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Seymour Hersh Reveals Rumsfeld Mislead Congress Over Abu Ghraib; How Gen. Taguba Was Forced To Retire
by Democracy Now (reposted)
Tuesday Jun 19th, 2007 9:22 AM
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 : Over three years ago, Seymour Hersh exposed the torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib in an article largely based on a leaked report by Major General Antonio Taguba. Now Taguba has spoken to Hersh in his first interview since being forced to retire. Taguba reveals that he was blocked from investigating who ordered the abuse at Abu Ghraib and how more pictures and video exist showing the torture.
New details have emerged in the Abu Ghraib scandal -- and with them new questions that reach right to the top. In his first interview since leading the Pentagon's investigation into Abu Ghraib, Major General Antonio Taguba says he was forced to retire because his report was too critical of the U.S. military. He says the military has unpublished photographs and videos that show the abuse and torture was even worse than previously disclosed. That includes video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female detainee, and information of the sexual humiliation of a father and his son.

Taguba says he was blocked from investigating who ordered the torture at Abu Ghraib. In May of 2004, he indicated where that may have led him when he was questioned by Senator John Warner of Virginia and Senator Carl Levin of Michigan.

Gen. Taguba , testifying in May of 2004. The new details of General Taguba's story were revealed by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in this week's issue of The New Yorker Magazine. Hersh first exposed the Abu Ghraib scandal three years ago. His latest article is called: “The General”s Report --How Antonio Taguba, who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its casualties.” Seymour Hersh joins me now from Washington, DC.

Welcome to Democracy Now Seymour Hersh , Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the New Yorker. His latest article in this month"s issue of the New Yorker is called "The General’s Report: How Antonio Taguba, who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its casualties."