Rumsfeld okayed abuses says former U.S. general

Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the prison’s former U.S. commander said in an interview on Saturday.

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2 thoughts on “Rumsfeld okayed abuses says former U.S. general”

  1. Authorized or ordered?

    i.e. Which conversation do you think was more likely:

    “Mister Rumsfeld, may we rough up these prisoners, exceeding Geneva conventions?”
    “Why, I suppose I will authorize that, yes, now that you ask.”

    or:

    “Commander, you will rough up these prisoners.”
    “Yes sir, to the limit we are allowed.”
    “Damn the limits, man, I want them roughed up until they are humiliated and broken and no less”

  2. Considering the long-standing traditions around the Geneva conventions within the military, I vote the latter.

    I noted also that the document authorized civilian contractors to do the dirty work. I have not seen any good reporting on the number of civilian contractors currently undertaking military duties. They’re not just running the mess-halls and building infrastructure, they are carrying out torture and integrated into military intelligence operations. WTF? It must all be party of Rumsfeld’s “modernization” efforts.

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