Saturday, May 15, 2004

Excuse my cynicism, but I suspect that Spc. Jeremy Sivits is a liar. According to investigative records, Sivits described the goings on in his unit at Abu Ghraib and commented: "Our command would have slammed us. They believe in doing the right thing. If they saw what was going on, there would be hell to pay." Since there's more than ample proof that the problem was systemic, I have to doubt the word of this particular abuser who did, after all, cut a deal. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when that particular deal was sealed. "We're prepared to offer you a thoroughly odious deal--light treatment in exchange for the right lies. Say all you want to about your comrades. In fact, be sure you make them look bad. Just be sure to make a point, won't you, of exonerating the fine officers who put you up to this? We'd let you off completely for that kind of service, but that would look a little too fishy, don't you agree?"

Think it might have gone something like that? Maybe we could arrange for someone to beat him up and get the truth out of him. The problem with that, though, is that he'd say whatever we want to hear to stop the beating. Oh. Our CIA people should have been bright enough to know that and bright enough to foresee the PR consequences of systematic abuse.

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