Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib (P.S.)

By Seymour M. Hersh

Since September eleven, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush management -- along with his explosive tales in The New Yorker, together with his headline-making items at the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Now, Hersh brings jointly what he has discovered, besides new reporting, to respond to the severe query of the final 4 years: How did the USA get from the transparent morning while planes crashed into the realm alternate middle to a divisive and soiled battle in Iraq?

In Chain of Command, Hersh takes an unflinching glance at the back of the general public tale of the struggle on terror and into the lies and obsessions that led the USA into Iraq. Hersh attracts on resources on the optimum degrees of the yank govt and intelligence neighborhood, in overseas capitals, and at the battlefield for an unheard of view of a serious bankruptcy in America's contemporary background. In a brand new afterword, he reviews the government's failure to accurately examine prisoner abuse -- at Abu Ghraib and somewhere else -- and punish these in charge. With an advent via The New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an management blinded by way of ideology and of a president whose judgements have made the area a extra harmful position for America.

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Brokers had introduced al-Jamadi, in a hood, to the legal for interrogation that was once conducted—the witnesses disagreed on this—either by way of the C. I. A. operatives or by means of the C. I. A. and officers from army intelligence. After al-Jamadi’s demise, one other witness testified, Colonel Pappas, the senior commander of army intelligence at Abu Ghraib, was once concerned with a dialogue approximately what to do with the physique. The fast resolution was once to pack it in ice. The witness, Captain Donald Reese, commander of 1 of the concerned army police businesses, testified that he heard Pappas say at one aspect, “I’m unlikely down for this by myself. ” by means of overdue July, military investigators have been having a look into even if the officers and males participated in a conspiracy to devote homicide. forty six CHAIN OF COMMAND because the foreign furor over Abu Ghraib grew, senior army officers, and President Bush, insisted that the activities of some didn't reflect the behavior of the army as a complete. Taguba’s record, in spite of the fact that, amounted to an unsparing examine of collective wrongdoing and the failure of military management on the optimum degrees. the image he drew of Abu Ghraib was once one within which military rules and the Geneva Conventions have been often violated, and during which a lot of the day by day administration of the prisoners was once abdicated to military army intelligence devices and civilian agreement staff. No quantity of apologetic testimony or political spin may masks the truth that, because the assaults of September eleventh, President Bush and his most sensible aides have noticeable themselves as engaged in a conflict opposed to terrorism during which the outdated principles didn't follow. Interrogating prisoners and getting intelligence, together with by way of intimidation and torture, was once the concern. three. Crossing the road The roots of the Abu Ghraib scandal lie no longer within the legal dispositions of some military reservists, yet within the reliance of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld on mystery operations and using coercion— and eye-for-an-eye retribution—in fighting terrorism. Rumsfeld’s such a lot fateful selection, recommended by way of the White residence, got here at a time of difficulty in August 2003, whilst the safety secretary increased the hugely mystery special-access application into the prisons of Iraq. Rumsfeld’s selection embittered the yankee intelligence group, broken the effectiveness of élite strive against devices, and damage the customers of the us within the battle on terror. in response to interviews with numerous earlier and current American intelligence officials, the Pentagon’s operation—aspects of which have been recognized contained in the intelligence group through a number of code phrases, together with Copper Green—encouraged actual coercion and TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB forty seven sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners with a view to generate extra intelligence concerning the insurgency. A senior C. I. A. official confirmed the main points of this account and stated that the operation stemmed from Rumsfeld’s long-standing wish to wrest regulate of clandestine and paramilitary operations from the C. I. A. i used to be at first instructed of the SAP’s life by way of participants of the intelligence group who have been afflicted by way of the program’s prima facie violation of the Geneva Conventions; their situation was once that such actions, if uncovered, may eviscerate the ethical status of the us and disclose American squaddies to retaliation.

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