Request DoD Guidelines for Loud Music, Strobe Lights in Interrogations (SOUTHCOM)

Jeffrey Kaye filed this request with the SOUTHCOM - US Southern Command of the United States of America.
Tracking # SC 14-072
Due March 10, 2014
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Jeffrey Kaye

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

This is a FOIA request for all documents related to the use of loud music and strobe lights in detainee interrogations, subsequent to an April 1, 2005 recommendation (#13) in the Army Regulation 15-6 report, "Investigation into FBI Allegations of Detainee Abuse at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Detention Facility" (also known as the "Schmidt" or "Schmidt-Furlow Report"), hereafter "15-6 Report." This request includes any guidelines written for or by authorities or other appropriate staff for use of loud music and strobe lights, and the "Futility" technique in general, for use at or by Joint Task Force GTMO.

According to a declassified version of the recommendations in 15-6 Report, part of a Joint Staff review, the report's recommendation was described as follows: "Recommend JTF-GTMO develop specific guidance on the length of time that a detainee may be subjected to futility music. Placement of a detainee in the interrogation booth and subjecting him to loud music and strobe lights should be limited and conducted within clearly prescribed limits." See URL (pg. 9 of PDF): http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/operation_and_plans/Detainee/death_investigation/ghost_detainees/Pages_721-750_from_Joint_Staff_Ghost_Detainee_part_32_of_45.pdf

The FOIA requests specifically all documents related to such time or other limits described in the use of loud music and strobe lights, and also, if possible, a description of what is meant by "interrogation booth."

Moreover, the 15-6 Report recommendation tasked SOUTHCOM as OPR (Office of Primary Responsibility). USD, or the Under Secretary of Defense (likely the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence) was tasked as the OCR, or Office of Coordinating or Collateral Responsibility. As a result, this FOIA is being sent to both SOUTHCOM and the Office of Secretary of Defense.

Specifically, in my request for documents, I refer to all reports, memoranda, emails, transcripts, research papers, faxes, presentations, or other electronic or handwritten material, and also any magnetic material, such as videotape or audio recordings, pertinent to this request. If any is considered non-releasable, I ask that what is not classified or declassified be segregated such that it can be released.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Kaye

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION:UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

We assigned case control number SC 14-072 to your FOIA request.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
(305) 437-1108

From: SOUTHCOM - US Southern Command

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION:UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Key,

We're still pending responses from the offices tasked.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
(305) 437-1108

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION:UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our FOIA office is still pending response from the offices tasked.

Thank for contacting us.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
(305) 437-1108

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our FOIA office is still pending response from the offices tasked.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
(305) 437-1108

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

GTMO is still working of this case. I have contacted them asking for an status report. I will get back to you as soon I hear from them. Thank you for your patience.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our agency is still working in your FOIA request.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our Agency is still pending other offices response.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our office is still pending response from other offices tasked to conduct a search for information responsive to your request.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our office is still pending response from other offices tasked to conduct a search for information responsive to your request.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our office is still pending response from other offices tasked to conduct a search for information responsive to your request.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thank you for your help.

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our office is still pending response from the tasked office.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #SC 14-072.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our office is still pending response from the tasked office.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our office is still pending response from a tasked office.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our office is still pending response from a tasked office.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

The response to your FOIA request is currently pending Legal Review.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Currently we're working on some correction to the approximately 490 pages of information responsive to your request. I estimate that due to our current work load, we'll complete our cycle of review/redactions/and new legal review by the end of the next month.

Thank you for your patience.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our office continue working on the review and redactions of approximately 490 pages of information. Due to our current backlog we expect to complete this cycle of review and redactions by the end of April.

Thank you for your patience.

r/
Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

The final response to this case is currently under legal review.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

This case is at DoD and OGC for final review.

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

The final response to your FOIA request is still at DoD and OGC for final review.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

This case is currently back to GTMO for corrections, due to the volume of
information we expect the case back to our office in about 6 weeks. Thank
you for your patience.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108 < tel:305-437-1108 >
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320 < tel:305-437-1320 >
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil <
Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil >
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil <
Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil >
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov <
Caution-mailto:marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

This case is still at GTMO for corrections, due to the volume of information and inconsistencies noted in the propose redactions we expect the case back to our office in about 2 months. Thank you for your patience.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108 < tel:305-437-1108 >
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320 < tel:305-437-1320 >
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil <
Caution-Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil >
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil < Caution-Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil >
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov <
Caution-Caution-mailto:marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

Our office is working the final redactions on this case. We believe that the final response will be ready within the next 6 weeks.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108 < tel:305-437-1108 >
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320 < tel:305-437-1320 >
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil < Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil >
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil < Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil >
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov < Caution-mailto:marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Jeffrey Kaye

Hi Marco,

Thanks so much for the update!

Regards,
Jeff Kaye

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

We're currently seeking clarification in some of the redactions claimed within the documents. This process will take us about 6 weeks to complete.

r/

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108 < tel:305-437-1108 >
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320 < tel:305-437-1320 >
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil < Caution-Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil >
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil < Caution-Caution-mailto:marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil >
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov < Caution-Caution-mailto:marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Villalobos, Marco T CIV SOUTHCOM SC-CC (US)

Dr. Kaye,

Our office is still pending response from an outside agency, I have contacted them for an status update and I am still to receive their response. I will update you soonest.

v/r

Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: marco.villalobos@dodiis.ic.gov

From: SOUTHCOM - US Southern Command

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dr. Kaye,

I just received clarification from an outside agency related to how to handle some information within the responsive documents. We'll start working on this matter next week and hopefully by the end of next week your case will be forwarded to DoD OGC for their final review and release determination.

We truly appreciate your patience on this matter, a maximum effort will be made to provide you with the final response soonest.

v/r

Marco T. Villalobos
Command FOIA Manager
United States Southern Command
9301 NW 33rd | Doral, FL 33172
Office: 305-437-1108
DSN: 567-1108
Fax: 305-437-1320
OMB: southcom.miami.sc-cc.mbx.southcomfoia@mail.mil
NIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: marco.t.villalobos.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Marco.T.Villalobos@coe.ic.gov

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