The Worst is Yet to Come

The second part of Seymour Hersh’s New Yorker story about the abuse at Abu Ghraib.

NBC News later quoted U.S. military officials as saying that the unreleased photographs showed American soldiers ‘severely beating an Iraqi prisoner nearly to death, having sex with a female Iraqi prisoner, and acting inappropriately with a dead body.’ The officials said there also was a videotape, apparently shot by U.S. personnel, showing Iraqi guards raping young boys.’ (…) The Pentagon’s impatience with military protocol extended to questions about the treatment of prisoners caught in the course of its military operations. Soon after 9/11, as the war on terror got under way, Donald Rumsfeld repeatedly made public his disdain for the Geneva conventions. Complaints about America’s treatment of prisoners, Rumsfeld said in early 2002, amounted to ‘isolated pockets of international hyperventilation.’

There may be more than hyperventilation awaiting us and our interests if that yahoo is still at the Pentagon when the pictures and videotape are finally released. Related: Joe Conason in Salon writes about how abuses at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and Afghanistan stem from broad policy decisions made by the Pentagon.

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