Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Operation Copper Green

Well, it seems that fact might actually turn out to be like a Clancey novel or the ruminations of some conspiracy theorist. Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker outlines the specifics of a secret program put in place to get information from detained Iraqis.

Martin Sieff over at UPI wrote an analysis (Army, CIA want torture truths exposed) where he said:

The spearhead for the new wave of revelations and allegations - but by no means the only source of them - is veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. In a major article published in the New Yorker this week and posted on to its Web-site Saturday, Hersh revealed that a high-level Pentagon operation code-named Copper Green "encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation" of Iraqi prisoners. He also cited Pentagon sources and consultants as saying that photographing the victims of such abuse was an explicit part of the program meant to force the victims into becoming blackmailed reliable informants.

Hersh further claimed in his article that Rumsfeld himself approved the program and that one of his four or five top aides, Cambone, set it up in Baghdad and ran it.

Nothing like a good scandal to shake things up and get people to start thinking and talking. If this is even half true, my cynicism will be fueled & stoked to a blistering point, and I'll be reminded that most politicians (even those who claim to be righteous) are really out for only one thing, and transparency isn't it.

More to follow, I'm sure.

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