late February, the Pentagon has been in possession
of a report produced by Major General Antonio
M. Taguba that details the abuse of Iraqis incarcerated
in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.  Months later,
despite knowing of the 53-page report's existence,
top administration officials responsible for the
military still have not read the document.
House officials told the Los Angeles Times that
"the abuse of Iraqi prisoners sparked so much
concern that President Bush was told about an
investigation during the winter holidays." 
But White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan
tried to insulate the President from criticism
by suggesting that the President was surprised
by the report's findings. McClellan told reporters
yesterday that Bush "only become aware of the
photographs and the Pentagon's main internal report
about the incidents from news reports last week."
 Yet President Bush still has not read the
weeks before the press reported the story of the
Abu Ghraib report, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff Richard B. Myers knew enough about it
to call Dan Rather and ask him to delay airing
the story.  Yet, as of this Tuesday, Myers
still hadn't read the report. Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday that he had merely
"seen a summary."
1. "Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military
Police Brigade by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba",
2. "Accountability at Issue in Abuse of Prisoners",
LA Times, 5/5/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=33097.
3. "White House and Pentagon Scurry to Draft Responses",
New York Times, 5/5/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=33098.
4. "CBS delayed airing abuse story for two weeks",
AP, 5/3/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=33099.
Posted: May 7, 2004