4,761. 3/15/2003

“…the State Department knew nothing of the new interrogation rules approved by [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld and had no confirmation of mistreatment until news stories in March 2003 revealed that two Afghans had been beaten to death while in U.S. custody. Although the military had initially reported that the men had died of natural causes at a U.S. ‘holding facility’ in Baghram, Afghanistan, death certificates given to their families had listed the cause as homicide. The military’s own autopsies described multiple internal and external ‘blunt force injuries.’ ” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Karen DeYoung, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell, Page 504

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