Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Via the New York Times' op-ed page (a sure-fire way, if nothing else, to make sure it gets a link on this blog), an Army interrogator asks the military to clarify its position on torture, for the benefit of those being asked to conduct the interrogations.

From January 2004 to January 2005, I served in various places in Iraq (including Abu Ghraib) as an Army interrogator. Following orders that I believed were legal, I used military working dogs during interrogations. I terrified my interrogation subjects, but I never got intelligence (mostly because 90 percent of them were probably innocent, but that's another story). Perhaps, I have thought for a long time, I also deserve to be prosecuted. But if that is the case, culpability goes much farther up the chain of command than the Army and the Bush administration have so far been willing to admit.

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