November 20th, 2009
02:55 PM ET

Army general defends rules for detainees

Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost
CNN Special Investigations Unit

The military released 77,000 of about 87,000 detainees locked up during the Iraq war because there was not enough evidence to hold them, CNN has learned.

"In most cases, if we don't have anything, eventually they'll be released," said Brig. Gen. David Quantock, who oversees detainee operations in Iraq.

Quantock said "many cases are driven purely on intelligence."

"Intelligence does not win a fight in a courtroom. It doesn't win the fight in a courtroom in the United States. It doesn't win in Iraq."

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  1. Tim Gibson

    Still, the problem with Iraq was one that was created by our past president and by our congress including house speaker Pelosi in false information to invade Iraq and "liberate" the people.

    Those images alone were a wow monent, all bundled into what are we doing, what are we doing?

    Intelligence should tell each of us, when you are attacked without provaction you do fight back, it is human nature, it is what war is. Do we detain each individual who does not agree with US intervention into their political climate just because we could, as well as all those who came to fight against the illegal invasion of Iraq and the continued conflict we created in the region.

    But what do I know right, I have never been a general, a congress person, or any other agent of leadership. I am just an average person who supports our military but not the war.

    November 20, 2009 at 11:44 am |