Defending the indefensible

May 16th, 2004 | by aobaoill |

I know they’re defence lawyers, but still:

Mr. Volzer, the lawyer for Specialist Ambuhl, said what took place at Abu Ghraib was intimidation, not torture. “I wouldn’t term it abuse,” he said.
In defending against the charge that Sergeant Davis stomped on a detainee’s feet, his lawyer, Mr. Bergrin, said he would make the case that the prisoner was not hurt.
“He may have stepped on the hands,” Mr. Bergrin said, “but there was no stomping, no broken bones.”

or this gem:

Then there is Sgt. Javal S. Davis. His lawyer, Paul Bergrin, accuses the government of abusing him by interrogating him for 20 sleepless hours right after he worked a 60-hour shift at Abu Ghraib.

And by now many people will have seen the third part of Hersh’s reportage on the torture scandal, in which he implicates Rumsfeld.

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