Things I didn’t know about Abu Ghraib until today

1. The International Committee of the Red Cross told the U.S. in February that there were widespread abuses “tantamount to torture” in the interrogation of prisoners in Iraq.

2. The operations director of ICRC says “Our findings do not allow us to conclude that what we were dealing with at Abu Ghraib were isolated acts of individual members of coalition forces. What we have described is a pattern and a broad system.”

3. The Gen. Miller just sent to reform the Iraqi prison mess is the same Gen. Miller who previously proposed that the chain of command be changed to put the guards under the jurisdiction of the interrogators.

4. Any NCO can sign the paperwork to send someone to Guantanamo. Only the SecDef can sign the paperwork to let that person out.

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