WASHINGTON (AP) - A military investigation into FBI reports of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, recommended that the prison's former commander be reprimanded, but a top general rejected the recommendation, according to a congressional aide familiar with the inquiry's findings. >Investigators recommended that Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller be reprimanded for failing to oversee the interrogation of a high-value detainee, which was found to have been abusive, the aide said.
But Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, commander of U.S. Southern Command, instead referred the matter to the Army's inspector general, said the aide, who described the still unreleased report on the condition of anonymity because the Pentagon has not released it. Craddock concluded that Miller did not violate any U.S. laws or policies, the report said, according to the aide.
The investigation is the latest in a series looking into allegations of abuse at U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Guantanamo Bay naval base.
GUANTANAMO: Roberts says no evidence of mistreatment at Guantanamo Bay (Sixth item)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Pat Roberts said Monday he saw no evidence of mistreatment during a weekend visit to the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that has drawn some calls for its closure because of alleged abuse of detainees.
"If you really think of who these detainees are - and rather than call them that I call them terrorists - and what they have done, it's hard for me to imagine how much better these terrorists could have it," the Kansas Republican said of conditions at the U.S. naval base.
Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said interrogation techniques are respectful and "produce valuable intelligence every day."
"They are treated very humanely and respectfully," Roberts said. "If they comply with camp rules and they behave, they play outdoor sports like soccer and volleyball, even ping pong."
There are strict procedures for respecting the religion and culture of detainees, Roberts said, and U.S. camp guards strictly observe all the Muslim prayer calls, which occur five times a day.
All of my comments to this post were so inflammatory as to require redaction.
Heads on stakes will suffice.