05/19/2004: During my career as a lawyer....
I learned one lesson, and learned it well: when a client starts trying to hide something, it means that the client has something to hide, and it usually corresponds with some very guilty knowledge on her/his part. So when I read this in the New York Times, I doubt that it bodes good for highers up in the chain of command: Officer Says Army Tried to Curb Red Cross Visits to Prison in Iraq
Army officials in Iraq responded late last year to a Red Cross report of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison by trying to curtail the international agency's spot inspections of the prison, a senior Army officer who served in Iraq said Tuesday.Jeez. I really have to wonder who had the brain spasm here, thinking that they could really hide this kind of thing for long.
After the International Committee of the Red Cross observed abuses in one cellblock on two unannounced inspections in October and complained in writing on Nov. 6, the military responded that inspectors should make appointments before visiting the cellblock. That area was the site of the worst abuses.
Len on 05.19.04 @ 08:01 PM CST