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Six Degrees to Iraq Abuse

Well, actually, most of what is reported here was in 2004. Some of it was after the Abu Ghraib pictures were public, some of it was before. And it looks like there WERE active investigations of the abuse from above. So I'm not sure how much of this is really NEW, but one thing about half way through the article got my attention...

Before and After Abu Ghraib, a U.S. Unit Abused Detainees
(Eric Schmitt and Carolyn Marshall, New York Times)

As the Iraqi insurgency intensified in early 2004, an elite Special Operations forces unit converted one of Saddam Hussein's former military bases near Baghdad into a top-secret detention center. There, American soldiers made one of the former Iraqi government's torture chambers into their own interrogation cell. They named it the Black Room.

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Placards posted by soldiers at the detention area advised, "NO BLOOD, NO FOUL." The slogan, as one Defense Department official explained, reflected an adage adopted by Task Force 6-26: "If you don't make them bleed, they can't prosecute for it." According to Pentagon specialists who worked with the unit, prisoners at Camp Nama often disappeared into a detention black hole, barred from access to lawyers or relatives, and confined for weeks without charges. "The reality is, there were no rules there," another Pentagon official said.

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The new account reveals the extent to which the unit members mistreated prisoners months before and after the photographs of abuse from Abu Ghraib were made public in April 2004, and it helps belie the original Pentagon assertions that abuse was confined to a small number of rogue reservists at Abu Ghraib.

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General Brown's command declined requests for interviews with several former task force members and with Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who leads the Joint Special Operations Command, the headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C., that supplies the unit's most elite troops.

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General McChrystal, the leader of the Joint Special Operations Command, received his third star in a promotion ceremony at Fort Bragg on March 13.
(via Daily Kos)

If I am not mistaken, Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is one of the brothers of a certain other person with that same last name who ran a company I used to work for.


Abulsme - Sat, 18 Mar 2006, 11:32:58 PST

COMMENTS

So he got another start for covertly torturing defenseless prisoners? Cause while I didn't actually READ the article, if that were the case, i could definately see a family resemblance.


Posted by: Brandy on Sat, 18 Mar 2006, 13:04:00 PST

no sh*t. i didn't know there was a third brother....


Posted by: matt on Sat, 18 Mar 2006, 16:57:41 PST

Yup. Their is a third brother. And more actually I believe. But they didn't actually say that is WHY he got the star...


Posted by: Abulsme on Sun, 16 Apr 2006, 18:23:31 PDT


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