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May 27, 2008

F.B.I. Witnesses to Torture

Filed under: Government,Grassholes,Rights,World News — disciplepete @ 9:30 am

NYT editorial about a report by the Justice Department which tells of F.B.I. agents who witnessed and reported to Washington torture at American military prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo, but were told to zip it.

Does this sound familiar? Muslim men are stripped in front of female guards and sexually humiliated. A prisoner is made to wear a dog’s collar and leash, another is hooded with women’s underwear. Others are shackled in stress positions for hours, held in isolation for months, and threatened with attack dogs…

These atrocities were committed in the interrogation centers in American military prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. And they were not revealed by Red Cross officials, human rights activists, Democrats in Congress or others the administration writes off as soft-on-terror.

They were described in a painful report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, based on the accounts of hundreds of F.B.I. agents who saw American interrogators repeatedly mistreat prisoners in ways that the agents considered violations of American law and the Geneva Conventions. According to the report, some of the agents began keeping a “war crimes file” — until they were ordered to stop.

These were not random acts. It is clear from the inspector general’s report that this was organized behavior by both civilian and military interrogators following the specific orders of top officials

…The study said F.B.I. agents reported this illegal behavior to Washington. They were told not to take part, but the bureau appears to have done nothing to end the abuse. It certainly never told Congress or the American people. The inspector general said the agents’ concerns were conveyed to the National Security Council, but he found no evidence that it acted on them.

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1 Comment »

  1. are you gonna utilize the grassholes category on every posting???

    that is COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, pete doggles. INFRINGEMENT!!!

    translation: the bobblebot is FLATTERED.

    Comment by bobbleheadedbob — May 27, 2008 @ 10:41 am | Reply


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