Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

Stephen A. Cambone


Both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times run articles on Steve Cambone, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence. Cambone testified this morning with Gen. Taguba, and I happened to see only some of the proceedings. It is clear that Cambone’s attempt to get tactical intelligence on the ground (as opposed to the more strategic and broader intelligence sought by the CIA) will be an issue in this attempt to get to the bottom of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. I excpect him to be on the hot seat because the question will be whether or not he instructed his people to be aggressive, and thereby leading prison guards to do what they did. At the moment, it looks as though the guards were acting on their own. Because of his close relationship to Rumsfeld, the purpose of his office, and the kind of infighting that goes on in Defense (and with the CIA), you can expect to hear more about him and from him in the coming weeks.

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