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No Blood, No Foul

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And if it’s internal bleeding…ehhh…that’s okay too.

So listen, for those who REALLY think that Abu Ghraib was an isolated incident…please, consider this new evidence and take a hard look at what our military is condoning by their silence.

Placards posted by soldiers at the detention area advised, “NO BLOOD, NO FOUL.” The slogan, as one Defense Department official explained, reflected an adage adopted by Task Force 6-26: “If you don’t make them bleed, they can’t prosecute for it.” According to Pentagon specialists who worked with the unit, prisoners at Camp Nama often disappeared into a detention black hole, barred from access to lawyers or relatives, and confined for weeks without charges. “The reality is, there were no rules there,” another Pentagon official said.

Obviously, to a person who thinks our country’s torture policy is borderline illegal, this kind of nonsense really pisses me off. And apparently this place was so bad, even the CIA stayed away? And the Red Cross wasn’t allowed there?

The abuses at Camp Nama continued despite warnings beginning in August 2003 from an Army investigator and American intelligence and law enforcement officials in Iraq. The C.I.A. was concerned enough to bar its personnel from Camp Nama that August.

It is difficult to compare the conditions at the camp with those at Abu Ghraib because so little is known about the secret compound, which was off limits even to the Red Cross. The abuses appeared to have been unsanctioned, but some of them seemed to have been well known throughout the camp.

And just in case you think this type of treatment is getting us a lot of actionable intelligence…think again.

Many were initially reluctant to discuss Task Force 6-26 because its missions are classified. But when pressed repeatedly by reporters who contacted them, they agreed to speak about their experiences and observations out of what they said was anger and disgust over the unit’s treatment of detainees and the failure of task force commanders to punish misconduct more aggressively. The critics said the harsh interrogations yielded little information to help capture insurgents or save American lives.

Our government keeps finding legal arguments to torture. This is the result. How long will it take our leaders to realize how much this policy hurts our credibility?

Something tells me that day will come in January of 2009.