Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib by Seymour M. Hersh

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By Seymour M. Hersh

Since September eleven, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush management -- along with his tales in The New Yorker, together with his leap forward items at the Abu Ghraib felony scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings jointly this reporting, in addition to new revelations, to respond to the severe query of the final 3 years: how did the US get from the transparent morning whilst hijackers crashed airplanes into the area alternate middle and the Pentagon to a divisive and soiled struggle in Iraq?

Hersh demonstrated himself on the leading edge of investigative journalism thirty-five years in the past whilst he broke the inside track of the bloodbath at My Lai, Vietnam, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize. Ever seeing that, he's challenged America's strength elite by way of publishing the tales that others can't, or won't, inform. In exposés on topics starting from Saudi corruption to nuclear black marketeers and -- months sooner than different newshounds -- the White House's fake claims approximately guns of mass destruction, Hersh has cemented his popularity because the necessary reporter of our time.

In Chain of Command, Hersh takes an unflinching glance at the back of the general public tale of President Bush's "war on terror" and into the lies and obsessions that led the USA into Iraq. He unearths the connections among early missteps in search of Al Qaeda and mess ups at the floor in Iraq. The ebook features a new account of Hersh's pursuit of the Abu Ghraib tale and of the place, he believes, accountability for the scandal eventually lies. Hersh attracts on assets on the maximum degrees of the yank executive and intelligence group, in overseas capitals, and at the battlefield for an extraordinary view of a very important bankruptcy in America's contemporary heritage. With an creation by means of The New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an management blinded via ideology and of a President whose judgements have made the realm a extra harmful position for America.

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Asked how a commander at Abu Ghraib had come to believe that there was authorization, the three-star general passed the buck. “You’d have to ask the commander,” Sanchez told a senator. Two months later, however, USA Today reported that it had obtained classified documents showing that Sanchez had issued orders the previous fall authorizing military interrogators to use dogs at their own discretion, without his prior approval. Sanchez’s order required the dogs to be muzzled and in control of a handler when in interrogation rooms but put no restrictions on the use of dogs in other settings.

You’ve received training on that, but my soldiers don’t know how to do it. I. ” “It’s all about people. s at Abu Ghraib were failed by their commanders—both low-ranking and high,” the captain said. “The system is broken—no doubt about it. ” In his report, Taguba singled out only three military men for praise. One of them, Master-at-Arms William J. ” In the week after the scandal broke, I was given a second set of digital photographs, which had been in the possession of a member of the 320th. The reservist had returned home from a tour of duty at Abu Ghraib in the spring of 2003, inexplicably sullen and withdrawn.

Everything was fine,” one of the senators told me, with a shrug, adding that he and his colleagues were forbidden to talk to any prisoners and thus were unable to come to an independent judgment. One of the Marines assigned to guard duty at Guantánamo in 2003, who has since left the military, told me, after being promised anonymity, that he and his enlisted colleagues at the base were encouraged by their squad leaders to “give the prisoners a visit” one or two times a month, when there were no television crews, journalists, or other outside visitors at the prison.

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