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Friday, June 25, 2004

I'm Not Going Down For This Alone

More on the Abu Ghraib torture scandal from the Washington Post, and it does not bode well for the military.

The company commander of the U.S. soldiers charged with abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison testified Thursday that the top military intelligence commander at the prison was present the night a detainee died during an interrogation and that efforts were made to conceal the details of the detainee's death.

Capt. Donald J. Reese, commander of the 372nd Military Police Company, said he was summoned one night in November to a shower room in a cellblock at the prison, where he discovered the body of a bloodied detainee on the floor. A group of intelligence personnel was standing around the body, discussing what to do, and Col. Thomas M. Pappas, commander of military intelligence at the prison, was among them, Reese said...

....No medics were called, Reese said, and the detainee's identification was never recorded.

Reese testified that he heard Pappas say at one point, "I'm not going down for this alone."

An autopsy the next day determined that the man's death was caused by a blood clot resulting from a blow to the head, and the body subsequently was hooked up to an intravenous drip, as if the detainee was still alive, and taken out of the prison, Reese recalled. There is no known record of what happened to the body after that.

This is not America.

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