Thursday, June 19, 2008
THIS AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION PROMOTED DWEEB IS TYPICAL OF YOUR U S ARMY SELF-ENTITLED OFFICE CORPS (YES--I MEANT OFFICE--THESE BUREACRATS NEVER SEE THE FIELD) WHO ROSE WELL UNDER BILL CLINTON. REMEMBER BUBBA'S MOTTO: DO NOTHIN". THE MORE NOTHIN' YOU DO, THE BETTER YOUR PROMOTION PROBABILITIES WILL BE.
AND ANOTHER TYPICAL IS HIS TACTIC TO WAIT UNTIL HE IS OUT OF THE ARMY TO SHOOT HIS MOUTH OFF-- I'D CALLED THAT MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL COWARDICE, AND A LACK OF INTEGERITY.
War crimes committed by U.S., ex-general says
The investigator of Abu Ghraib, now retired, wants people held accountable.
The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing war crimes and called for those responsible to be held to account.
The remarks by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who's now retired, came in a new report that found that U.S. personnel tortured and abused detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, using beatings, electrical shocks, sexual humiliation and other cruel practices.
"After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes," Taguba wrote. "The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."
Taguba, whose 2004 investigation documented chilling abuses at Abu Ghraib, is thought to be the most senior official to have accused the administration of war crimes.
"The commander in chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture," he wrote.
A White House spokeswoman, Kate Starr, had no comment.
Taguba didn't respond to a request for further comment relayed via a spokesman.
The group Physicians for Human Rights, which compiled the new report, described it as the most in-depth medical and psychological examination of former detainees to date.
Doctors and mental health experts examined 11 detainees held for long periods in the prison system that President Bush established after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. All of them eventually were released without charges.
The doctors and experts determined that the men had been subject to cruelties that ranged from isolation, sleep deprivation and hooding to electric shocks, beating and, in one case, being forced to drink urine.
Bush has said repeatedly that the United States doesn't condone torture.
"All credible allegations of abuse are thoroughly investigated and, if substantiated, those responsible are held accountable," said Navy Cmdr. J.D. Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman. The Defense Department responds to concerns raised by the International Committee for the Red Cross, he said, which has access to detainees under military control.
"It adds little to the public discourse to draw sweeping conclusions based upon dubious allegations regarding remote medical assessments of former detainees, now far removed from detention," Gordon said.
The physicians group said that its experts, who had experience studying torture's effects, spent two days with each former captive and conducted intensive exams and interviews. They administered tests to detect exaggeration.
Also this week, a probe by the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed how senior Pentagon officials pushed for harsher interrogation methods over the objections of top military lawyers.
Those methods later surfaced in Afghanistan and Iraq.