“No blood, no foul”

Elite U.S. troops converted one of Saddam Hussein’s torture chambers into … a torture chamber, which they called “The Black Room.” As long as the victim didn’t bleed, they figured, no one would get in trouble.

No, all of Saddam Hussein’s torture chambers weren’t closed. Some were just reopened under new management. And some of the worst weren’t manned by dimwit reservists like Lynndie England; they were run by “the military’s most highly trained counterterrorism unit.”

By the way: “… the harsh interrogations yielded little information to help capture insurgents or save American lives.”

Just for comic relief, complaints from the Defense Intelligence Agency were referred for investigation to Gen. “His God is an Idol” Boykin. Surprisingly, the General couldn’t find any “pattern of misconduct.”

Footnote And guess who blew the whistle, again and again, defending our captives from torture and our national honor from being dragged (further) through the mud? Career-service Federal employees. Think about that the next time you hear someone use “bureaucrat” as a term of abuse.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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  1. Guidelines for dealing with militias in Iraq

    Ran across this from Mark Kleiman's blog, it's a translation of an email circulating in Iraq detailing precautions for avoiding abuse by Iraqi security forces. I found the use of the internet for situational awareness and security purposes interesting….

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