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July 16, 2005

Torture track

Yesterday Bush formally nominated three U.S. Army colonels for promotion to brigadier general. Intel Dump notes that one of them, Colonel Marc Warren, has an interesting history at Abu Ghraib:

COL Warren, you may remember, served as the Staff Judge Advocate for Combined Joint Task Force 7, the Army headquarters in Iraq commanded by LTG Ricardo Sanchez which exercised command oversight over Abu Ghraib during the time of the abuses there. As I wrote in May 2005 for Slate in “What is torture?”, COL Warren played a supporting role in the development of detention and interrogation policy for that prison:
As Sanchez’s chief attorney, Warren vetted many of the key detention and interrogation policies used in Iraq, including those specified in memos dated Sept. 14, 2003, and Oct. 12, 2003, that authorized the use of stress positions, sleep deprivation, and dogs. […] Army investigators reported their belief that members of Warren’s staff, and possibly Warren himself, knew about potential abuses and misconduct in violation of the Geneva Conventions at Abu Ghraib but did not pass this information up to Sanchez or anyone else.
… COL Warren’s promotion presents yet another opportunity for Congress to exercise meaningful oversight of this war’s conduct, something it has repeatedly failed to do. Per Art. II, Sec. 2, the President may only appoint such officers with the advice and consent of the Senate. Before giving that advice, the Senate should insist on receiving full, frank and candid answers to all of its remaining questions relating to the prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib, and the policy environment which surrounded them.

“Should,” but probably won’t, given Congress’s feeble record on this issue.

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