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Today’s Independent on Sunday is on the stands in Britain with high-profile coverage of a growing scandal relating to the torture and mistreatment of prisoners in and around Basra, with many accounts dating back to the early days of the occupation. Many in the British Ministry of Defence acknowledge that there is and was a serious problem, and they place the origin of the problem clearly on the Americans. “With the Yanks using the practices that Rumsfeld okayed and our detention facilities being coordinated, there was simply no way to stop the spread of this cancer,” one told me. “In future cooperation with American forces, it will obviously be a problem for us. In fact, it will lead many to argue against cooperation.”
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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