Senate Still Investigating Abu Ghraib

From Holden:

I’m pleased that the Bush Administration-sanctioned torture of Iraqi detainees has not been completely swept under the carpet.

Today the senate delivered a bipartisan censure of the CIA for failing to tell the army how many ghost detainees are being held:

At a hearing, lawmakers indicated their frustration that Army generals who investigated the prison abuses couldn’t put a specific figure on the number of ghost detainees and could only give a range of up to 100 detainees, though they said it was more likely closer to two dozen.

“It’s a very difficult question for us to answer, Mr. Chairman, because we don’t have the documentation,” Gen. Paul Kern, who oversaw an Army investigation of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, told Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner, R-Va.

The panel’s top Democrat, Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, said “it’s totally unacceptable that documents that are requested from the CIA have not been forthcoming.” And, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the ghost detainee issue “needs to be cleared up really badly.”

While investigators point the finger of blame at the Bush Boy:

Harold Brown, a former defense secretary and a member of one of several groups that investigated the abuses, said the entire Bush administration bears some responsibility, including for failure to send enough troops to handle the large prison population and sowing confusion over whether the Geneva Convention applied to prisoners taken in the war on terror.

“Clearly, responsibility for failing to plan for what actually happened after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein extends all the way to the top — obviously (to) the office of the secretary of defense, “ Brown told the House panel. “But it goes beyond that. It’s true of the whole administration.”