Saturday, April 23, 2005


A generous coat of whitewash at Abu Ghraib

It's absolutely amazing. A policy to torture prisones, which we know was discussed and recommended at the highest level, was miraculously implemented without the knowledge of anyone in the chain of command. From the Beeb: Former commander of US troops in Iraq Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez has been cleared over abuses at Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq. A new inquiry found no evidence of wrongdoing by Gen Sanchez and three of his top aides, US officials say. The US Army inspector general's report says only Brig Gen Janis Karpinski, commander at the jail, has been found guilty and reprimanded over the abuse. And people have hesitation about the Virgin Mary story!
And not a mention of the people who were directing the torture -- namely, the civilian intelligence operatives and THEIR masters.
Well, precisely, PW. We know that torture was discussed and approved by Rumsfeld and Gonzales.

We know that it happened in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram, and other locations whose names I can't pronounce.

We know it was committed by CIA operatives, National Guardsmen, and regular army.

The USG has just concluded that no one is responsible except Lyndie England and Janis Karpiniski. It's as if they'd said that bullets exist in guns and in dead bodies, but no one pulls the trigger.
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