May 02, 2004

The Amish and the NYT and Me

Amid all the crowing from the left and the dry-heaving from the right, one man had his thinking cap on about the torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib:

Military prison officials and guards do not do this kind of thing on their own. Torture is not a punishment, but a method of extracting intelligence.

And that's CIA.

Today, from the New York Times:

The suggestion by Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski that the reservists acted at the behest of military intelligence officers could be supported in a still-classified Army report on prison conditions in Iraq that documented many of the worst abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad, including the sexual humiliation of prisoners.
That doesn't make what happened any more excusable, but it does make me more convinced than ever that Laurence has the right idea:
Fire George Tenet.
Of course, some of us have wondered why he still has a job for a long, long time. Posted by Ilyka at May 2, 2004 02:07 AM in news

Problem is that the CIA is not "military intelligence". The services have their own intel people, separate from the CIA (at very least, the Army and Navy do. I don't know if the Marines or Air Force have intelligence branches; I suspect the AF might, but I expect the Marines might not).

Posted by: Sigivald at May 4, 2004 12:03 AM