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4/26/2005

Trust us, we're innocent

Via Body and Soul:

After fully investigating ourselves, we have come to the conclusion that we are innocent.

And infallible.

Under the circumstances, Human Rights Watch is urging the United States to name a special prosecutor to investigate the culpability of high-level officials, including Donald Rumsfeld, for detainee abuse and torture:

Among Human Rights Watch’s findings:

• Secretary Rumsfeld should be investigated for potential liability in war crimes and torture by US troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantánamo under the doctrine of “command responsibility” ...

• Under George Tenet’s direction, and reportedly with his specific authorization, the CIA has “rendered” detainees to countries where they were tortured, making Tenet potentially liable as an accomplice to torture. The CIA has also “disappeared” detainees in secret locations and it is said to have used “waterboarding,” in which the detainee’s head is pushed under water until he believes he will drown, also reportedly with Tenet’s authorization.

• Gen. Sanchez approved illegal interrogation methods -- again, including the use of guard dogs to frighten prisoners -- which were then applied by soldiers at Abu Ghraib. Gen. Sanchez does not appear to have intervened to stop the commission of war crimes and torture by soldiers under his direct command.

• Gen. Miller, as commander at the tightly-controlled prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, may bear responsibility for war crimes and acts of torture there. He may also bear responsibility for bringing illegal abusive interrogation tactics to Iraq.

As Reed Brody, Special Counsel for HRW says, "[I]t's just not credible for the army to keep investigating itself and keep finding itself innocent."


But self-policing worked so well in the corporate sector ...

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