Pentagon: New Detainee Rules The Pentagon announces new procedures for investigating the deaths of people in U.S. military custody. The new rules call for every death to be reported to military investigators and the Armed Forces medical examiner, who will decide if an autopsy is required. The guidelines are seen as an attempt to quell criticism of detainee deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
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Pentagon Adopts New Rules on Detainee Deaths

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Pentagon Adopts New Rules on Detainee Deaths

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The Pentagon announces new procedures for investigating the deaths of people in U.S. military custody. The new rules call for every death to be reported to military investigators and the Armed Forces medical examiner, who will decide if an autopsy is required.

U.S. Documents on Torture, Detainees
Several U.S. agencies have explored the question of possible abuses of people held in U.S. custody. Here are copies of the reports that NPR has obtained:

Pentagon Rules for Investigating Deaths in U.S. Custody

Defense Dept. Memo on Using Torture

Army Report on U.S. Prison Abuses in Iraq

The Secretary of Defense must be informed of all deaths in custody, as well. The guidelines are seen as an attempt to quell criticism of detainee deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.