Jeanette Arocho-Burkart

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Jeanette Arocho-Burkart
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Guantanamo Bay
Other work Contractor, Phoenix Consulting
Interrogation instructor, Fort Huachuca

Jeanette Arocho-Burkart was a Sergeant E-5 in the United States Army.

Military career[edit]

Arocho-Burkart was an interrogator at the American prison in the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay. She is known as one of the female interrogators who used sexual humiliation, and sexual taunting, to break the will of her devout Muslim captives. The New York Daily News reported that she forced her captives to fondle her breasts.[1]

In her most widely reported incident, Arocho-Burkart reached inside her pants, and smeared red dye on the face of her bound captive, telling him she was menstruating and that she was smearing his face with her menses.[2] By Justine Sharrock She then told her captives that the water in their cell would be turned off, so they couldn't wash off her menses. Muslims are supposed to pray five times a day. But Muslims are not allowed to pray if they are "unclean".

Arocho-Burkart was not charged over her choice of interrogation techniques. She did, however, receive what was later described as a "strong, immediate, verbal reprimand".[3] A later story claimed she had received a 30-day suspension.[4]

Civilian career[edit]

After Arocho-Burkart retired from the Army, she spent a year as a contractor with the Phoenix Consulting Group. She was then hired as a civilian interrogation instructor at Fort Huachuca. Following the publication of her activities in Guantanamo, Arocho-Burkart was fired from her instructor job at Fort Huachuca.


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  2. ^ Tortured: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things, p.167
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