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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A profile in courage: Captain Ian Fishback.

For the past year-and-change, Captain Ian Fishback, an officer with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army, has been troubled by two things: the treatment of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the buck-passing going on in among the Brass whom Capt. Fishback had been repeatedly sending reports to in a vain attempt to make someone, anyone, aware of what was going on.

He finally had enough, and contacted the independent non-Governmental Organization Human Rights Watch and several (mostly Republican) members of Congress about the abuses he had seen. Now the Brass are being forced to sit up and take notice of Fishback's concerns.

It is only a matter of time before Capt. Fishback gets the full swift-boating treatment by the torture-loving extreme Right. I wouldn't be surprised if he also gets brought up on trumped-up charges. However, he is ready for whatever they dish out: "A lot of men I hold a great deal of respect for are going to hate me right now."

Well, some people now hold a great deal of respect for you, Capt. Fishback.