Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Smells like a leadership issue

More news out of Iraq about possible detainee abuse. It's starting to smell to me like a leadership issue... and the stench is coming from fairly high up the pyramid.
New documents released yesterday detail a series of probes by Army criminal investigators into multiple cases of threatened executions of Iraqi detainees by U.S. soldiers, as well as of thefts of currency and other private property, physical assaults, and deadly shootings of detainees at detention camps in Iraq.
And, I can only think that insurgent attacks like yesterday will lead to further "pushing the boundaries" by soldiers who aren't hearing consistant messages from the entire chain of command.
The U.S. military deployed armored vehicles in Mosul and infantrymen swept through the northern city Wednesday, a day after an insurgent strike on a nearby base killed 22 people and injured 72 in one of the deadliest attacks on American troops since the war began.
Thankfully, some people are coming forward to detail abuses. Several in the FBI are coming clean.
FBI agents repeatedly complained about the torture of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and Iraq and believed their eyewitness accounts of beatings, strangulation and other abuse were subject to a cover-up, official memos show.

Even after heavy censorship, the memos, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, contain graphic details of abuse in which military and government interrogators put lit cigarettes in detainees' ears, spat on them, knocked them unconscious, or resorted to deliberate humiliation.
Smells like leadership.

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