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June 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
A U.S. military court judge Tuesday rejected a motion that sought a new Article 32 investigation into allegations that Staff Sgt. Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick II abused inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison. Ordering a new Article 32 investigation, the military equivalent of a grand jury inquiry, would have been tantamount to dropping the charges against Frederick, one of seven soldiers accused in the scandal. The judge, Col. James Pohl, rejected the motion during a pretrial hearing Tuesday.
June 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A military jury sentenced an Army dog handler to 90 days' hard labor and a reduction in rank Friday for allowing his Belgian shepherd to bark within inches of an Iraqi detainee's face at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Army Sgt. Santos A. Cardona of Fullerton, Calif., was the 11th soldier convicted of crimes stemming from the abuse of inmates at the prison in late 2003 and early 2004.
May 20, 2004 | Esther Schrader, Times Staff Writer
The top U.S. military commander in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday that a lack of clear rules from the highest levels of his command may have created the climate for abuses at Abu Ghraib prison. It was the U.S. military's most explicit acknowledgment to date that command failures may have contributed to conditions giving rise to the abuse of Iraqi detainees. Since the scandal broke last month, the Bush administration has blamed the abuse on a small number of rogue prison guards.
February 5, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sgt. Javal S. Davis, who admitted abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in late 2003, was sentenced Friday to six months in a military prison and given a bad-conduct discharge from the Army. A nine-man military jury deliberated for about 5 1/2 hours to determine the punishment for Davis, a former Abu Ghraib guard who confessed this week to stepping on the hands and feet of a group of handcuffed detainees and falling with his full weight on top of them.
May 17, 2004
One would hope that the civilized world would be far removed from the Wild West. The recent pictures taken at the Abu Ghraib prison tell a different story -- a godless and disheartening tale. The entrusted leaders of our nation have once more failed in their pursuit of "democracy," a term often used but hardly practiced. Violence begets violence, and we are paying the price. Should we wait any longer in Iraq for welcoming roses? Zorik Mooradian Glendale Several U.S. officials are urging the Bush administration to dismantle the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad.
January 17, 2010 | By Steve Almond
The Ticking Is the Bomb A Memoir Nick Flynn W.W. Norton: 290 pp., $24.95 What does it mean that America tortures? That we simulate drowning prisoners, deprive them of sleep, shock them with electricity and sexually humiliate them? This is the question that haunts Nick Flynn's devastating new book. "The Ticking Is the Bomb" takes the same rough form as his celebrated memoir, "Another . . . Night in . . . City." It's a series of vignettes and lyric meditations. This time around, though, Flynn elegantly weaves his turbulent personal biography with the myths and realities of our recent imperial adventures.
May 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
Defense lawyers sought leniency for Pfc. Lynndie R. England at a hearing Tuesday to determine her punishment in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, with a psychologist testifying that the reservist was oxygen-deprived at birth, speech-impaired and had trouble learning to read. West Virginia school psychologist Thomas Denne -- the first defense witness -- said England's learning disabilities were identified when she was in kindergarten.
January 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Word that a U.S. Army reservist was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for physically and sexually abusing Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison drew scorn Sunday from Iraqis who thought he should have been tried here and punished with death. Iraq's interim government had no official reaction, but a handful of ordinary Iraqis interviewed in Baghdad said the trial brought no justice. Abdul-Razak Abdul-Fattah, a 65-year-old retired army officer, said he was shocked to see TV footage of Army Spc.
May 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
The U.S. military on Friday released 454 Iraqis from the Abu Ghraib prison, the center of a scandal involving American mistreatment of detainees. A convoy of at least six buses, accompanied by U.S. troops in armored vehicles and jeeps, took the prisoners from the facility on Baghdad's western outskirts to Tikrit and Baqubah, north of the capital. Some also were returned to Ramadi and Baghdad. Early today, the military announced that a roadside bomb had killed one U.S.
May 8, 2004
Re "Contractors Fall Through Legal Cracks," May 4: So, the Pentagon is supposedly searching for a means to prosecute civilians in the abuse of Iraqis? Hogwash! The Pentagon has the authority and the means -- just not the integrity and moral courage to prosecute them. If Pentagon officials have the authority to arrest Iraqi civilians for alleged crimes (and the Abu Ghraib prison is full of such Iraqis), then they have the authority to arrest any civilian in Iraq who commits a crime. Seems to me that what the Pentagon is really searching for is a means to prosecute its civilian contractors without revealing its own direct complicity in the crimes.
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