Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Who let the dogs out?

From the front page of tomorrow's Washington Post:

General Is Said To Have Urged Use of Dogs
A U.S. Army general dispatched by senior Pentagon officials to bolster the collection of intelligence from prisoners in Iraq last fall inspired and promoted the use of guard dogs there to frighten the Iraqis, according to sworn testimony by the top U.S. intelligence officer at the Abu Ghraib prison.

According to the officer, Col. Thomas Pappas, the idea came from Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, who at the time commanded the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was implemented under a policy approved by Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the top U.S. military official in Iraq.[...]

Experts on the laws of war have charged that using dogs to coerce prisoners into providing information, as was done at Abu Ghraib, constitutes a violation of the Geneva Conventions that protect civilians under the control of an occupying power, such as the Iraqi detainees.
I'm sure this little tidbit has nothing to do with Sanchez being replaced. The official spin says it's time for a command rotation, and the White House has never lied to the American people before, have they?

How long will it be before we see how high the Abu Ghraib scandal goes? The whole "few bad apples" explanation isn't holding water now, is it? Come on, Rummy! Come on, Dubya! The truth shall set you free.