"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Thursday, December 09, 2004


In my posts yesterday regarding the Jacoby memorandum (detailing incidents of torture by American special forces units involved in interrogation of Iraqi prisoners, and the threats made toward DIA personnel who documented and reported those crimes), I implied - no, I stated outright - that "nothing" was done to punish the wrongdoers. Well, it turns out that is not quite correct:
Four special operations soldiers in Iraq were punished and reassigned to other duties after an investigation revealed that they'd abused an Iraqi prisoner in June and threatened two other government employees who witnessed the incident and complained about it, a Defense Department spokesman said Wednesday.

The four soldiers were part of an elite secret unit known as Task Force 6-26, which was assigned to hunt down and capture high-value targets of Saddam Hussein's former regime and leaders of the Iraqi insurgency.

The men received "administrative punishments for excessive use of force" for using Taser stun guns, said spokesman Larry Di Rita. All four soldiers were assigned to other duties, and two were removed from the unit, Di Rita said.

As it happens, these "administrative punishments" are similar to those imposed upon the members of the 343rd Quartermaster Company, the unit which refused to deliver contaminated fuel under unsafe conditions back in October. What the equivalence between these circumstances might be, I will leave for you to consider.




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