19 January 2006

Fewer Posts This Week

Still here, just haven't posted much. Light posting next few days.

Meantime, it looks like some female Iraqi prisoners will be released, in apparent acquiescence to the demands of Jill Carroll's kidnappers.

What it's like to be a kidnapped journalist? Here's the story from a Brit who was kidnapped and then inadvertently found and rescued during a raid.

And speaking of man's inhumanity towards man, will there ever be accountability over Abu Ghraib? The WaPo editorializes on A General's Dishonor.

By invoking his right to avoid self-incrimination, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller has avoided a much-needed cross-examination of his role in the abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He has also added to his dishonor as a commander who oversaw improper interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, then introduced some of the same practices in Iraq in violation of the Geneva Conventions. Gen. Miller's subsequent account of his actions, in sworn testimony to Congress and Army investigators, has been contradicted by at least four other witnesses, so it's not surprising that he has sought shelter in the military's equivalent of the Fifth Amendment. He has yet to be the subject of any charge. But anyone who still accepts the Abu Ghraib cover story peddled by the White House and the Pentagon -- that the abuses portrayed in now-infamous photographs were invented by rogue guards on the night shift -- ought to be asking what this two-star general is afraid of.

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