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    ABU GHRAIB, STONEWALLED New York Times, 6/30/4 http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/30/opinion/30WED1.html While piously declaring its determination to unearth the
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      ABU GHRAIB, STONEWALLED
      New York Times, 6/30/4
      http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/30/opinion/30WED1.html

      While piously declaring its determination to unearth the truth about
      Abu Ghraib, the Bush administration has spent nearly two months
      obstructing investigations by the Army and members of Congress. It
      has dragged out the Army's inquiry, withheld crucial government
      documents from a Senate committee and stonewalled senators over
      dozens of Red Cross reports that document the horrible mistreatment
      of Iraqis at American military prisons. Even last week's document
      dump from the White House, which included those cynical legal road
      maps around treaties and laws against torturing prisoners, seemed
      part of this stonewalling campaign. Nothing in those hundreds of
      pages explained what orders had been issued to the military and
      C.I.A. jailers in Iraq, and by whom.

      It took the Pentagon more than two weeks to appoint a replacement for
      Maj. Gen. George Fay, who had to be relieved of the task of
      investigating the military intelligence units at Abu Ghraib because
      he was not senior enough to question Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the
      commander in Iraq. The process underscored the inability of the
      military to investigate itself at this level. The Pentagon named
      someone of high enough rank - just barely. That officer is a three-
      star general, as is General Sanchez. He will have to get up to speed
      before questioning General Sanchez, and the Pentagon will undoubtedly
      stall again when the new investigating general, inevitably, needs to
      go yet higher.

      The Pentagon has also not turned over to the Senate the full report
      by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who conducted the Army's biggest
      investigation so far into abuses at Abu Ghraib. The Pentagon has
      still not accounted for the 2,000 pages missing from his 6,000-page
      file when it was given to the Senate Armed Services Committee more
      than a month ago; the missing pages include draft documents on
      interrogation techniques for Iraq. The committee's chairman, Senator
      John Warner, said last week that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
      had assured him that he was working on the problem. Mr. Warner's
      faith seems deeply misplaced...

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