As usual, Billmon is pouring only the finest at the Whiskey Bar and points us to a quite disturbing excerpt concerning 'ghost detainees' from Gen. Taguba's report on Abu Ghraib prison:
The various detention facilities operated by the 800th MP Brigade have routinely held persons brought to them by Other Government Agencies (OGAs) without accounting for them, knowing their identities, or even the reason for their detention. The Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center (JIDC) at Abu Ghraib called these detainees “ghost detainees.”He also points out that at least the LA Times caught the graph as well.
On at least one occasion, the 320th MP Battalion at Abu Ghraib held a handful of “ghost detainees” (6-8) for OGAs that they moved around within the facility to hide them from a visiting International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) survey team. This maneuver was deceptive, contrary to Army Doctrine, and in violation of international law. (Findings and Recommendations, Part II, No. 33)
One doesn't need a vivid imagination to envision the 'reasons' for a ghost detainee program.