Europe Shames U.S. Congress

CIA war crimes in Europe are now under official investigation there, but not here

"These cases involve more than 600 U.S. personnel and over 460 detainees. . . . These numbers are conservative. . . . Only 54 military personnel—a fraction of the more than 600 U.S. personnel implicated in detainee abuse cases—are known to have been convicted by court-martial. . . . Many sentences have been for less than a year, even in cases involving serious abuse."

A crucial finding: "No U.S. military [superior] officer has been found accountable for criminal acts committed by subordinates under the doctrine of command responsibility [that] a superior is responsible for the criminal acts of subordinates if the superior knew or should have known that the crimes were being committed and failed to take steps to prevent them or to punish the perpetrators."

photo: Tech. Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby, U.S. Air Force

At the top of the United States chain of command is the commander in chief, the president. Homicides, as this report documents, have been committed on his watch.

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