The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of "leveraging" their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show.Remember when wives were considered 'non-combatants'?
In one case, a secretive task force locked up the young mother of a nursing baby, a U.S. intelligence officer reported. In the case of a second detainee, one American colonel suggested to another that they catch her husband by tacking a note to the family's door telling him "to come get his wife."
The issue of female detentions in Iraq has taken on a higher profile since kidnappers seized American journalist Jill Carroll on Jan. 7 and threatened to kill her unless all Iraqi women detainees are freed.
[ cf Yahoo News ]
Ah yes, those kinder gentler days when it was acceptable merely to make them collateral damage....
Clearly we are making progress in the new era of post-911 moving away from any obligations of law, at home or abroad.
Remember back when the good guys were not the ones taking hostages.....