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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by poopyhead, May 20, 2004.
violence begets violence... it is not surprising when those who have been abused and have had that abuse justified and even praised are going to turn around and pass it along.
Huh? What does that have to do with the pMSNBC article?
I think the point is that if you train soldiers with brutality, after a while that's all they know. The level of inhumanity which is seen to be acceptable in these places surely tells you SOMETHING?
and the torture bus rolls on...
History is replete with long lost and dead civilizations that were not brutal when it came to war and protecting its own interests.
You do not win wars and survive by hoping that your enemy would *NOT* be brutal. Therein lies the problem with Neserk's analysis of the situation.
OK, then how about not letting average soldiers, with little to no training in the handling of prisoners and interrogation, handle detainees and other POWs? How about training the people who do handle the prisoners in the Geneva convention, proper interrogation techniques and allow the process to be overseen to prevent human right's abuses?
If we are prosecuting a war, I have no problem with brutality on the battlefield. But brutality should not extend into the prisons we are using to hold POWs. The average soldier, who is trained only in combat and army procedure, should not have access to the prisoners.
Any disagreements with that statement?
This is where we differ. Well, one place among many, probably. You seem to have a "Thousand Year Reich" delusion (I'm not imputing any Nazi thinking here). Empires come and go. More brutality is not the answer. Your way is not necessarily the best. Be gracious in decline, not vicious.
i have to agree with your comments but the quite more disturbing thing is that 2 of the soldiers which now face punishment for prisoner abuse _had_ already been working as prison guards in america before they joined the army.....
I hadn't heard that. Well, I guess that just adds to the case for greater oversight of military prisons.
If I remember correctly, Military Police units and Infantry units are among the first to be activated during a conflict. This is what happened during the 1st Gulf War. I remembered coworkers being activated, before I had to finally go to active duty.
Infantry units to do the fighting, and MP units to do the prisoner handling. Of course, there are other support units to go along, such as Water Purification units, Maintenance units, etc.
Most of the cops that I knew were also doing MP or Infantry duties in the National Guard or Reserve. Not saying that all MPs are civilian cops. But civilian cops usually know how to deal with prisoners/suspects since that is what they do in their regular jobs.
That does make sense. Nonetheless, the "assignment of military duty by civilian job held" is not exactly an assurance of proper training and behavior, is it? Also, if I'm not mistaken, many (all?) of the soldiers implicated in the abuse scandle are NOT MPs. So obviously the MPs are not the only ones handling the POWs in Iraq.
I think the armed forces could stand a review of how assignments to military prisons are made, how those soldiers assigned to the prisons are trained, and what procedures are in place to prevent human rights abuses.
Never said it was. And being a civilian cop does not mean you are a paragon of law and order either. Its just a data point that I would like to present here. That the predisposition makes it 'less likely'.
One thing that I did notice was that not many of the police supervisory positions were held by drilling reservists or National Guardsman. These would be the watch commanders, police lieutenants and police captains. These would be the people responsible for the proper functioning of the police station and the precinct.
In essence, then, you are saying that the lack of preparedness was both systemic and avoidable. This is exactly why it was ESSENTIAL to enlist the UN to help out. But your control-freak of a Defence Secretary thought he could wing it. Like on the peace-keeping front. Co-operation is everything. Remember Sesame Street?
U.S. admits to secret interrogation site in Baghdad
Friday, May 21, 2004 Posted: 6:37 PM EDT (2237 GMT)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- As hundreds of detainees were released from Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, a senior U.S. official Friday confirmed that a previously undisclosed U.S. military interrogation facility at or near Baghdad International Airport does indeed exist.
The official said the site was run in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and all detainees were afforded their rights under that international document.
"That's not to say somebody didn't get their head dunked in the water," he said . . .
"head dunked in the water" -- ha, ha, ha. Boy, those guys really crack me up.
In other news:
Soldier Who Failed to Return to Iraq Is Convicted of Desertion
By MARIA NEWMAN
Published: May 21, 2004
Florida National Guard sergeant who failed to return to his unit in Iraq after a leave home, saying he no longer believed in the war, was found guilty today of desertion by a military jury in Fort Stewart, Ga., a military official said.
Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia was found guilty of one charge of desertion by a jury of four officers and four enlisted soldiers today, said Dina McKain, a public affairs officer at Fort Stewart.
He faces up to a year in prison, and Ms. McKain said he will be sentenced later today after a hearing in which character witnesses are testifying on his behalf.
Sergeant Mejia, 28, served six months in Iraq, went home to Miami on a two-week furlough in October, and failed to return to his unit when it ended.
In March, he turned himself in to military authorities in Boston, where he had been in hiding, and said he wanted to be considered a conscientious objector. Peace activists have taken up his cause.
I feel sorry for the kid. But, of course, you can't desert and not expect the military to come after you. Afterall, that's why there is Canada.
I'll bet the ICRC is having a good laugh at that one. How could it be secret and also within the GC? Impossible. This bunch are taking the piss.
What makes you think asking for the help of the UN would have changed anything? We already have the help of the British, Japanese, and others that were already willing to help out.
The UN gets its resources from member nations. If the member nations do not want to help, they will not send their help. So, what is gained?
Used to be that desertion in time of war is grounds for immediate firing squad.
Execution by firing squad
Hmm... desertion is not at all uncommon, even WW2!
Yes, but is this a time of war?
how about accountability?