TITLE

Stripping Rumsfeld and Bush of Impunity

AUTHOR(S)
Rothschild, Matthew
PUB. DATE
July 2005
SOURCE
Progressive;Jul2005, Vol. 69 Issue 7, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article criticizes the U.S. President George W. Bush and Minister of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on the issue of atrocities in Iraq. When Lieutenant General Ricardo A. Sanchez testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee last year, he was asked whether he "ordered or approved the use of sleep deprivation, intimidation by guard dogs, excessive noise and inducing fear as an interrogation method for a prisoner in Abu Ghraib prison." Sanchez, who was head of the Pentagon's Combined Joint Task Force-7 in Iraq, swore the answer was no. Under oath, he told Senators he "never approved any of those measures to be used." But a document the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) obtained flat out contradicts Sanchez's testimony. It's a memorandum entitled "CJTF-7 Interrogation and Counter-Resistance Policy," dated September 14, 2003. In it, Sanchez approved several methods designed for "significantly increasing the fear level in a detainee." These included "sleep management"; "yelling, loud music, and light control"; and "presence of military working dogs."
ACCESSION #
17498775

 

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