Top Army Officers Are Cleared in Abuse Cases

“An Army inspector general’s report has cleared senior Army officers of wrongdoing in the abuse of military prisoners in Iraq and elsewhere, government officials familiar with the findings said yesterday.

The only Army general officer recommended for punishment for the failures that led to abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison and other facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan is Brig. Gen. Janis L. Karpinski, who was in charge of U.S. prison facilities in Iraq as commander of the 800th Military Police Brigade in late 2003 and early 2004. Several sources said Karpinski is expected to receive an administrative reprimand for dereliction of duty.

…The investigation essentially found no culpability on the part of Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez and three of his senior deputies, ruling that allegations they failed to prevent or stop abuses were “unsubstantiated.” ” (Washington Post)

This is a whitewash, plain and simple…and with a scapegoat, who doesn’t have access to the ‘Eichmann defense’ that she was only following orders, because her superiors did not have to give orders. The exoneration of Sanchez and others (and, by implication, the real culprits up to and including Rumsfeld and Bush) is on the wrong grounds — while they may not be guilty of failing to prevent or stop abuses (if you even believe that), they created a permissive culture in which specious goals of fighting ‘terrrrrrrism’ justify any barbaric means.

Annals of the Invasion of Privacy (cont’d.)

Outcry leads to police dropping plans to monitor audio in 2 areas: “Public pressure over a proposed Metro police surveillance network has led police to scrap plans for an audio monitoring system that would have allowed officers to randomly eavesdrop on conversations in public places.

A video network, without audio recording devices, remains on track, however.” (Tennessean [via Dave Farber’s Interesting People mailing list])

“And not only that, but he [Justice Kennedy] said in session that he
does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly
outrageous.”

— House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

Human Hibernation Possible?

Buying Time Through ‘Hibernation on Demand’: “Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have, for the first time, induced a state of reversible metabolic hibernation in mice. This achievement, the first demonstration of ‘hibernation on demand’ in a mammal, ultimately could lead to new ways to treat cancer and prevent injury and death from insufficient blood supply to organs and tissues.

‘We are, in essence, temporarily converting mice from warm-blooded to cold-blooded creatures, which is exactly the same thing that happens naturally when mammals hibernate,’ said lead investigator Mark Roth, Ph.D., whose findings will be published in the April 22 issue of Science.

‘We think this may be a latent ability that all mammals have — potentially even humans — and we’re just harnessing it and turning it on and off, inducing a state of hibernation on demand,’ said Roth, a member of Fred Hutchinson’s Basic Sciences Division.”