJ L (BSCT) are present.