Friday, December 12, 2008

Senate: Rumsfeld and co. responsible for Gunatanamo abuse, maybe others


The Washington Post reports today (Dec 12) that former defense secretary Donald H Rumsfeld and various other Bush administration officials bear responsibility for the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and perhaps other installations. The story, by Joby Warrick and Karen DeYoung, has this link.

The Senators involved are Carl M. Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ). The closest document that I could find was on Levin’s subsite here.

Apparently at issue were techniques based on SERE, or Survival, evasion, resistance and escape, borrowed from military survival schools that deal with countries that do not follow the Geneva Convention rules (which were taught to us in Basic Combat Training!).

The techniques could have included what is called extreme rendition (including waterboarding), as in the popular film, or the Abu Ghraib scandal, or even the abuse at Bagram (as in “Taxi to the Dark Side”).

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