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"Grab whom you must. Do what you want."

"Our heads bow, our hearts ache over what a small number of them did at that prison."
--Colin Powell, speaking to Arab leaders in Jordan

"We find that we have...a few who have betrayed our values by their conduct. We know what our standards are. You know what you're taught. And the terrible actions of a few don't change that."
--Donald Rumsfeld, addressing an audience of military personnel

"According to interviews with several past and present American intelligence officials, the Pentagon's operation...encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in an effort to generate more intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq...

Fewer than two hundred operatives and officials, including Rumsfeld and General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were 'completely read into the program.'...

'The rules are "Grab whom you must. Do what you want."'...

The solution, endorsed by Rumsfeld and carried out by Stephen Cambone, was to get tough with those Iraqis in the Army prison system who were suspected of being insurgents."
--Seymour Hersh, The Gray Zone

May 17, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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