BAGRAM….Tim Golden of the New York Times reports today about prisoner abuse at the U.S. detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan. Not “close calls” and not “gray areas,” either, but routine, horrific treatment that, at least in one case, led to the gruesome death of a probably innocent man.
Senior officers frequently toured the detention center, and several of them acknowledged seeing prisoners chained up for punishment or to deprive them of sleep.
….Even though military investigators learned soon after Mr. Dilawar’s death that he had been abused by at least two interrogators, the Army’s criminal inquiry moved slowly. Meanwhile, many of the Bagram interrogators, led by the same operations officer, Capt. Carolyn A. Wood, were redeployed to Iraq and in July 2003 took charge of interrogations at the Abu Ghraib prison. According to a high-level Army inquiry last year, Captain Wood applied techniques there that were “remarkably similar” to those used at Bagram.
Why is it that, just as at Abu Ghraib, none of these “senior officers” ever seem to be held accountable for any of this?