Magazine article Newsweek

Torture: Bush's Nominee May Be 'DOA'

Magazine article Newsweek

Torture: Bush's Nominee May Be 'DOA'

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Byline: Michael Isikoff

A Pentagon report last week absolved top Defense officials of any blame for abuse of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq. But the inquiries--and the political fallout--are not over. NEWSWEEK has learned that an investigation by the U.S. Southern Command in Miami has confirmed some of the allegations in recently disclosed e-mails by FBI agents, reporting that military interrogators sexually humiliated prisoners at Gitmo. The inquiry largely concerns a small group of mostly female interrogators who say they were urged by superiors to be "creative" in late 2002 when Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld expressed frustration about the lack of actionable intelligence being gleaned from prisoners at the base. That may have led some interrogators to take liberties, officials said. In one instance, investigators have found evidence that a male interrogator pinned down a Gitmo prisoner while female colleagues "rubbed up against the guy" and sexually taunted him, according to a source familiar with the inquiry. It is still unclear whether other FBI allegations will be confirmed. But, sources tell NEWSWEEK, SouthCom considers the evidence serious enough that about four of the interrogators (one of whom is pregnant) were recently notified they are being called up from reserve status and returned to active duty--because commanders are considering courts-martial. Another headache for the Pentagon: there are believed to be photographs of some of the sexual mistreatment, raising the prospect of new Abu Ghraib-like snapshots further damaging America's image. …

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