So, we’ve got Special Forces units in Afghanistan engaged in abuses similar in scope and magnitude to those at Abu Ghraib. And we’ve got the same tactics employed by a military intel battalion there too. So that’s one or two other Abu Ghraibs in Afghanistan.
Do we even know how extensive the American gulag was/is, let alone how far the abuses went? It appears that we’re still trying to figure out how many prisoners were tortured to death in various places.
Whatever the culpability of the actual soldiers and intel operatives involved, such widespread abuses scream “systemic problem.” The ‘bad apples’ were at the top. You can’t institute policies calling for a great deal of ‘torture-lite’, for lack of a better term, then fail to institute any safeguards to make sure torture-lite didh’t cross the line into torture (like making sure those ultimately carrying out the policy knew prisoners’ rights, and their own, under the Geneva Convention) finally putting a great deal of pressure on people to get more results, without getting exactly what we got here.