Monday, July 26, 2004


With so much media attention on the Democratic National Convention, I wonder if anyone there in the position to speak out and be heard widely will raise the point that we still don't have an independent and comprehensive investigation of U.S. soldiers' human rights abuses in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo and elsewhere. It has been three months since the scandal broke -- or, for those who have read BushWhackedUSA (or paid much attention to the international press or the IRC), information about the abuses has been available since at least last December.

What's taking so long? Why isn't there an outcry for this investigation? What techniques were approved by the highest levels of Pentagon and the civilian government? Who is speaking out for the detainees who were "rendered to Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other U.S. allies, where torture is both systematic and sanctioned?

Here is a list of the six investigations currently underway and the one just completed and hustled under the public's radar last week by using the 9/11 Commission's report as cover. And here is a reort from Human Rights Watch on the Bush administration's deliberate policy of using illegal interrogation techniques: "The Road to Abu Graib."

We can't let this one fade into the so-called memory hole. We need an independent commission, not another little investigation appointed by Donald Rumsfeld himself. Let's hope someone in a position to do something about this will speak out, loudly and soon.

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