Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The Red Cross Report

Joshua Michael Marshall has a very detailed analysis of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report on prisoner abuse in Iraq.

The key passage is probably on page 11 where it states that “methods of physical and psychological coercion used by the interrogators appeared to be part of the standard operating procedures by military intelligence personnel to obtain confessions and extract information. Several military intelligence officers confirmed to ICRC that it was part of the military intelligence process to hold a person deprived of his liberty naked in a completely dark and empty cell for a prolonged period [,] to use inhumane and degrading treatment, including physical and psychological coercion, against persons deprived of their liberty to secure their cooperation.” [italics added by JMM]

As much as we’d like to believe that our system is somehow better than everybody else’s, when it comes right down to it, it’s not just a “few bad apples.” It’s an orchard.