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.