Pentagon’s Alleged "Operation Copper Green"

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There appears to be little doubt now that US Foreign Policy with respect to Iraqi and other prisoners was formulated by Rumsfeld (also famous for his victory over the FDA in getting aspartame approved) probably with Ashcroft's counsel and at least tacit (Bush has declared publicly that he "doesn't read"[sic]; sometimes Bush has been caught on camera pretending to read, however, the camera - as indicated in my avitar - usually catches him with strangely disoriented reading materials) approval of GW Bush.

Should Rumsfeld be sacked?

I personally would like to see Rumsfeld placed in goal along with Ashcroft, both preferably nude, in regulation hoods (green hoods with "copper" draw strings might be a nice touch), and poses . . .

Ideally Ashcroft's "kneel" days could be MWFSun while Rumsfeld's "kneel" days would be TThS. In keeping with Geneva Convention "kneel" days would then alter on the following week with Ashcroft kneeling on TThS, Rumsfeld on MWFSun, and so on . . .

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040524fa_fact
THE GRAY ZONE
by SEYMOUR M. HERSH
How a secret Pentagon program came to Abu Ghraib.
Issue of 2004-05-24
Posted 2004-05-15
The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret operation, which had been focussed on the hunt for Al Qaeda, to the interrogation of prisoners in Iraq. Rumsfeld’s decision embittered the American intelligence community, damaged the effectiveness of élite combat units, and hurt America’s prospects in the war on terror.

According to interviews with several past and present American intelligence officials, the Pentagon’s operation, known inside the intelligence community by several code words, including Copper Green, encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in an effort to generate more intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq. A senior C.I.A. official, in confirming the details of this account last week, said that the operation stemmed from Rumsfeld’s long-standing desire to wrest control of America’s clandestine and paramilitary operations from the C.I.A.

Rumsfeld, during appearances last week before Congress to testify about Abu Ghraib, was precluded by law from explicitly mentioning highly secret matters in an unclassified session. But he conveyed the message that he was telling the public all that he knew about the story. He said, “Any suggestion that there is not a full, deep awareness of what has happened, and the damage it has done, I think, would be a misunderstanding.” The senior C.I.A. official, asked about Rumsfeld’s testimony and that of Stephen Cambone, his Under-Secretary for Intelligence, said, “Some people think you can bullshit anyone.”(snip)
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4989481/
But a NEWSWEEK investigation shows that, as a means of pre-empting a repeat of 9/11, Bush, along with Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft, signed off on a secret system of detention and interrogation that opened the door to such methods.
 

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