Further Evidence Israelis Were Involved in Prisoner Torture
According to the BBC and The Santa Clarita Signal in interviewing Janis Karpinski, Israeli intelligence agents were involved in interrogating and torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
According to the BBC and The Santa Clarita Signal in interviewing Janis Karpinski, Israeli intelligence agents were involved in interrogating and torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Mossad has a long history of human rights abuses against Palestinian detainees, so this confirmation by a high ranking military officer of Israeli involvement comes as no surprise.
The Signals interview is particularly detailed as to Karpinski’s role and she implicates Rumsfeld further in approving torture:
Signal: Last week the Pentagon released memos showing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved particular interrogation techniques for use at Guantanamo Bay. To your knowledge, are there documents showing he also approved particular interrogation techniques for Abu Ghraib?
Karpinski: I did not see it personally, but since all of this has come out, I’ve not only seen, but I’ve been asked about some of those documents, that he signed and agreed to.
Signal: About Abu Ghraib?
Karpinski: Yes. About using the same techniques that were successful in Guantanamo Bay, at Abu Ghraib.
Signal: Those documents have not been released yet.
Signal: What can you characterize about them?
Karpinski: I know that Col. Pappas, on three occasions, sent a request to Gen. Sanchez to escalate their interrogations, and that involved using — and he lists them. And in one case he said they wanted to use dogs, and they wanted to increase the length of time that they could be isolated, food deprivation, that kind of — sleep deprivation. And in at least two of those cases, there is a signature of approval from Gen. Sanchez.
Signal: And you’ve seen these documents.
Karpinski: Yes, I have.