Pentagon hinders Abu Ghraib probe

Published July 2, 2004 5:55PM (EDT)

If the Pentagon higher-ups have nothing to hide in the Abu Ghraib investigation, why are they stonewalling?

"The Pentagon has provided many documents but others have not yet been handed over. For example, it has not given Congress copies of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reports related to Iraq - despite assurances from Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, two months ago that it would do so. Last week Mr Warner expressed his dismay at the Pentagon's lack of co-operation."

"'Congress must be given the tools, the reports with which to do its proper oversight,' he said. 'There's been a clear intent and desire to provide Congress such reports,' Larry Di Rita, Pentagon spokesman said yesterday. 'It's been a more challenging process than. . . I think anybody had an appreciation for.'"

"Another Pentagon official said the military needs to collect the reports from commanders in the field, which is a complicated process in a war zone. When asked why the Pentagon had not simply asked the ICRC to provide Congress with the reports directly, Mr Di Rita replied: 'I'll mark that down - I appreciate being educated.'"

By Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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