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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 816-04
August 24, 2004

Independent Panel Delivers Detention Operations Report

The members of the Independent Panel to Review DoD Detention Operations briefed Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld this morning as they delivered their final report.

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 retired 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.

Link to the report: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Aug2004/d20040824finalreport.pdf