Sunday, May 16, 2004


A Newsweek investigation has essentially unearthed the same story surrounding the Abu Ghraib prison scandal as Seymour Hersh in this week's New Yorker. Reporters John Barry, Michael Hirsh and Michael Isikoff have also found that the abuse and torture in Iraq is a direct descendent of provisions granted by the highest members of the Bush administration in order to "sidestep the historical safeguards of the Geneva Conventions" during the conduction of its "war on terror."

Additionally, both articles raise the point that there was considerable worry from lawyers within the military's JAG corps -- characterized as "almost a revolt" by one Newsweek source -- over the civilian leadership of the Pentagon's disregard for the Geneva Conventions. In fact, the concern was go grave that the lawyers tried to get the NY Bar Association to challenge the Pentagon in court on its handling of detainees.

This is mentioned only in passing in the Newsweek and New Yorker articles, but another investigative report from ABC News fleshes out this aspect of the story in more detail.