Thursday, July 22, 2004
The Other Report
What better time to release yet another explosive report than when another, related, but different report is on all the news channels? Released today, then, in a "hastily called Senate hearing,"
Army Report Finds Much Higher Estimates of Prisoner Abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan
That the military has found 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse since 2001 is bad enough.
The number is significantly higher than all other previous estimates given by the Pentagon, which had refused until now to give a total number of abuse allegations.Where the hell are they?
Acting Army Secretary Les Brownlee, testifying at the hearing, said he accepted responsibility for the abuses committed by soldiers. [ed. hear that, George?]
But Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the committee, said it was "difficult to believe there were not systemic problems with our detention and interrogations operations."
The Army inspector general report found that since the fall of 2001, overall the United States had held more than 50,000 prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq, a number never before made public.
John Warner (a repub) called for the release of this report before congress went home for the campaign season -- probably so it wouldn't be released during those sensitive days closer to the election when they come back. Plus they know that no one will remember. Plus another report was issued today.
Find it here, at the 9/11 Commission website. Full report only 7.4 MB to download, or you can do it in chapter chunks. I understand you can also buy the paperback at the store before you're off to the beach. Just remember to flip over occasionally and apply sunscreen before you start because you must not put this one down.
UPDATE: Boing Boing has additional links and locations.
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