|08-24-2004, 11:53 AM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
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Rumsfeld, Military Leaders Faulted in Prison Abuse
But who do you think will take the fall?
By Charles Aldinger and Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Pentagon (news - web sites) officials and the military command in Iraq (news - web sites) contributed to an environment in which prisoners were abused at Abu Ghraib prison, according to a report released on Tuesday by high-level panel investigating the military detentions.
The outside four-member panel headed by former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger found that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff failed to exercise proper oversight over confusing detention policies at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan (news - web sites), as well as at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
"Command failures were compounded by poor advice provided by staff officers with responsibility for overseeing battlefield functions related to detention and interrogation operations," the report said. "Military and civilian leaders at the Pentagon share this burden of responsibility."