Sunday, January 22, 2006

''Ex-Abu Ghraib general among anti-war speakers''

It takes a daily newspaper in New York City to get this story out:

"A former general in charge of the Abu Ghraib prison during the 2004 abuse scandal there and England's former ambassador to Uzbekistan were among several people to speak out against the Bush administration's handling of the "War on Terror" Saturday at an anti-war hearing at Manhattan's Riverside Church.

Craig Murray, ousted as Britain's ambassador to Uzbekistan after he criticized the use of intelligence gained through torture, said Uzbek security forces supplying interrogation findings to the CIA used torture "on an industrial scale." In two cases he said he documented that people were boiled alive.

"I would rather die than to have [innocent people] tortured to save my life," Murray said, drawing applause from the crowd of more than 500 people.

Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski said photographs of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison "opened a huge door on" America's mishandling of the war, and that soldiers trained to handle prisoners of war were ill-suited for running Iraq's civilian prisons.

Karpinski also said as many as 85 percent of the Iraqi detainees there were "guilty of nothing," but were not released because interrogators "were afraid of releasing the next Osama bin Laden."-from Newsday.

I'm pleased the reporter put quotes around War on Terror. The article does seem to confuse that "war" with the war in Iraq, however.

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