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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Interesting bits on Abu Ghraib

The US released 1,000 people from Abu Ghraib, I'm assuming as part of the negotiations on the charter/constitution(this wording thing still hasn't cleared up,) and in the story there were these interesting little bits.

U.S. military officials say detainees sent to Abu Ghraib typically spend six months to a year in custody before a decision is made in Iraqi courts on whether to prosecute them.

U.S. military lawyers in Baghdad estimate that 80 to 85 percent of those arrested by U.S. forces are released without being convicted.

Also of curiousity to me, after some badgering by the press corp, Trent Duffy, McClellan's stand-in while he gets away from Crawford for awhile, admitted that Bush himself called one of the Shiite leaders to try to get them to reopen negotiations. Since I read this, I've been wondering about the tone of that call. Threatening, cajoling, bartering, begging? Just don't know.

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