- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A Feb. 24 editorial (“Voila! Ship Gitmo detainees to Afghanistan”) criticized the president’s order to close the Pentagon’s detention facility at Guantanamo within a year by saying that President Obama “lumped Guantanamo together with Abu Ghraib as negative symbols of America’s war against terrorism. The two are completely unrelated, of course. There have never been credible allegations of Abu Ghraib-like misconduct at Guantanamo. I Googled and read a synopsis of the 2008 Senate Armed Services Committee report released by Sens. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, and John McCain, Arizona Republican.

”Special Mission Unit (SMU) Task Force (TF) interrogation policies were influenced by the Secretary of Defense’s Dec. 2, 2002, approval of aggressive interrogation techniques for use at GTMO [Guantanamo]. SMU TF interrogation policies in Iraq included the use of aggressive interrogation techniques such as military working dogs and stress positions. SMU TF policies were a direct cause of detainee abuse and influenced interrogation policies at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere in Iraq.”

The report also stated that “Interrogation techniques such as stripping detainees of their clothes, placing them in stress positions, and using military working dogs to intimidate them appeared in Iraq only after they had been approved for use in Afghanistan and at GTMO.”

Semper fi to my corps and semper fidelis to truth.

CAMERON KUSS

Davis, Calif.


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