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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 041-04
August 23, 2004

Independent Panel Delivers Final Report

            The members of the Independent Panel to Review DoD Detention Operations will brief Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld Tuesday as they deliver their final report. Following the briefing, the panel will conduct a press conference on Tuesday, 24 August at 2 p.m. EDT in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon, 2E579 to detail its findings and recommendations.

            The four members of the panel were appointed by the secretary to provide him their objective and independent advice and recommendations regarding the allegations and investigations of abuse at DoD detention facilities. 

            James R. Schlesinger, secretary of defense for Presidents Nixon and Ford and secretary of energy for President Carter, served as the panel's chairman. 

            Harold Brown, secretary of defense for President Carter; former U.S. Representative Tillie K. Fowler, senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of last year's investigation into sexual misconduct at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Air Force Gen. Charles A. Horner, who led the air campaign in the 1991 Iraq War and former commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Space Command, served as its members.

            Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the North Parking Entrance only.   Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.   Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.

            This briefing can be downlinked for broadcast on local cable systems.  Technical information on downlinking can be found at  http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/how.aspx

            The point of contact for the panel is Tom Alexander, (202) 457-1817.