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Report: Rumsfield Liable for Abu Ghraib and Detainee Abuse Policies

In Bush/Cheney Administration, Injustice, stupidity, television, U.S government, war on terror on December 12, 2008 by Editor Z

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Report Finds Rumsfield, several High Level U.S Government officals responsible for condoning and encouraging such Practices.

The U.S Senate Armed Services Committee, headed by Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and ranking Republican Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), released a bi-partisan report following two years of investigation Thursday, concluding that U.S Secretary of Defense Donald H Rumsfield had authorized such techniques as those used in the 2004 Abu Ghraib prison scandal, where Iraqi prisoners were subject to punishments that were cruel and unusual.

At the time Rumsfield, the Pentagon, and the Bush/Cheney administration responded later that the harsh and inhumane techniques were not standard policy and procedure, but the conduct of a dozen or so U.S soldiers who along with contractors were stationed to operate the prison.

The Detroit News:

He stopped short of calling for prosecutions of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other officials. But the report places the blame for abuse of U.S. detainees squarely on Rumsfeld and other top administration figures, including a group of lawyers who provided legal justification for abuse

Nearly all the report’s findings have been disclosed in previous Armed Services Committee hearings. But the 19-page document — a summary of a much longer, classified report — catalogs a series of decisions by top Pentagon officials that brought techniques from Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, known in the military as SERE, from carefully controlled military training to use on detainees.

The SERE techniques, largely based on actions Chinese captors used on U.S. troops during the Korean War to elicit false confessions, are part of the training for American air crews and special operations troops. They are designed to give U.S. service members an idea of the abuse they might suffer at enemy hands.

Many of these tactics have been the province of many of those who America has continuously denounced and rejected. The Japanese during World War II and the vicious Khmer Rogue regime in Cambodia, used water boarding which even the administration concedes was used and even the savage tactics of chairman Mao Tse Tung and the Chinese communists were referenced.
Is this what America has become? Decades ago Mao was seen as a monster, now he is referenced by the Bush/Cheney administration and the U.S intelligence agencies.

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