Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller Retires -- With Honors

US general who oversaw detentions retires with honors
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It was all "a few bad apples." There was no one orchestrating it from above. How can anyone claim to "support our troops," and let them hang out to dry for committing crimes under order???

But there IS another side to this story...

The Associated Press:

Dog teams were sent to Abu Ghraib in November 2003 on Miller's recommendation. He has said he recommended that dogs be used for detainee custody and control but not for interrogations. Lower-level soldiers, however, have asserted that Miller told them dogs had been useful at Guantanamo in setting the atmosphere for interrogations.
There were "abuses" at Gitmo. Miller was in charge. Then they sent him to Abu Ghraib, and guess what? "Abuses." But that's just coincidence, right?

Maybe not.

Although Miller had no experience of dealing with prisoners, he proved to be a quick learner and quickly put Camp X-Ray (Guantanamo) on a strict military footing. Soon he was able to report to the Pentagon that two-thirds of the 600 inmates were providing him with “actionable intelligence”. Amongst the approaches he introduced were “softening-up” techniques including sleep deprivation, extended isolation, simulated drowning and forcing detainees to stand or crouch in “stress positions”.

...That no-nonsense approach brought him to Rumsfeld’s attention. During his time at the Pentagon, the defence secretary acquired the reputation of being a hands-on operator, involving himself fully in the appointment of the army’s general officers. In Miller, he saw a man after his own heart. When reports started coming in from Baghdad last September about a breakdown of discipline and a lack of operational effectiveness at Abu Ghraib, Rumsfeld arranged for Miller to be seconded from Guantanamo to, as his orders put it, “review current Iraqi Theatre ability to rapidly exploit internees for actionable intelligence.”
Human rights IS NOT a big priority for this administration.

"This is yet another case where you have somebody who is integrally involved in setting the stage for abuse -- implementing tactics that people are now being prosecuted for -- and rather than being held accountable, he's getting honors," said Amnesty International official Jumana Musa.

Military investigators last year recommended that Miller be admonished for failing to monitor and limit the "abusive and degrading" interrogation of a prisoner, but the general who headed U.S. Southern Command rejected the recommendation.

The Army inspector general's office also cleared Miller.
What a pity, a sin, and a shame.

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