"[The] severe tactics approved for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo migrated to Iraq and spiraled into the notorious abuse at Abu Ghraib in the late summer and early fall of 2003."
"At [hearings at] Fort Meade yesterday, soldiers testified that the top military intelligence officer at the prison, Col. Thomas M. Pappas, approved the use of dogs for interrogations. Maj. Matthew Miller, a prosecutor, also revealed that Pappas, faced with a request from interrogators to use dogs on three stubborn detainees captured at the same time as then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, 'admitted he failed to ask' Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, then the top general in Iraq, for approval as he was supposed to have done."
I can't help but wonder how long Colonel Pappas will stick to that story.
Sergeant Santos A. Cordona is charged with allowing unmuzzled dogs to threaten and attack detainees at Abu Ghraib. His civilian attorney plans to call at least one witness "to talk about a September 2003 visit to Abu Ghraib by Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, then in charge of the Guantanamo prison."
This whole thing's going to stink to high heaven if a bunch of enlisted people wind up in prison over Torturegate and General Miller walks.
From the "irony is dead" files via The Jerusalem Post:
[Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld arrived unannounced in the Iraqi capital with a series of messages for the country's interim leaders, suggesting a heightened sense of urgency in US President George W. Bush's administration to make faster strides on the political and security fronts, so that American forces can eventually leave.
I wonder what brought on that "heightened sense of urgency" don't you? Especially after two years of "stay there till the job's done" and "the terrorists will just wait us out."
You reckon this is a preemptive move to soften the impact of the Nigergate and Traitorgate?
Regardless of what I believe to be the hidden motive behind talk of troop withdrawal, I thoroughly agree it's the right thing to be doing. But I think it should have been done several months ago.