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On abuse of prisoners

Posted by Ed on May 6, 2004

Calls for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld seem to be getting louder by the minute. The Washington Post, which today posted more pictures of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, has a strongly worded article putting the blame squarely at Rumsfeld’s door.

THE HORRIFIC abuses by American interrogators and guards at the Abu Ghraib prison and at other facilities maintained by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan can be traced, in part, to policy decisions and public statements of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. Beginning more than two years ago, Mr. Rumsfeld decided to overturn decades of previous practice by the U.S. military in its handling of detainees in foreign countries. His Pentagon ruled that the United States would no longer be bound by the Geneva Conventions; that Army regulations on the interrogation of prisoners would not be observed; and that many detainees would be held incommunicado and without any independent mechanism of review. Abuses will take place in any prison system. But Mr. Rumsfeld’s decisions helped create a lawless regime in which prisoners in both Iraq and Afghanistan have been humiliated, beaten, tortured and murdered — and in which, until recently, no one has been held accountable.

The Economist, The New York Times and others are carrying similar articles.

Meanwhile, Wolfowitz condemns the soldiers responsible on behalf of Rumsfeld, who strangely was unable to attend a scheduled meeting.

I was going to write a commentary on this, but there seems little to say really. It comes as no surprise from an administration (particularly Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz) which has clearly demonstrated over the past two years that it has no morals. I don’t expect any resignations, self-examination or policy changes in the near future.


One Response to “On abuse of prisoners”

  1. Arno said

    So Ed, have you desided yet who you’ll be voting on this November? 🙂

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