30 Apr 2004 @ 2:04 PM 

This prison junk in Iraq is really bothersome to me. First, I can’t believe there is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. military who would attempt to use the excuse that he’d never gotten any specific training in handling prisoners of war. EVERY soldier gets that in basic training, and as a SSG he would have gotten it again in two separate leadership training classes over the years. To pretend that he didn’t realize that beating and humiliating naked prisoners was wrong beggars the imagination.

The entire thing makes me so mad. I want those soldiers court martialed, I want their commander thrown in prison, I want a huge apology to the PWs for their maltreatment. And it’s not that I think those prisoners are good guys, but they are HUMAN and the U.S. military is supposed to be a beacon of honor and dependability. Those men and women don’t deserve to be put in the same category as their compatriots.

And then, there’s the “thanks for helping” part. The soldiers and marines in Iraq have a hard enough job (whether it’s a job they should be doing is moot – they don’t get to choose the missions they only carry them out), now they’ve got to deal with the encouragement these assholes have given to the insurgents. The al Sadr nutcases didn’t need a justification to be violent, but now they have a great one.

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 30 Apr 2004 @ 6:57 AM 

According to the Guardian, the Abu Ghraib prison story is even stranger than first thought. Although the photos we’ve seen so far only show GIs, Titan and CACI (two defense contractors) are apparently involved up to their necks.

One civilian contractor was accused of raping a young male prisoner but has not been charged because military law has no jurisdiction over him.

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