That is what people like Michelle Malkin wants you to believe. Now take a look at this headline from the AP:
Ahh a soldier is accused of this. Good thing it isn’t a higher-up. Could you imagine how this might like if it was commander (say a colonel?). Let’s look at the headline of the same story from Reuters:
OHHH it is a commander – a commander of a prison no less. This sounds a lot more serious than a “soldier”. Now I wonder if this could go hand in hand with the London Times article from earlier this month:
So are they connected. I remember how people quickly dismissed the Times article as a bunch of bull. Let’s look further into this. First from the Times article:
Inmates from Camp Cropper, the US prison at Baghdad airport, described to The Times seeing al-Qaeda terrorists club to death a man suspected of being an informer. Others dished out retribution with razor wire stolen from the fences.
So this was at Camp Cropper. I wonder what camp this “ex-commander” was from? Let’s check the Reuters article:
Aberle said Steele was commander of Camp Cropper, a detention facility near Baghdad international airport that holds more than 3,000 detainees, including former members of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
(emphasis added again)
Wow – it looks like the same story. Why did it take 3 weeks longer for our media to report it? I guess the wingnuts needed that time to try and debunk the story.
But this isn’t the first time we heard of problems at Camp Cropper. In December of 2006, the New York Times reported about detainee 200343 at Camp Cropper. This was a 29 year old Navy Veteran who was in Iraq as a security contractor. This was the guy wrongfully detained. He had alerted the authorities to problems with his company and when they raided it, he was detained and put through this.
Yes – Camp Cropper has a bad history. Abu Gharib anyone? Can our military even run a prison without the people running it being charged or fired? This is just one small sampling of the problems we have in George Bush’s military.