investigations and Analysis
This Senate Armed Services Committee inquiry examines the development of U.S. treatment of detainees and the effects it has had upon U.S. theater operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report details the legal and political timeline which resulted in using aggressive interrogation techniques, and largely concludes that decisions were expedited or completely shortened, to the detriment of a thorough examination of the consequences and legality of such practices.
In this report, the Senate Armed Services Committee found serious flaws, failures and unsatisfactory performance in the use of private security contractors in Afghanistan. The report documents the subcontracts given to Afghan warlords to provide security services for U.S. bases and troops and the significant negative impact it has on the U.S. mission for security in Afghanistan. The report also documents the poor performance of the contractors overall, and the failure of the DOD to properly conduct oversight of these personnel.