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Army Abu Ghraib investigator: Administration committed war crimes


The remarks by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who's now retired, came in a new report that found that U.S. personnel tortured and abused detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, using beatings, electrical shocks, sexual humiliation and other cruel practices.

"After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes," Taguba wrote. "The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."

That's a question?

Of course they will! This is America!

Taguba, whose 2004 investigation documented chilling abuses at Abu Ghraib, is thought to be the most senior official to have accused the administration of war crimes. "The commander in chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture," he wrote.

Well, look. I think if we investigate this stuff, we won't be "united," right?

And besides, the Blue Dogs might not like it.

Best to forget about it, I'd say.

NOTE More on Taguba here.

Also, McClatchy's doing greatwork on these issues. Unlike, of course, Pravda on the Potomac and Izvestia on the Hudson.

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Submitted by amberglow on

Was Ollie North during Iran-Contra?

I wish the Brits or someone would grab Dubya whenever he visits there--isn't Kissinger still not allowed in some countries because he'll get arrested because of Pinochet, etc?

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Submitted by BDBlue on

If we've apparently come to a bipartisan agreement that you can torture, detain folks indefinitely, and illegally spy on Americans and not only not be impeached or prosecuted, but your co-conspirators will get immunity, I don't see why he should've been driven from office. Apparently there is no conduct other than a blow job that today's Village thinks merits impeachment.

I hope Katherine Graham does not read the Post's editorial page in her after life. Or better yet, I hope she does and comes back to haunt Fred Hiatt.

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Submitted by bringiton on

A lot of long knives coming out now, from every side; Bush is in danger of going straight from lame duck to cooked goose.

And Sarah is not the only one using rope as a discussion point. See here and here.