Rumsfeld authorized torture, says Janis Karpinski

27th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2006, Madrid (dpa) - The former commander of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq claimed outgoing US defence minister Donald Rumsfeld had personally authorized the use of torture against prisoners, an interview published in Spanish daily El Pais revealed Saturday. "I saw a memorandum signed by Rumsfeld on the use of such interrogation methods," Janis Karpinski told El Pais. The techniques allegedly approved by Rumsfeld in the document included disruption of prisoners' sleep and mealtimes, forcing them to

27 November 2006

Madrid (dpa) - The former commander of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq claimed outgoing US defence minister Donald Rumsfeld had personally authorized the use of torture against prisoners, an interview published in Spanish daily El Pais revealed Saturday.

"I saw a memorandum signed by Rumsfeld on the use of such interrogation methods," Janis Karpinski told El Pais.

The techniques allegedly approved by Rumsfeld in the document included disruption of prisoners' sleep and mealtimes, forcing them to listen to loud music or to stand for long periods.

Rumsfeld and other of his former superiors described Karpinski as a "coward," accusing her of dereliction of duty. Yet she was not personally responsible for interrogating prisoners, she said.

The methods used at Abu Ghraib were inspired by techniques used at the US military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said Karpinski.

Guantanamo commander General Geoffrey Miller was sent by the Pentagon in September 2003 to Iraq.

Karpinski, who was demoted from brigadier-general to colonel over the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, is supporting legal action being taken against Rumsfeld in Germany.

A human rights group in that country recently filed a lawsuit accusing the outgoing defence secretary and other senior US officials of war crimes over the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.

DPA

Subject: German news

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