Monday, June 25, 2007

Did You Know - Cover Up

I think most of us love this nation for a different reasons. It sort of depends of which of its facets make you most proud. For some, love of country and nationalistic pride come from their love of Christianity and the fact that we are primarily a Christian nation. For others it is the freedoms we enjoy under the constitution. For others, myself included, it is because I think we have a higher moral standard and care more about people than many other nations.

But then this comes along....

In an interview with The New Yorker magazine, Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who led the Pentagon's investigation into the abuses at Abu Ghraib, revealed that he believed high-level military officials, including then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, knew about the abuses at the Iraqi prison. But Taguba had been unable to write about it because his inquiry was narrowly focused on the 800th Military Police brigade stationed at the prison. "I suspected that somebody was giving them guidance, but I could not print that," Taguba told reporter Seymour Hersh. Taguba, who is just now making his first public comments about his investigation, also revealed that the Pentagon forced him to retire early because of his aggressive pursuit of the issue, and that he had been threatened over the report by the then-commander of Central Command Gen. John Abizaid, who told him that "you and your report will be investigated." Taguba said the comment made him feel like he was in the Mafia rather than the Army.

From The Progress Report, 6/18/2007

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