Abu Ghraib Torture Tactics First Used at Gitmo
And approved by Rummy, no less.
From the Washington Post:
Interrogators at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forced a stubborn detainee to wear women's underwear on his head, confronted him with snarling military working dogs and attached a leash to his chains, according to a newly released military investigation that shows the tactics were employed there months before military police used them on detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The techniques, approved by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for use in interrogating Mohamed Qahtani -- the alleged "20th hijacker" in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- were used at Guantanamo Bay in late 2002 as part of a special interrogation plan aimed at breaking down the silent detainee.
Military investigators who briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday on the three-month probe, called the tactics "creative" and "aggressive" but said they did not cross the line into torture.
The report's findings are the strongest indication yet that the abusive practices seen in photographs at Abu Ghraib were not the invention of a small group of thrill-seeking military police officers. The report shows that they were used on Qahtani several months before the United States invaded Iraq.
The investigation also supports the idea that soldiers believed that placing hoods on detainees, forcing them to appear nude in front of women and sexually humiliating them were approved interrogation techniques for use on detainees.
Please read the whole article, there's lots of important details in there.
So much for the bad apple defense, huh? I love the use of the word "creative" here... My parents always encouraged me to be creative when I was growing up, but that involved construction paper and crayons, not, I don't know, TORTURE. Rumsfeld needs to resign, like, NOW.
(And Rove needs to resign too, while we're at it--but of course, he was just a BRAVE WHISTLEBLOWER defending the Bush administration from Joseph Wilson's unfounded assertion there were no WMDs, right? Right?!)