Return of Abu Ghraib

Remember Gen. Geoffrey Miller? He used to be in charge of Guantanamo. He was widely disrespected by military intelligence folks at Gitmo because he was an infantry officer who had little or no intelligence experience. Yet, there he was. Implementing such brilliant tactics as the use of dogs to threaten prisoners.

His work done there, Miller was shuffled on to Abu Ghraib to reform intelligence-gathering -- Guantanamo-style. He was a raving success at transferring techniques as evidenced by the Abu Ghraib photos. So, following the preceding logic, he was promoted again. Miller is currently a senior official at the Pentagon, in charge of managing Army installations.

Not the kind of guy who seems to have much to worry about, despite the obvious wrongdoing. And yet, he might still have the fear of God (er, more accurately, prison) in him. Today, the WaPo reports that Miller "invoked his right not to incriminate himself in court-martial proceedings against two soldiers accused of using dogs to intimidate captives at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq."

Eugene Fidell, military law expert, says that this is "consistent with his being concerned that he may have some exposure to worry about. It's very unusual for senior officers to invoke their Article 31 rights. The culture in the military tends to encourage cooperation."

Hunh. Might this have something to do with the fact that Miller just found out that Col. Thomas M. Pappas, commanding officer of Abu Ghraib accepted immunity from prosecution, "and was ordered to testify at upcoming courts-martial" where he "could be asked to detail high-level policies relating to the treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib." That might point right to Miller.

It's likely that nothing big will come of this. But it's still nice to see people who think they're above the law quake a little in their boots.


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