posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 08:30 PM
In a stunning admission from the Pentagon, top officials acknowledged that an Iraqi prisoner was ordered improperly detained "off the books" by
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The unidentified man was captured after an attack on Coalition forces in July 2003. He is believed to be a high-ranking member of the terrorist group
Ansar al Islam. CIA officials removed him to a location outside Iraq for interrogation, where he remained for four months before officials determined
it may not be legal to hold him outside the country.
In the military’s own investigation into prisoner abuse, Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba said efforts to hide prisoners from the Red Cross were “deceptive”
and a “violation of international law.”
Pentagon officials claim it’s entirely lawful to hold prisoners in secret if they pose an immediate threat. But today, nearly one year after his
capture, he’s still being held incommunicado.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Once returned to Iraq, reportedly to the Abu Ghraib prison, Rumsfeld instruced the commander of US troops in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, to hold
the man without a detainee number and thus away from the oversight of the International Red Cross.
The prisoner was then "lost in the system" almost immediately and has not been questioned or interrogated since. His current status and whereabouts
Critics are calling this a blatant disregard for the Geneva Convention and international law, while US officials maintain the dentention of the man
was entirely legal.
Geneva Convention laws require prisoners of war be assigned a detainee number and notification made to the ICRC. The Pentagon counters that the man
is an "enemy combatant" and thus is not afforded the protections of the Geneva Convention.
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