TITLE

Cross to Bear

AUTHOR(S)
Ackerman, Spencer
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;5/24/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 19, p13
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the Red Cross's failure to adequately publicize the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison. Without even trying, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) accomplished something this week that the senators and journalists investigating the Abu Ghraib scandal could not do: They caught Bush administration officials lying about what they knew about prison brutality in Iraq. Williamson's disapproval of the leak has been echoed up the ICRC hierarchy, all the way to Pierre Kraehenbuehl, the group's director of operations. Although the organization warned of systemic abuse of Iraqi detainees by military intelligence personnel throughout 2003, the Pentagon didn't open an investigation into the methods its intelligence officers were using in Iraq until April 23 of this year. Indeed, though the first bullet point on the ICRC report's list of" methods of ill treatment" was the practice of placing hoods over the heads of detainees for hours and even days, Major General Geoffrey D. Miller, the former warden of Guantanamo Bay now supervising U.S. prisons in Iraq, only ended the practice after pictures of hooded prisoners being sexually degraded surfaced in the press. The protocol likely would have forced the United States to open detention facilities in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay to human rights monitors who could speak out, something the Defense Department has consistently refused.
ACCESSION #
13124816

 

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