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ABUSE CRISIS: Probe: U.S. Leaders Didn't Order Prison Abuse

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posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 11:47 PM
A comprehensive review of prisoner interrogation policies has concluded that at no time did civilian or uniformed leaders direct or encourage the abuses documented in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. The review was led by Navy Vice Admiral Albert T. Church. It did however point to "missed opportunities" in the development of policies related to interrogation.[/ url]
WASHINGTON - A comprehensive U.S. military review of prisoner interrogation policies and techniques for the global war on terrorism concluded that no civilian or uniformed leaders directed or encouraged the prisoner abuse documented in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"We found no link between approved interrogation techniques and detainee abuse," the review concluded.

The review led by Navy Vice Adm. Albert T. Church did cite, however, a number of "missed opportunities" in the development of interrogation policies, according to a 21-page executive summary of his findings due to be publicly released Thursday. The Associated Press obtained a copy Wednesday.

Among the missed opportunities was a failure to provide commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan with specific and early guidance on interrogation techniques. "We cannot say that there would necessarily have been less detainee abuse had these opportunities been acted upon," Church wrote

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I would have preferred that the review had been performed by the GAO or other semi independent body. Once screened for flag rank, Admiral become much more political animals and promotions sometimes depend on it. Unless this guy is heading for retirement, then he has a political incentive to go easy on his boss Rumsfield.

[edit on 3/9/05 by FredT]

posted on Mar, 15 2005 @ 09:54 PM
Comprehensive shmomprehensive.

Civilian involvement in such an enquiry would be essential. I believe Iraqi civilian involvement would be important to a clean result, also.

What access would the military review process have had to the so called "torture papers" prepared by now Attorney General Gonzales, and how would those be treated as part of the process?


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