Papirer som viser at tjenestemenn på høyt nivå har hatt befatning med tortur av fanger er havnet hos journalister og kan ventes offentliggjort denne uken, skriver Daily Telegraph.

Pentagon innser at torturen ikke kan begrenses til Abu Ghraib og sju soldater på. Det går både høyere og favner mye bredere. Det hvite hus har opprettet en gruppe som skal forsøke å begrense virkningene på valgkampen.

The Telegraph understands that four confidential Red Cross documents implicating senior Pentagon civilians in the Abu Ghraib scandal have been passed to an American television network, which is preparing to make them public shortly.

«There are some extremely damaging documents around, which link senior figures to the abuses,» said Scott Horton, the former chairman of the New York Bar Association, who has been advising Pentagon lawyers unhappy at the administration’s approach. «The biggest bombs in this case have yet to be dropped.»

Kongressen har bedt om å få oversendt all korrespondanse om bruk av tortur, men Det hvite hus nekter.

Som vanlig er det kilder innen systemet som er villig til å sette ting i perspektiv:

«It’s now clear to everyone that there was a debate in the administration about how far interrogators could go,» said a legal adviser to the Pentagon. «And the answer they came up with was ‘pretty far’. Now that it’s in the open, the administration is having to change that answer somewhat.»

Øverstkommanderende i Irak, general Sanchez, er allerede implisert:

In the latest revelation, yesterday’s Washington Post published leaked documents revealing that Gen Ricardo Sanchez, the senior US officer in Iraq, approved the use of dogs, temperature extremes, reversed sleep patterns and sensory deprivation for prisoners whenever senior officials at the Abu Ghraib jail wished. A memo dated October 9, 2003 on «Interrogation Rules of Engagement», which each military intelligence officer was obliged to sign, set out in detail the wide range of pressure tactics they could use – including stress positions and solitary confinement for more than 30 days.

Interrogation abuses were ‘approved at highest levels’
By Julian Coman in Washington
(Filed: 13/06/2004)