The filthy Sanchez.
From Sanchez' testimony of May 19, 2004:
U.S. SENATOR JACK REED (D-RI): General Sanchez, today's USA Today, sir, reported that you 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. Is that correct?
SANCHEZ: Sir, that may be correct that it's in a news article, but I never approved any of those measures to be used within CJTF-7 at any time in the last year.
That is absolutely refuted by the newly released memo, which says:
Presence of Military Working Dog: Exploits Arab fear of dogs ...
Sleep Management: Detainee provided minimum of 4 hours sleep per 24 hour period, not to exceed 72 continuous hours.
Yelling, Loud Music, and Light Control: Used to create fear... (Sanchez's wording, not mine.)
Sanchez is clearly guilty of perjury, and should face the wrath of Congress... and the Senate should determine the guilt of his boss, Donald Rumsfeld, while they're at it.
*UPDATE* This post is starting to get some attention on other sites, such as MetaFilter, Tom Tomorrow, Atrios, and DailyKos. This morning, I called the office of Senator Reed, at (202) 224-4642, to make them aware of this act of perjury, as well as calling my local senator. I encourage everyone who reads this to take a minute and do the same. We must get our politicians talking about the seriousness of Gen. Sanchez' actions. No senator likes being lied to. It makes them pissed off... and rightly so. Let's hope they'll do something about it.
Also, as a matter of clarification, the evidence hasn't been fully uncovered yet regarding Rumsfeld's possible involvement in this matter. That said, it is known that Rumsfeld had previously approved the interrogation methods for Guantanamo, which the methods in Sanchez' memo were based upon. Also, in August 2003, it was Rumsfeld who arranged for Major-General Geoffrey Miller to be sent to Iraq from Gunatanamo to, “review current Iraqi Theatre ability to rapidly exploit internees for actionable intelligence”. Miller then proceeded to take control over the interrogations at Abu Ghraib away from Army General Janis Karpinski.
In other words, we know that at about the same time that Sanchez' new Gitmo'ized policies went into place, that Rumsfeld had sent in a 'Gitmo "fixer" to get info out of those prisoners.
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Your readers may be interested in the related news about prisoner numbers in Iraq. The Army has admitted that it is holding about 10,500 prisoners in Iraq, more than double the number held in October. Around 100 of these prisoners are under 18 although the Army says it is now holding children seperately from adult prisoners. Recently, reports of sexual abuse, torture and holding minors without charges have surfaced.
Funnily enough, although Rumsfield has always refused to estimate the size of the Iraqi insurgency, the numbers detained, unless most are held on false or non-existant charges, tend to support the high end of Iraqi Defence Ministry estimates. The Iraqi goverment has estimated the insurgency as having up to 200,000 members, a figure Rummie has scorned as "totally inconsistent" with lower US estimates. In November of 2003 the Coalition military and the U.S. CIA put the total number of core fighters at 5,000, along with a network of 20,000 to 50,000 active supporters - which would mean at least 20% of the insurgency was now in prison. Given the strength and frequency of attacks, this seems unlikely unless the US occupations actions are themselves creating fresh insurgents as they go. Either way, it isn't good news.
Again - great work Mark. Congrats.
Regards, Cernig at Newshog