In January 2004, Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7 and the senior military official in Iraq, requested an investigation of "the conduct of operations within the 800th Military Police Brigade" following "reports of detainee abuse, escapes from confinement facilities, and accountability lapses, which indicated systemic problems within the brigade and suggested a lack of clear standards, proficiency, and leadership." Consequently, Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba was appointed and directed by Lt. Gen. David McKiernan to conduct an informal investigation into complaints of military police wrongdoing at Abu Ghraib prison and other U.S. confinement facilities in Iraq, and produced what has been characterized as the U.S. Army Report on Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners, which has been published on the internet since May 5, 2004. 
Online Sources of the Report
- Kurt Nimmo, "Those Missing Taguba Pages. More Dirty Tricks in TortureGate," CounterPunch, May 24, 2004.
- "Some 2,000 pages said to be missing from Senate's copy of prisoner abuse report," AP, May 23, 2004.
- Notebook, TIME.com, May 31, 2004 (Issue); posted May 22, 2004.