Seymour Hersh says the US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
“The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking,” the reporter told an ACLU convention last week. Hersh says there was “a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher.”
See Ed Cone for pointers to more grisly stuff.
Of course, none of this in any way should be laid at the feet of our leaders, who consistently deplore torture in all forms. Indeed, the very concept of command responsibility, and especially 'buck stops here' theories of the Presidency, are anachronistic thinking ill-suited to the realities of modern governance in large organizations.
Where once we aspired to leadership of virtue, now we must learn to enjoy Virtual Leadership.