Wednesday, October 26, 2005

  • Col. Janis Karpinski, the Former Head of Abu Ghraib, Admits She Broke the Geneva Conventions But Says the Blame "Goes All the Way to The Top"

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    Karpinski, the highest-ranking officer demoted in connection with the torture scandal, speaks out about what happened at the Abu Ghraib prison. She discusses:

    • How the military hid "ghost detainees" from the International Red Cross in violation of international law;
    • Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller calling for the Gitmoization of Abu Ghraib and for prisoners to be "treated like dogs";
    • Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s secret memos on interrogation policies that hung on the prison’s walls;
    • The military’s use of private (and possibly Israeli) interrogators;
    • Her dealings with the International Red Cross;
    • Why she feels, as a female general, she has been scapegoated for a scandal that has left the military and political leadership unscathed; and
    • Calls for Donald Rumsfeld, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, Alberto Gonzalez and Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller to be held accountable for what happened. [includes rush transcript]