"We're functioning in a - with peacetime restraints, with legal requirements in a wartime situation, in the information age, where people are running around with digital cameras and taking these unbelievable photographs and then passing them off, against the law, to the media, to our surprise, when they had not even arrived in the Pentagon."
For a definition of "peacetime restraints", see these two documents.
Apparently, Rumsfeld's new war has started -- KBR has been instructed to selectively cut off internet access to soldiers for 90 days. Anyone over there know anything about this?
Really, Rumsfeld's behavior isn't that of someone who truely regrets what has happenned on his watch. Rather, he seems angry that the technology is out there that prevents him from stonewalling both Congress and the American people. Once again, it is file traders -- not the guys in the suits or the abusive soldiers -- who are the real criminals. The only reason we know about this scandal is because people swapped around photos of the abuse more than that Iraqi boy in cellblock C... *DOH!* Those are next week's photos!
And btw, today's photos are from Camp White Horse near Nasiriyah and are of a 52-year-old Ba'ath official who was interrogated and beaten for three days by Marine reservists before being given a kick which fractured a bone in his throat. It took hours for the beaten man to suffocate to death, which he did, in a pool of his own feces."There was a failure in the senior command leadership. I'm not talking about the command at the Marine Corps level, I'm talking the DoD level," said an attorney for one of the accused.
And the hits keep on coming as we count down this week's top forty warcrimes...!
This article features a former British special forces officer, who says that the abuse done at Abu Ghraib is consistant with an interrogation system called R2I -- resistance to interrogation. These techniques are apparently taught to both U.S. and British military intelligence officers. The real question of Abu Ghraib isn't about what the abusive soldiers did, but whether M.I. told them what to do and how to do it, and whether M.I. were acting under orders and guidelines from up on high that contributed to this problem. Anyone else heard of R2I techniques? Nothing comes up when you Google it, but then again, it's the kind of thing you wouldn't suspect the military would advertise.
In other news, a reporter has re-entered Fallujah, and reports that the attitude of many of the Iraqi people there is that they will seek revenge on the Marines should they reenter the town. Whether this also applies to escorted convoys sent through Fallujah or not, I'm not certain... though it seems quite likely. In the next few days, the U.S. will try to reopen Fallujah to convoys. We'll see what happens.
In the insane propaganda department, it wasn't public opinion that made the Marines leave Fallujah... it was the giant Marine-eating spiders.
Meanwhile, bobvanorg reports (in machine translated German) from Baghdad Airport that the Army has stopped nighttime passenger flights in Iraq due to the high risk of RPG attacks. When they do fly out at night, they do so without any external lights on planes, in order to make them less noticeable. They also use small blimps with night vision / thermal imagery cameras over the airport, capable of detecting hostile attacks and passing the coordinates on to the airport command center for targeting.
Spiffy technology. Gotta get me one of those over my house for unwanted door-to-door solicitors...