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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 433-04
May 07, 2004

Secretary Rumsfeld Announces DoD Detention Operations Review

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced today that four distinguished citizens have agreed to reviewDepartment of Defense detention operations. They will provide independent, professional advice to the Secretary on issues related to recent allegations of mistreatment of detainees. They will address issues such as force structure, training of regular and reserve personnel, organization, detention policy and procedures, interrogation policy and procedures, command relationships and operational practices.

The following individuals have agreed to participate in this review: Dr. James Schlesinger, Ms. Tillie Fowler, retired General Charles Horner and Dr. Harold Brown. I appreciate that these distinguished, experienced people have agreed to devote their considerable talents to this important task, said Rumsfeld.

They will have access to all relevant DoD investigative reports and other information to the maximum extent possible and may also talk with individuals who may have information pertinent to their review. I will encourage them to meet with members of Congress to keep them apprised of their progress, said Rumsfeld. I look forward to their suggestions and recommendations.

They will be asked to report their findings within 45 days of taking up their duties.