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Not just “a few bad apples.”

June 14, 2004
Not just “a few bad apples.”

Nope. There is now proof that Lt. General Ricardo S. Sanchez, the senior US military commander in Iraq, was fully aware of abuses and approved them. Even more interesting is that this now appears to go up to top levels of the White House — CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency officials, to be precise. Quelle surprise.

Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the senior U.S. military officer in Iraq, borrowed heavily from a list of high-pressure interrogation tactics used at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and approved letting senior officials at a Baghdad jail use military dogs, temperature extremes, reversed sleep patterns, sensory deprivation, and diets of bread and water on detainees whenever they wished, according to newly obtained documents.

The U.S. policy, details of which have not been previously disclosed, was approved in early September, shortly after an Army general sent from Washington completed his inspection of the Abu Ghraib jail and then returned to brief Pentagon officials on his ideas for using military police there to help implement the new high-pressure methods.

The documents obtained by The Washington Post spell out in greater detail than previously known the interrogation tactics Sanchez authorized, and make clear for the first time that, before last October, they could be imposed without first seeking the approval of anyone outside the prison. That gave officers at Abu Ghraib wide latitude in handling detainees.

So, Sanchez authorized this. Read the entire article, people — see how our government has stopped being a force of Good. The corruption begins at the top and has filtered down until grunts in Iraq have no idea about what they’re doing. This is a moral failure of such unimaginable magnitude that there is only one recourse for the President:

Resign. He has disgraced us completely.

I am ashamed by what my country has wrought in my name, and you should be, too. If you support the President, you need to ask yourself one very important question:

Do you support torture?

If you don’t, then why are you supporting him?

And if you support torture, then you need more help than I can offer via this blog. Nothing — and I mean nothing — can justify the use of torture. Not even a nuke in midtown. We’re supposed to be the Good Guys, and if you can’t fathom that, then the gods help us all.

The Telegraph is also reporting that news will break this week that includes just who in the administration approved the policy of torture.

Via Kos, who has a lot more details.