Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized that a detainee in Iraq be hidden from the International Red Cross inspectors at the request of the C.I.A according to a story by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker in Thursday's New York Times. Disappeared detainees are called "ghost detainees." The report continues, "...ghost detainees were hidden largely to prevent the International Committee of the Red Cross from monitoring their treatment, and to avoid disclosing their location to an enemy ..."
"Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, the Army offcer who in February investigated abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison, criticized the practice of allowing ghost detainees there and at other detention centers as 'deceptive, contrary to Army doctrine, and in violation of international law.' " . 06.18.04