Friday, May 20, 2005

Bush torture policies: Accountability moving up the chain of command 

We can dream, right? And speaking of hell on earth (back), Julian Borger writes:

A leaked report on a military investigation into two killings of detainees at a US prison in Afghanistan has produced new evidence of connivance of senior officers in systematic prisoner abuse.

The investigation shows the military intelligence officers in charge of the detention centre at Bagram airport were redeployed to Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2003, while still under investigation for the deaths of two detainees months earlier. Despite military prosecutors' recommendations, the officers involved have yet to be charged.

The Bagram case also suggests that some of the prison guards were given little if any training in handling detainees, and were influenced by a White House directive that "terrorist" suspects did not deserve the rights given to prisoners of war under the Geneva convention.
(via Guardian)

The Fog Machine in action. Just like we said all along: Bush torture policies were implemented outside the chain of command; a Stanford experiment where the torturers were told, by nods and winks from those in authority, that torture was permissible. And, human nature being what it is, in the deliberately chaotic environment, with no clear chain of command and no checks and balances, "everything is permissible." Especially when it's part of Bush's dirty war against 1.5 billion Muslims.

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