Abu Ghraib and War Crimes


December 15, 2008 by J. Madson

The Senate’s Armed Forces Bi-Partisan Committees recent release on crimes in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere directly implicates top senior officials in the Bush administration. There is a certain point where we need to recognize that these men are guilty of high crimes, war crimes, and even crimes against humanity. This was not a few bad apples as we were told but a decision by individuals in high places to use murder, torture, etc for gain and power. We have been told a pack of lies and our government and leaders are guilty as hell.

The report states:

“The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of ‘a few bad apples’ acting on their own,” the report finds. “The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority.”

The report concludes:

The abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib in late 2003 was not simply the result of a few soldiers acting on their own. Interrogation techniques such as stripping detainees of their clothes, placing them in stress positions, and using military working dogs to intimidate them appeared in Iraq only after they had been approved for use in Afghanistan and at [Guantanamo]. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s December 2, 2002 authorization of aggressive interrogation techniques and subsequent interrogation policies and plans approved by senior military and civilian officials conveyed the message that physical pressures and degradation were appropriate treatment for detainees in U.S. military custody. What followed was an erosion in standards dictating that detainees be treated humanely.”

Bush and his cronies deserve much more than just shoes thrown at them. They deserve to be tried for their crimes and imprisoned. I fear that no one in either party will have the political will and courage to do what is necessary let alone have the courage to do what the brave journalist in Iraq did yesterday

you can read the summary of the full report here Its a short read. Hopefully the full version will be declassified soon. It will likely be the most significant documented evidence of presidential crimes since watergate.

2 thoughts on “Abu Ghraib and War Crimes

  1. theradicalmormon says:

    This is one thing that bothers me so much about Pelosi and Obama. Pelosi started from a platform of not trying to impeach Bush and Cheney. Obama is not interested at all in pursuing war crimes charges against the Bush administration. I hope it will become very difficult for these men to travel out of our nation because of the possibility of arrest for their crimes.

  2. Ron Madson says:

    If someone commits a crime and “everyone” knows about it but no one prosecutes….then was a crime committed?

    Dick Cheney openly confessed in his latest interview that he was involved in the creation, administration and execution of acts under our laws and international laws that are considered war crimes (torture), but there is this gigantic yawn and indifference to the point that no one in congress is calling for the bringing of charges. For example, case law clearly establishes that waterboardiing is a war crime…period. And Cheney confessed to authorizing its’ use. Do we really not care anymore? Is the rule of law dying among us? Or does it only apply to members of our own nation or race? Thomas More (A Man for All Seasons fame) got it. Today them (Moslems) tomorrow us when we no longer honor the rule of law/virtue. We are passing more and more barriers and the indifference is deafening………

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