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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:10 AM
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Pentagon Reverses Policy, Giving Names of Detainees to the Red Cross
U.S. Shifts, Giving Names of Detainees to the Red Cross

By ERIC SCHMITT
Published: August 22, 2009


WASHINGTON In a reversal of Pentagon policy, the military for the first time is notifying the International Committee of the Red Cross of the identities of militants who were being held in secret at a camp in Iraq and another in Afghanistan run by United States Special Operations forces, according to three military officials.

The change begins to lift the veil from the American governments most secretive remaining overseas prisons by allowing the Red Cross to track the custody of dozens of the most dangerous suspected terrorists and foreign fighters plucked off the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is a major advance for the organization in its long fight to gain more information about these detainees. The military had previously insisted that disclosing any details about detainees at the secretive camps could tip off other militants and jeopardize counterterrorism missions.

Detention practices will be in the spotlight this week. The Central Intelligence Agency on Monday is to release a highly critical 2004 report on the agencys interrogation program by the C.I.A. inspector general.

The long awaited report provides new details about abuses that took place inside the agencys secret prisons, including C.I.A. officers carrying out mock executions and threatening at least one prisoner with a gun and a power drill.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/world/middleeast/23de...
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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:21 AM
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1. Once again, Change We Can Believe In! K&R nt
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:39 AM
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2. So, not being stupid is now callled a reversal of policy? n/t
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:45 AM
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3. ??
idiot son's Pentagon wouldn't allow the Red Cross anywhere near the detainees. Now that policy has changed to reflect common sense, maybe.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:42 PM
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5. Perhaps,
but it would mean that the policy during the Bush administration was to act stupidly.


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TheBigotBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:37 AM
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4. This is very good news
and it shows how much the UK is out of touch on this issue.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/08/17-0
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