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By Seymour M. Hersh

Since September eleven, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush management -- along with his tales in The New Yorker, together with his leap forward items at the Abu Ghraib legal scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings jointly this reporting, besides new revelations, to respond to the severe query of the final 3 years: how did the USA get from the transparent morning while hijackers crashed airplanes into the area exchange middle and the Pentagon to a divisive and soiled warfare in Iraq?

Hersh validated himself on the leading edge of investigative journalism thirty-five years in the past whilst he broke the inside track of the bloodbath at My Lai, Vietnam, for which he gained a Pulitzer Prize. Ever seeing that, he's challenged America's energy elite via publishing the tales that others can't, or won't, inform. In exposés on matters starting from Saudi corruption to nuclear black marketeers and -- months sooner than different reporters -- the White House's fake claims approximately guns of mass destruction, Hersh has cemented his recognition because the necessary reporter of our time.

In Chain of Command, Hersh takes an unflinching glance at the back of the general public tale of President Bush's "war on terror" and into the lies and obsessions that led the US into Iraq. He finds the connections among early missteps searching for Al Qaeda and mess ups at the flooring in Iraq. The ebook contains a new account of Hersh's pursuit of the Abu Ghraib tale and of the place, he believes, accountability for the scandal finally lies. Hersh attracts on resources on the optimum degrees of the yank govt and intelligence neighborhood, in international capitals, and at the battlefield for an exceptional view of a vital bankruptcy in America's contemporary historical past. With an advent by way of The New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an management blinded via ideology and of a President whose judgements have made the realm a extra risky position for America.

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Rumsfeld, who was by then publicly and privately encouraging his soldiers in the field to get tough with captured prisoners, duly showed up, but he had surprisingly little to say. ” Rumsfeld seemed to be in total agreement, and Gordon and his supporters left the meeting convinced, the former Administration official told me, that the Pentagon was going to deal with the issue. Rice then called another White House meeting on the problems at Guantánamo. The Bush Administration’s principals—Cabinet members and senior aides involved in military, intelligence, and national security affairs—were told to take part.

As far as day-to-day life for prisoners at Guantánamo was concerned, nothing came of it. I. to interview for a job. The officers running Guantánamo were violating the Geneva Conventions and the federal anti-torture statute, the lawyer told his interviewers. He explained that he and a colleague, also a lawyer, had written a detailed memorandum to the senior officers at Guantánamo, but they had received no response. They were urged to take their complaints to the lawyers in the Pentagon. Once again, nothing came of it, the intelligence official told me.

After the hearing, the presiding investigative officer ruled that there was sufficient evidence to convene a court-martial against Frederick. Myers, who was one of the military defense attorneys in the My 28 CHAIN OF COMMAND Lai prosecutions of the 1970s, told me in an interview in April 2004 that his client’s defense would be that he was carrying out the orders of his superiors and, in particular, the directions of military intelligence. “I’m going to drag every involved intelligence officer and civilian contractor I can find into court,” he said.

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