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2005/12/25

U.S. Government Wants to Impose Its "Standards" for Detainees in Iraq

@ 11:42 AM (101 months, 5 days ago)

Breaking News of the morning: The United States says it will NOT turn over the U.S.-run prisons in Iraq to the Iraqis, until it is certain that the prisons meet the United States' standards of care for detainees.

From the New York Times:

The commander of American-run prisons in Iraq says the military will not turn over any detainees or detention centers to Iraqi jailers until American officials are satisfied that the Iraqis are meeting United States standards for the care and custody of detainees.

"Bottom line, we will not pass on facilities or detainees until they meet the standards we define and that we are using today," the commander, Maj. Gen. John D. Gardner of the Army, said in a telephone interview this week from Iraq.

Ok, so let me see if I've got this straight.  We are currently running some prisons in Iraq.  And we won't turn over control over those prisons to the Iraqis, until we are satisfied that they meet our standard of care.

Our past history (read: Abu Ghraib) include waterboarding (to make someone think they are drowning). I guess that's the standard we'll be passing along to the Iraqis.

Or perhaps we'll give them a manual on how to hold someone in a stress position for hours, and giving out orders to make sure that a particular detainee "has a rough night."

U.S., Citing Abuse in Iraqi Prisons, Holds Detainees

Here's an example of the United States government's standard of care for detainees in Iraq: