The Danish newspaper, Politiken, is reporting that Danish troops at Camp Eden in Iraq abused/tortured both civilians and POWs in their custody. Danish military authorities are investigating the case and a female officer, Kaptajn Annemette Hommel, has been sent home already. The Danish abuse case involves many of the same things as the Abu Gharib case: denial of food, water, toilet facilities and forcing prisoners to assume painful positions for prolonged periods - but never hit or kicked say investigators. The abuse allegedly took place between March and June of this year. The difference in the investigations is that the Danish press reports that investigators have found that Danish leaders knew about it all along. In fact, the Danish government removed the leadership of their Iraq contingent (something like 500 troops) over this issue. This is a marked contrast from the American investigation that is dead set on limiting accusations of direct misconduct to enlisted personel.
Kaptajn Hommel says that Camp Eden started to get out of control in June. She says civilian interpreters were walking in and out of the infirmery all the time and were uncooperative. Some had to be sent home. Hmm, chaotic prison environment? I thought that was an isolated thing at Abu Gharib?
This is more circumstantial evidence that the abuse in Abu Gharib was a policy from the top not mearly, as the Bush administration insists, a few bad soldiers dishonoring their unit. More alarming, this happened AFTER the Abu Gharib scandal broke! Again, the so called liberal media in the USA is not picking up the story. Who cares about tiny little Denmark, right? But this is important because if allied troops were doing exactly the same stuff at another detention center in Iraq, then the "few bad apples theory" looks less and less likely. Where is American investigative journalism?
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 7:08 AM