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6.20.2007

taguba was forced out over abu ghraib

According to a New Yorker article published this week, Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, who led the first investigation into detainee abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, believes senior defense officials were involved in directing abusive interrogation policies and said he was forced to retire early because of his pursuit of the issue: General: Top officials knew of prison abuses

Taguba's March 2004 report on the scandal found that "numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees" at Abu Ghraib by soldiers from the 372nd Military Police Company from October to December 2003. But he says he felt mocked and shunned by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior civilian and military officials after the investigation into Abu Ghraib was completed, and in early 2006, he was ordered, without explanation, to retire within a year. Talk about shooting the messenger... for doing the right thing. More here: General says he was forced out over Abu Ghraib report.