Well, now we know why.
U.S. special operations troops kept some Iraqi detainees chained in a room with a diet of bread and water for as long as 17 days, according to a U.S. military report made public on Friday under a court order.
The report by Army Brig. Gen. Richard Formica, dated November 8, 2004, but withheld by the Pentagon until now, examined in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal the treatment of detainees in Iraq by U.S. special operations troops. . .
Formica said he did not "spot check" detainee files for completeness and indicators of abuse and did not "conduct random interviews" of detainees. "I did not reinvestigate the underlying incidents," Formica wrote, relying instead on the military's own previous findings on the incidents.
i.e. - Those 'findings' made in the previously stonewalled investigations, where members of the Special Forces used fake names and mysteriously "lost" the great majority of their files, and in which the Criminal Investigations (CID) officer on site stated that he was "unable to thoroughly investigate suspects and witnesses because of their involvement in the Special Access Program and/or the security classification of the unit they were assigned to during the offense."
The inquiry also determined that detainees were stripped naked, drenched with water and interrogated in either cold weather or in air-conditioned rooms. Brig. General Formica said that it appeared the Special Forces troops responsible for the abuse had used this technique in the case of one detainee who died during questioning in Mosul.
The representative for ACLU has responded, saying that the reach of Brig. Gen. Formica's report was too narrow, and described it as "almost in a deliberate attempt to avoid the truth of the extent of detainee abuse."
Damn straight. Those documents were subpoenaed by the ACLU right after Abu Ghraib, but weren't turned over with all the other previous documents until judges had to repeatedly order the DoD to do so.
So, you mean there was an attempt to cover up repeated allegations of rampant abuse from some of the military's most elite troops, all of whom belonged to a Special Access Program personally authorized by Rumsfeld to do whatever it took to get information?
Really? D'ya think?!