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  • Petraeus Backs Closing Gitmo

    05/28/2009 6:27:52 AM PDT · by ksen · 119 replies · 7,773+ views ^ | 5/27/08
    PRAGUE -- The head of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, has told RFE/RL he thinks that "on balance" the expected closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and abandonment of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques will "help" U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the struggle against transnational extremist violence.
  • Lessons Learned at Abu Ghraib Drive Current Detainee Policies

    06/02/2008 6:05:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 183+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 2, 2008 – Four years ago, Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison was center-stage amid allegations of detainee abuse, and coalition forces suddenly cast as conquerors instead of liberators, losing the trust of the Iraqi people. Video Conscientious decisions and new detainee programs have helped the coalition turn the corner on the road to regaining that lost trust, Multinational Force Iraq’s commander of detainee operations said yesterday in a Baghdad news conference. “Today, we are still trying to regain that trust, and I want to tell you once again there was no justification for what happened at Abu Ghraib,”...