May 11, 2007 |
The top U.S. commander in Iraq reminded troops Thursday that they must fight by the rules, after a Pentagon survey released last week showed many of them support torture in certain cases and would not report a comrade for killing or wounding civilians. In a letter to U.S. service members, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said that adhering to high moral values "distinguishes us from our enemy" and is essential to winning support among the Iraqi population -- the cornerstone of the new U.S.
September 6, 2006 |
Bowing to critics of its tough interrogation policies, the Pentagon is issuing a new Army field manual that provides Geneva Convention protections for all detainees and eliminates a secret list of interrogation tactics. The manual, set for release today, also reverses an earlier decision to maintain two interrogation standards -- one for traditional prisoners of war and another for "unlawful combatants" captured during a conflict but not affiliated with a nation's military force.
February 3, 2005 |
Facing political pressure from members of Congress, the Pentagon has dropped consideration of a plan to increase the time reservists can spend on active duty, senior Defense Department officials said Wednesday. Straining to meet upcoming troop needs in Iraq and Afghanistan, top Army generals had indicated recently that they would press the Defense Department's civilian leadership to lift a two-year limit on active duty deployments for reservists.
June 24, 2004 |
The Defense Department will allow families of U.S. troops and others killed in Iraq to watch their loved ones' coffins be removed from military transport planes at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to a memo issued last month. The Pentagon said it would allow soldiers' next of kin or a "designated representative" to attend as remains are transferred from planes to vehicles that carry them to the mortuary.
May 20, 2004 |
The U.S. Army has always tried to be an institution run by the book, with clear lines of authority. But in the unfolding Iraq prison abuse scandal, the Army's rule book has been shown to have pages missing and lines blurred. Top field commanders appeared before a congressional committee Wednesday and painted a picture of faulty communications and bureaucratic snafus, with orders issued but not seen and guidelines written but not posted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2001 |
The last time Victor Muller saw his brother was in August of 1944. Joseph Muller, who had been drafted and was shipping out for France, had driven up to Victor's summer camp in the Catskills to say goodbye and deliver his first and last man-to-man chat. Take care of Mom and our two sisters, Joseph told his 8-year-old brother. You're a man of the house now.