LtG Ricardo Sanchez, you're up!
Well, the breather afforded to the Bush administration by the unhappy passing of a former President, may well have been arrested this morning with the thump of the WaPo on Washington doorsteps. General Granted Lattitude at Prison is sort of an awkward headline; it makes me wonder if he was not showing up and allowing detainees to levitate. Alas, nothing so benign--the latitude granted was to military intelligence to largely match the techniques being used at Guantanamo. The policy was approved not coincidentally in September 2003, right around the time that Gen Miller made the trip to Abu Ghraib, as we now know in order to put the weight of DoD behind the directives.
Not only that, but as we discover in the post below and as it was more widely reported today, Gen Sanchez personally directed--over brigade objection--that a certain prisoner be hidden from the Red Cross, both physically and in recordkeeping. Believe it or not, we agreed not to do that.
This follow's Friday's report in which it was disclosed that dogs were approved for use at Abu Ghraib, apparently one of the items in the directive from Sanchez. Also included were bread and water diets, which are a direct violation of Geneva principles that include 3 squares. The specificity of the dogs is interesting, however, because it points out the shady denials by Gen Kimmitt about canine enforcement:
The Post said Col. Pappas told Gen. Taguba during his investigation that Gen. Miller said "that they used military working dogs at Gitmo ... and that they were effective in setting the atmosphere for which, you know, you could get information" from prisoners.
"Miller never had a conversation with Col. Pappas regarding the use of military dogs for interrogation purposes in Iraq," Brig. Gen. Kimmitt said. "Further, military dogs were never used in interrogations at Guantánamo."
Notice how he doesn't deny that dogs were used in Iraq, or that anybody else had any conversations with Pappas about it.
Finally, the Telegraph indicates that worse is yet to come--the Red Cross has turned over four documents to an American TV network, who will soon make public their contents. The material is said to be highly damaging to senior civilian personnel at the Pentagon. If that's the case, the link will have been made from Sanchez to people like Cambone, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld, and the chain will stretch from the head of the DoD down to Lynndie England.