Pattern and Practice

Blogging of the President 2004 (aka BOP News) has choice quotes from the new Hersh book.

Don't let anyone tell you that the torture was the work of a few rogue elements off duty in the prision where they weren't supposed to be. That may be the source of some of the more shocking pictures to become public so far, but if Hersh is accurate, there was a pattern and practice of abusive conduct that (1) had to be endorsed by the prison administration and (2) was the subject of at least one blistering warning to higher-ups…who turned a blind eye.

This is war crimes stuff at least for the direct perpetrators and their prison commanders; how high up it could go is a painful question that is being swept under the rug as fast as possible.

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2 Responses to Pattern and Practice

  1. Dem says:

    Good to see the U.S. media is all over this issue.

  2. Tom says:

    Good Mark Danner article just posted on the NYRB website (, if anyone wants more on this topic.

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