Sunday, May 23, 2004

Getting to Root Cause of Prisoner Abuse

I'm comforted to read that SecDef is finally taking Iraqi prisoner abuse issues seriously.
MOBILE phones fitted with digital cameras have been banned in US army installations in Iraq on orders from Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, The Business newspaper reported today.

Quoting a Pentagon source, the paper said the US Defence Department believes that some of the damning photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were taken with camera phones.

"Digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones with cameras have been prohibited in military compounds in Iraq," it said, adding that a "total ban throughout the US military" is in the works.
This falls right in line with the first Abu Ghraib-related court martial being that of the most egregious offender (Jeremy Sivits, the photographer).

(Tip-o-the-hat to an alert patron @ Whiskey Bar.)