Holden at First Draft, Pentagon Confirms Detainee Allegations:
A forthcoming report of a Pentagon investigation of the treatment of detainees in GITMO confirms allegations that defense department interrogators used sexual humiliation tactics during interrogations. When detainees previously complained of routine torture at GITMO Don Rumsfeld insisted that they were treated “humanely,” and Pentagon officials said terrorists were trained to fabricate torture allegations. We can now assume that such assertions are no longer opperative.
Church's report found that interrogators used sexually oriented tactics and harassment to shock or offend Muslim prisoners, the senior Pentagon official said. The official said that the military would not condone “sexual activity” during interrogation, but that good interrogators “take initiative and are a little creative.”
“They are trying to find the key that will get someone to talk to them. Using things that are culturally repulsive is okay as long as it doesn't extend to something prohibited by the Geneva Conventions.”
I've got some news for that “senior Pentagon official”. The Geneva Conventions specifically prohibit “Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment.”
I bet the interrogators and lower ranking people at gitmo will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, while the ones who issued the orders will never be charged.