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OPINION
April 25, 2007
Re "A terrorist walks," editorial, April 20 The release on bail of Cuban exile terrorist Luis Posada Carriles shows the United States' hypocrisy in its war on terror. Posada has confessed that he had an active role in planting a bomb that killed 73 passengers on a Cuban airliner. He escaped from jail in 1985 while awaiting trial in Venezuela. The U.S. should extradite him to Venezuela. The claim that Posada would face torture in Venezuela is ridiculous. Torture is prohibited under the new Venezuelan constitution, and the present government does not torture prisoners.
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OPINION
March 11, 2007 | M. Gregg Bloche, M. GREGG BLOCHE is a professor of law at Georgetown University, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and visiting professor of law at UCLA.
WHAT went wrong at Walter Reed Army Medical Center? Congressional hearings and a new commission to study medical care for soldiers and veterans will yield some answers, but in the meantime, a past crisis may provide some clues. Clinicians correct their mistakes by talking about them, a truth brought home in recent years by multiple studies of medical error in civilian settings. In healthcare, silence is deadly. Military doctors understand this.
NEWS
February 22, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
ABU Ghraib prison should have been a symbol of the kind of brutality by Saddam Hussein that the U.S. was determined to end by invading Iraq and toppling the dictator in 2003. For decades, Hussein stuffed thousands of political prisoners into fetid, overcrowded cells. Most were left to rot; others were executed and buried in mass graves. Second only to the secret police headquarters in Baghdad, Abu Ghraib was the most feared place in Iraq.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The only U.S. military officer charged with a crime in the Abu Ghraib scandal will be court-martialed on eight charges, including cruelty and maltreatment of prisoners, the Army said. Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, 50, who ran the interrogation center at the Iraq prison, was accused of failing to exert his authority as the place descended into chaos, with prisoners stripped naked, photographed in humiliating poses and intimidated by snarling dogs.
OPINION
December 28, 2006
Re "Congo lesson," Opinion, Dec. 22 Adam Hochschild's comparison of President Bush to King Leopold II of Belgium says far more about Hochschild than Bush. Leopold imposed a cruel and ruthless regime on a foreign land for his personal enrichment; Bush deposed a cruel and ruthless regime in a foreign land and is attempting to plant democracy there. The proper analog to Leopold is not President Bush but Saddam Hussein. The abuses at Abu Ghraib do not compare to the mass killing, torture and mutilation in Leopold's Congo.
OPINION
December 18, 2006 | A.S. Hamrah
WHEN PRESIDENT Bush sought to establish new guidelines on torture this fall, he claimed that any interrogation technique that shocks the conscience would not be allowed. Hollywood filmmakers, always eager to oppose the president, go the other way in a year-end glut of torture movies that display only techniques designed to shock the conscience.
WORLD
November 7, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi leader convicted on charges of crimes against humanity, could face the hangman in four or five months inside the same notorious Abu Ghraib prison where he sent many of his victims, the lead prosecutor in his case and a top Iraqi legal expert said Monday.
NEWS
November 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Just days after shipping out for another tour in Iraq, a soldier convicted of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib was ordered back to his home base, officials said Friday. Spc. Santos A. Cardona had departed Ft. Bragg, N.C., on Monday with the 23rd Military Police Company and made it as far as Kuwait, preparing to move into Iraq, when the Army decided that he should be stopped.
WORLD
November 4, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Just days after shipping out for another tour in Iraq, a soldier convicted of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib was ordered back to his home base, officials said Friday. Spc. Santos A. Cardona had departed Ft. Bragg, N.C., on Monday with the 23rd Military Police Company and made it as far as Kuwait, preparing to move into Iraq, when the Army decided that he should be stopped.
WORLD
November 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
An Army dog handler convicted of abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has returned to the country with his military police unit, a spokesman said Thursday. Spc. Santos A. Cardona boarded a plane Monday at Pope Air Force Base, which is adjacent to Ft. Bragg, for the trip to Iraq. Cardona is assigned to the 23rd Military Police Company, said Maj. James Crabtree, a spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps, headquartered at Ft. Bragg.
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