Thursday, June 17, 2004

Mr. Rumsfeld? Your Platter Has Arrived 

We'd like your head on it by the end of the day:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in October ordered a suspected terrorist captured in Iraq to be held in secret, a Pentagon official said Wednesday in what administration officials acknowledged was one of two violations of international law.

The unidentified detainee, believed to be a leader of the outlawed Ansar al Islam group, was held without being given a prisoner number, and the International Committee of the Red Cross was not told about him, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

The Pentagon acted at the request of CIA Director George J. Tenet, Whitman said. A U.S. intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged Tenet's role.

The Los Angeles Times reported May 5 that the CIA may have had a role in hiding "ghost detainees" — prisoners for whom there was no paperwork and who were being held without charges.

This case appears to be the first involving Rumsfeld and Tenet directly.
Very clever of you to blame it all on Tenet, now that he's gone. And the sooner you're gone, the sooner Messrs. Bush and Cheney can start blaming it all on you.

UPDATE: Under oath? (Link via Atrios.)

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