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Person of the Day

JUNE 19, 2007
Major General Antonio Taguba.  In this week’s New Yorker Seymour Hersh describes how Taguba was forced out of the Army after doing too good a job investigating the chain of horrors at Abu Ghraib.  In an interview on MSNBC yesterday Hersh said this, “The President of the United States was told very early about Abu Ghraib.  What did he do about it?  Did he say to Rumsfeld, “I want general’s heads to roll.  I want to clean up detainee practices. We can’t do this.  We can’t have these pictures around.”?  He did nada. So what happens in the military chain of command? They know he’s been briefed on it.  Rummy’s been briefed.  Nobody’s doing anything. You know that to investigate detainee abuse is the end of your career.”