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September 28, 2005

More on Ian Fishback and Systemic Use of Torture by US Military

The NYT wrote an article about Captain Fishback, including the not surprising news that the Army is more interested in hunting down the two anonymous sources for the Human Rights Watch report than in changing its abhorrent practices.

"Officer Criticizes Detainee Abuse Inquiry," by Eric Schmitt in the NYT

The Human Rights Watch Report on Torture in Iraq that started this mainstream media blip.

WaPo published Fishback's letter to John McCain
, which they say they obtained by neither Fishback nor McCain. (Note to self: all correspondence is apparently fair game for newspapers to reprint.)

"Mr. Flanigan's Answers," the WaPo editorial re Fishback's revelations and the larger problem of rampant abuse by the US military and elected officials. Note that Congress could have held the administration accountable when the Abu Ghraib scandal came to light, but chose instead to accept this so-called war on terror as an excuse to torture prisoners and disregard the Geneva Conventions and morality in general. They already confirmed Gonzales as attorney general, despite the fact that as chief White House counsel, he is primarily responsible for this administration's b.s. waffling on the definition of torture. Now, his former deputy is about to be confirmed as his new deputy - Timothy Flanigan is Shrub's nominee for deputy attorney general, having first served as Gonzales's deputy White House counsel.

Posted by cj at September 28, 2005 8:12 AM


some people may say that Newberry Michigan is a hicktown or a farmtown. that may be true. but look at detroit. they have only about 50 percent of the seniors graduate high school. do you think that the kids who drop out of high school in detroit know right from wrong. at least growing up in a farmtown like newberry teaches you right from wrong. he knows that the abuse in iraq is the wrong thing. i dont think it should even be possible that he loses his job over doing the right thing.

Posted by: jake mcnamara at September 30, 2005 3:03 PM

Ian fishback's letter to McCain:

a copy of the letter, and other correspondence, was sent to west point graduates--I believe CPT fishback may have sent it himself.

My fiance is a graduate, and he receive a copy.

This may be how the WaPo received a copy.

Posted by: kate at October 4, 2005 2:55 PM

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