The September and October Sanchez memos (3/29/05)

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The September and October Sanchez memos (3/29/05)

Covered by: churchofhuckfinn @ sbcglobal.net aka Tirge Caps
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September 14, 2003 Memo

The September Sanchez memo, is General Sanchez's model for Interrogation and Counter-Resistance Policy. Sanchez was the commanding officer of Combined Joint Task Force Seven, who's mission was to conduct offensive operations aimed at defeating "noncompliant" forces.

This is the memo the ACLU has requested the AG that Sanchez be open to a perjury investigation.

Sanchez states at the beginning of the memo that this policy has been "modeled on the one implemented for interrogations conducted at Guantánamo Bay, but modified for applicability to a theater of war in which the Geneva Conventions apply. Unless otherwise directed, my intent is to implement this policy immediately."

The second page introduces his intent: that this memo establishes the policy, he has approved of the following techniques, for some they require a written request and his approval.

Those techniques which require personal approval are:

B (S/NF)(U) Incentive/Removal of Incentive: Providing a reward or removing a privilege, above and beyond those that are required by the Geneva Convention, from detainees. [Caution: Other nations that believe detainees are entitled to EPW protection may consider that provision and retention of religious items (e.g. the Koran) are protected under international law (see, Geneva III, Article 34).]
• He doesn't specifically forbid Koran desecration.
I Pride and Ego Down: Attacking or insulting the ego of a detainee, not beyond the limits that would apply to an EPW. [Caution: Article 17 of Geneva III provides, "Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind." Other nations that believe detainees are entitled to EPW protections may consider this technique inconsistent with the provisions of Geneva.]
• For some reason this seems contradictory. How can the technique be inconsistent with Geneva if he instructs this to not occur beyond the limits applied to EPWs?
O (S/NF)(U) Mutt and Jeff: A team consisting of a friendly and harsh interrogator. The harsh interrogator might employ the Pride and Ego Down technique.[Caution: Other nations that believe that EPW protections apply to detainees may view this technique as inconsi