Ed Schweppe (edschweppe) wrote,
Ed Schweppe

More about Abu Ghraib - some bad, some not-so-bad

I wouldn't call this necessarily good news - but it is at least slightly more hopeful.
According to the BBC, the pictures of British troops abusing Iraqis that the Daily Mirror ran may have been fakes.

And President Bush does appear to take this problem seriously: according to this Associated Press story, Bush called the Pentagon this morning to find out the status of the investigation, before leaving on a campaign trip. Personally, I'd rather he were calling the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the carpet in person, but I'll take what I can get.

On the other hand...

I just saw this transcript of a CNN interview with Seymour Hersh, author of the New Yorker article I quoted yesterday. According to Hersh:

Well, the woman in charge, Gen. Karpinski, Janis Karpinski who is saying that she didn't know much about what happened with the photographs, Gen. Taguba's report was very, very critical of her for the way she ran the prison system. She was in charge of the three main prisons in Iraq.

There are three large ones and many smaller detention centers. And he made it clear in his report that the abuses were widespread. Of course, they weren't photographing other places like they did at Abu Ghraib.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm really concerned that there are more abuses out there to be uncovered.

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