Monday, December 13, 2004

And Rumsfeld Gets to Keep His Job… A Green Light For Abuse?

The New York-based campaign group Human Rights Watch says it has uncovered evidence that three more prisoners have died in US detention in Afghanistan.

In a damning open letter to US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, it says the US is continuing to fail to investigate abuses or punish the guilty.

And the beat goes on… I mean beatings. There is not even anything really left to say about this issue any more. It makes me proud to be an American.

What it calls the "government's failure to hold its personnel accountable for serious abuses has spawned a culture of impunity among some personnel".

Its letter to Donald Rumsfeld says there are fewer complaints now relating to the main US detention centre at Bagram airbase north of Kabul.

However, allegations of "abuse and arbitrary detention" continue to emerge from what are known as "forward operating bases" - smaller posts normally in frontline areas.

It does make it easy for me to come up with content for these pages. Just open up the BBC and link to a couple articles, add sarcastic comment, link to the Message Boards, and move on to the next item.
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