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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Veterans Demand Accountability

Veterans for Common Sense, an organization with 12,000 members, calls for a commission to investigate torture allegations, in response to the Pentagon's refusal to release photos and videos from Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay:
In an open letter, signed by more than 2,000 veterans and supporters (including 5 flag-rank officers and more than 200 commissioned officers), the veterans urged Congress and the President to "commit - immediately and publicly - to support the creation of an independent commission to investigate and report on the detention and interrogation practices of U.S. military and intelligence agencies deployed in the war on terror."

Charles Sheehan-Miles, a 1991 Gulf War veteran and the group's executive director, said, "Once again the administration is fighting to prevent any possible public accountability for its policies, instead choosing to blame it all on the troops. To court-martial privates while high ranking officials get promoted is damaging to the very principle of command responsibility and undermines the U.S. military."
Hey George, support the troops... What do you have to hide?

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