1 ASIA legacy lives On

1 ASIA legacy lives On

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The night was grand, poignant and historic as more than 500 leaders of the Asian Pacific Islander community and friends gathered to honor achievement in 14 categories and bestow Special Recognition on a man who defines the John F. Kennedy phrase “profile in courage.” Former Major General Antonio Taguba, the guest of honor at the Sixth Annual Asian Heritage Awards, told the gala gathering aboard the USS Midway in San Diego at the end of July how he was just doing his job and was not looking for any notoriety, yet was forced to retire by officials of the Bush Administration after his report of conditions at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, as outlined in his report, were leaked to the media. Taguba, who subsequently asked to testify before Congress, told the Awards audience that he was “humbled” by the experience that night aboard the Midway and shared his background as a soldier with them. Taguba said any decision on interest in pursuing the issue of prisoner mistreatment should be left up to the Obama Admninistration. Taguba, who received a standing ovation from the audience, which included representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, was also presented with a 14-carat gold pin symbolizing Asian achievement. San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who introduced Taguba, made the presentation. Earlier, before the ceremony, Taguba told reporters that he investigated conditions at Abu Ghraib out of a sense of duty and not because of political motivation. In a preface to a report by the Physicians for Human Rights in June of last year, the general did write: “There is no longer any doubt that the current (Bush) administration committed war crimes. The only question is whether those who ordered torture will be held to account.” Officials of the Obama Administration have not given any indication that they will pursue any further investigation. antonio taguba, Arturo Nisperos, asian americans, Asian Business Association, asian heritage awards, Asian Media, brian tom len, Casey Tanaka, charmaine clamor, house of china, Jerrilyn Malana, jessica chang, Kim Nguyen Zastrow, Leonard Navarro, marcella lee, maria gee, myles esmele, Otto Lee, pacific islanders, pacific rim parks, quang pham, Rosalynn Carmen, tess mauricio, Uncategorized, USS Midway Education - Otto Lee Business - Asian Business Association of San Diego Entrepreneurship - Kim Nguyen Zastrow Legal affairs - Jerrilyn Malana Science and technology - Arturo Nisperos Government - Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka Health and medicine - Dr. Tess Mauricio Media and film - Maria Gee Visual arts and literature - Quang Pham Cultural preservation - House of China Performing arts - Charmaine Clamor Military - Capt. Myles Esmele Humanitarian outreach - Pacific Rim Parks Community service - Brian Tom Len

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