Tuesday, August 02, 2005

WaPo - Anti-Bush, Anti-Military, Anti-American

Some documents show some abuse. A General was interogated, wouldn't talk and a couple bad eggs "roughed him up" ... apparently a little to rough.

The Case - (prepare for the WaPo "I love terrorists" sob story)

Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush was being stubborn with his American captors, and a series of intense beatings and creative interrogation tactics were not enough to break his will. On the morning of Nov. 26, 2003, a U.S. Army interrogator and a military guard grabbed a green sleeping bag, stuffed Mowhoush inside, wrapped him in an electrical cord, laid him on the floor and began to go to work. Again.

It was inside the sleeping bag that the 56-year-old detainee took his last breath through broken ribs, lying on the floor beneath a U.S. soldier in Interrogation Room 6 in the western Iraqi desert. Two days before, a secret CIA-sponsored group of Iraqi paramilitaries, working with Army interrogators, had beaten Mowhoush nearly senseless, using fists, a club and a rubber hose, according to classified documents.

The circumstances that led up to Mowhoush's death paint a vivid example of how the pressure to produce intelligence for anti-terrorism efforts and the war in Iraq led U.S. military interrogators to improvise and develop abusive measures, not just at Abu Ghraib but in detention centers elsewhere in Iraq, in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mowhoush's ordeal in Qaim, over 16 days in November 2003, also reflects U.S. government secrecy surrounding some abuse cases and gives a glimpse into a covert CIA unit that was set up to foment rebellion before the war and took part in some interrogations during the insurgency.

The sleeping-bag interrogation and beatings were taking place in Qaim about the same time that soldiers at Abu Ghraib, outside Baghdad, were using dogs to intimidate detainees, putting women's underwear on their heads, forcing them to strip in front of female soldiers and attaching at least one to a leash. It was a time when U.S. interrogators were coming up with their own tactics to get detainees to talk, many of which they considered logical interpretations of broad-brush categories in the Army Field Manual, with labels such as "fear up" or "pride and ego down" or "futility."

Other tactics, such as some of those seen at Abu Ghraib, had been approved for one detainee at Guantanamo Bay and found their way to Iraq. Still others have been linked to official Pentagon guidance on specific techniques, such as the use of dogs.

Could they get a few more "abu ghraib" or "guantanamo bay" references in there?

The Response -

Two Army soldiers with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Carson, Colo., are charged with killing Mowhoush with the sleeping-bag technique

Two other soldiers alleged to have participated face potential nonjudicial punishment.

The CIA inspector general's office has launched an investigation of at least one CIA operative who identified himself to soldiers only as "Brian."

(along with a bunch of "they won't tell us classified information" whining, and more sob story about the general)

The story then goes into a nice story of how the general was innocent and just walked into the camp to see about freeing his sons.

A little about the general -

The general, they believed, had been a high-ranking official in Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard and a key supporter of the insurgency in northwestern Iraq. Mowhoush was one of a few generals whom Hussein had given "execution authority,"

U.S. commanders believed, meaning that he could execute someone on sight, and he had been notorious among Shiites in southern Iraq for brutality.

Mowhoush had been visited by Hussein at his home in Sadah in October 2003 "to discuss, among other undisclosed issues, a bounty of US$10,000 to anyone who video-taped themselves attacking coalition forces," according to a Defense Intelligence Agency report.

Military intelligence also believed that Mowhoush was behind several attacks in the Qaim area.

But all this is nothing to the washington post ... they insert more boo hooing about the poor general of course, and commentary about what a brave man he was. Throw in a little conspiracy theory rhetoric and discussion of how bad the U.S. military is.

All thats missing is a couple more "abu ghraib" and "guantanamo bay" references

Anti - Bush

I won't go into alot of detail other than to say that alot of stinking reporters are still doing their 'jobs' when away from their official desk aren't they?

Bush's long vacations are more than a curiosity: They play into diametrically opposite arguments about this leadership style. To critics and late-night comics, they symbolize a lackadaisical approach to the world's most important day job, an impression bolstered by Bush's two-hour midday exercise sessions and his disinclination to work nights or weekends. The more vociferous among Bush's foes have noted that he spent a month at the ranch shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when critics assert he should have been more attentive to warning signs.

Well ... news flash MSM ... the President can probably do more away from his office, (at the ranch, at Camp David, aboard Air Force One, etc etc etc) than any of you can do AT your desk.

"The Oval Office is wherever the president of the United States is," said Kenneth M. Duberstein, who was Reagan's last White House chief of staff. "With the communications being what they are, the president can communicate instantly with whomever he wants anywhere in the world."

By the way, whats with the MSM/(D)umbassrat freak-out sessions about Bush being healthy? Is it because it seems all the Liberal wack jobs are so FAT ? (Michael Moore-on, Teddy kennedy, Helen Thomas, etc etc etc)

Just ...

Anti- American

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