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Monday, September 26, 2005

Tortured Logic

If the Abu Ghraib detainees are such a danger to our national security, how is it they can be released as a "goodwill gesture"?
More than 1,000 prisoners held at Abu Ghraib jail will be released this week after a request by Iraqi authorities for a goodwill gesture to mark Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, the U.S. military said on Monday. The release will take place in stages over the coming week, with 500 prisoners to be set free on Monday, a statement said. [...] The releases also come just days after a report by Human Rights Watch that detailed further allegations of abuse and torture by U.S. soldiers of Iraqi detainees at other facilities.
And how much of a justifiable threat are the rest of the prisoners... All 11,800 of them?
U.S. forces are holding about 11,800 prisoners at several detention centres in Iraq, with the largest number, 6,300, held at Camp Bucca in the south. About 4,200 are currently held at Abu Ghraib, which is notorious for the images of U.S. soldiers mocking, physically abusing and torturing Iraqi prisoners that emerged last year.

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