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Torture scandal

April 30, 2004

I suppose it's a sign of how cynical I've become that this report of US soldiers torturing and abusing Iraqi prisoners does not suprise me. However, a quote from one of the soldiers involved did suprise me:

"We had no support, no training whatsoever. And I kept asking my chain of command for certain things ... like rules and regulations."
- Staff Sgt Chip Frederick

His lawyer says he wasn't given a chance to read the Geneva Convention. Sgt Frederick is apparently accused of beating and indecently assaulting prisoners. Did he need orders or the Geneva Convention to know that you don't do that to prisoners? That's breathtaking, especially when you conside that according to this CBS article, back home Sgt Frederick is a correction officer at prison in Virginia.

Posted by Jonah at April 30, 2004 10:42 AM

Comments


Shouldn't you be at work or do you now work for Amnesty International?

Posted by: Jan at April 30, 2004 1:10 PM


If nothing else this mess might bring about the end of Donald Rumsfeld:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1218417,00.html

Posted by: sam at May 17, 2004 5:36 PM


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