Thursday, August 19, 2004

Abu Ghraib Update

The official report is coming out on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. From the NY Times:

A high-level Army inquiry has found that senior American commanders created conditions that allowed abuses to occur at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by failing to provide leadership and enough resources to run the jail, according to Pentagon and military officials.

But the inquiry found no evidence of direct culpability above the colonel who commanded the military intelligence unit at the prison, these officials said.

Senior officers and Pentagon officials had no role in ordering these abuses. End of massive conspiracy theory. A few sadistic men and women whose behavior was unconscionable were responsible for the abuse and will be punished. The officer in command of the prison clearly demonstrated no leadership, discipline or authority and under her lax command the abuses and undisciplined behavior occurred. She should also be held to account. Her unwillingness to take responsibility for what happened under her watch is incomprehensible and rather disgusting.

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