HEADS UP

Next Monday night, we switch servers to our new home at Time.com. So this is the last (sniff) non-holiday weekday that I’ll be blogging from this site, with its current design. It’s been a tough week ironing out glitches and figuring out how to operate the new site, but I think it’s a big improvement. I know you’ll let me know. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank one of my oldest and dearest friends, Robert Cameron, who, from the get-go, worked tirelessly and diligently in creating this site, managing it, re-designing it, handling all the finances, fixing tech problems, and so much else. He’s the one who suggested I blog in the first place – way back in the spring of 2000. Sometimes people ask me why I say “we” when I mention this site. It’s not a royal prerogative. This venture has been run all the time by two of us; and one great advantage of the new home will be allowing Robert to be free of most of his current responsibilities, all of which he did gratis. I couldn’t have begun to do this without him; and, amazingly, our friendship has survived intact. We’re looking forward to hanging together in the future without mentioning bandwidth, blogads, server glitches, and on and on. Thanks, Robert. For everything.

GEN. GEOFFREY MILLER: He’s the key figure in the decision to introduce torture and abuse of detainees in the U.S. military. He’s the one who set up the abuse program at Guantanamo Bay and was then sent by Rumsfeld to “Gitmoize” Abu Ghraib. He’s the one who told General Karpinski to treat detainees “like dogs.” He’s the one who organized the framing of Muslim chaplain James Yee, after once confiding in Yee that he had problems with Muslims in general. As usual, the Bush administration has done all it can to protect Miller, because he could explain who, higher up in the administration, sanctioned torture and abuse. Secure that no one in the real chain of command would contradict him, Miller has, in the past, cooperated with Pentagon investigations. Even so, the Fay report concluded that he had recommended policies that contravened the Geneva Conventions, which were supposed to apply in Iraq. But now, he’s gone silent. Hmmmm. Money quote:

General Miller’s decision to invoke his right not to incriminate himself came shortly after Col. Thomas M. Pappas, whose military intelligence unit was in charge of interrogations at the Abu Ghraib, was granted immunity from prosecution and ordered to testify in the dog handlers’ coming courts-martial. Major Crawford said she and General Miller were not aware that Colonel Pappas had immunity protection when General Miller invoked his military Article 31 rights.

Yeah, right. The good news is that, with painful slowness, even the military investigatory apparatus may eventually uncover the high-level policies that crafted the abuses at Abu Ghraib, and then blamed them on a few reservists. And hold someone accountable. Higher up, I hope, than General Miller.

– posted by Andrew

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