Friday, May 07, 2004
I listened to the broadcast of the Senate hearings on Abu Ghraib with considerable interest, especially since hearing an NPR report a few days ago that indicated that private intelligence contractors and CIA intelligence officials were partially responsible for the abuses in the prison. The report speculated that the private contractors were not covered under the law concering U.S. law violations by private contractors overseas because they were contracted by the CIA and exempted from the law. So, I was patiently waiting (through all the posturing, etc.) to hear someone ask about this and was very happy when Senator McCain, a Republican, was the one to do it. I was just coming into work and rushed upstairs to catch the answer but missed it. Luckily, the Washington Post has a transcript of the testimony online. Here's a link to the page with McCain's questions if anyone else missed it and is interested. Of course, Rumsfeld didn't answer the question but with McCain and others asking these questions, I don't think it will disappear. Warprofiteers and Corpwatch both have articles on Titan and CACI, the contractors providing translators and interrogators to the prison, as well as a downloadable copy of the Taguba Report there.