According to a Red Cross Report disclosed today: ...coalition intelligence officers estimated that 70-90 percent of Iraqi detainees were arrested by mistake and said Red Cross observers witnessed U.S. officers mistreating Abu Ghraib prisoners by keeping them naked in total darkness in empty cells. The report...supports its allegations that abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers was broad and "not individual acts" -- contrary to President Bush's contention that the mistreatment "was the wrongdoing of a few." The report said "high-value detainees" were singled out for special mistreatment. The report did not specify them, but The Associated Press has learned they included some of the 55 top officials in Saddam Hussein's regime who were named in a deck of cards given to troops. "Since June 2003, over 100 'high-value detainees' have been held for nearly 23 hours a day in strict solitary confinement in small concrete cells devoid of daylight," the report said. "ICRC delegates directly witnessed and documented a variety of methods used to secure the cooperation of the persons deprived of their liberty with their interrogators," according to the confidential report. Meanwhile, what does the Commander-in-Chief have to say? You are courageously leading our nation in the war against terror," Mr. Bush said after meeting at the Pentagon with Mr. Rumsfeld, who stood by his side during the president's remarks. "You're doing a superb job. You are a strong secretary of defense and our nation owes you a debt of gratitude."


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