Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Friday, April 30, 2004

Torquemada, Inc.

If you missed the torture scandal, see the Guardian, and Billmon’s excellent post, here.

It’s ugly, and it gets uglier the more that you look. In what is becoming a rather consistent pattern, beneath the first layer of outrage, there is even more. Not only are “we” abusing our prisoners in Iraq – those shadowy “private contractors” are tangled up in the very middle of it, and getting off scott-free (bold added):

The US army confirmed that the general in charge of Abu Ghraib jail is facing disciplinary measures and that six low-ranking soldiers have been charged with abusing and sexually humiliating detainees.

Lawyers for the soldiers argue they are being made scapegoats for a rogue military prison system in which mercenaries give orders without legal accountability.

A military report into the Abu Ghraib case - parts of which were made available to the Guardian - makes it clear that private contractors were supervising interrogations in the prison, which was notorious for torture and executions under Saddam Hussein.

One civilian contractor was accused of raping a young, male prisoner but has not been charged because military law has no jurisdiction over him.

And this is just what we know about....

UPDATE: Great minds think alike. See this Kos post, which -- according to the time stamps -- went up four minutes after this one.


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