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July 13, 2005

Guantanamo head 'faced reprimand'

(Don't worry. He wasn't in any real danger of being scolded.)

US military investigators tried in vain to get a former Guantanamo Bay prison commander reprimanded over the abuse of detainees, a report says.

I see. The military's own investigators thought the man had failed to do his duty, which is a pretty serious charge in the military, but higher-ups decided otherwise.

Military Gives Details on Guantanamo Abuse

Interrogators subjected a suspected terrorist to abusive and degrading treatment, forcing him to wear a bra, dance with another man and behave like a dog, military investigators reported Wednesday, saying that justified their call for disciplinary action.

They said they recommended that Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller be reprimanded for failing to oversee his interrogation of the 9/11 suspect at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Okay, that's enough. This may not technically be "torture" but degrading and humiliating a helpless captive is just so entirely un-American that I'm at a loss to understand how this could continue to take place.

This kind of behavior has absolutely nothing to do with interrogation techniques. No one in their right mind could pretend with a straight face that this is the way to win someone's cooperation. It's purely and simply sadism. Degrading someone for the pleasure of degrading them.

I'm so entirely disgusted and outraged, I can't find any words for it.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:49 PM