Sunday, June 17, 2007

Taguba's Torture Report Ignored in Tampa

Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba said that he felt mocked and shunned by top Pentagon officials, including then-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, after filing an exhaustive report on the now-notorious Abu Ghraib abuse that sparked international outrage and led to an overhaul of the U.S.interrogation and detention policies. Taguba's report examining the 800th Military Police Brigade put in plain terms what had been documented in shocking photographs....

Taguba said that he was ordered to limit his investigation to

low-ranking soldiers who were photographed with the detainees and the soldiers' unit, but that it was always his sense that the abuse was ordered at higher levels. Taguba was quoted as saying that he thinks top commanders in Iraq had extensive knowledge of the aggressive interrogation techniques.

Taguba had submitted more than a dozen copies of his report through several channels at the Pentagon and to the Central Command headquarters, in Tampa, Florida, which ran the war in Iraq.

Read: The General's Report: How Antonio Taguba, who Investigated the Abu Ghraib Scandal Became one of its Casualties by Seymour M. Hersh.

1 comment:

gatordem said...

Compare this to the GOP smear machine's reaction to alleged comments by Senator Harry Reid about telling Gen. Peter Pace to his face that he was incompetent.

What do the Gopers do? They fire any military commander who doesn't tell them what they want to hear.

Sorta puts the lie to their listening to the Generals, doesn't it?