May 24, 2006 |
The abuse and sexual humiliation that occurred at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in 2003 and 2004 was the work of "corrupt cops" who acted for their own enjoyment and without the sanction of their commanders, according to the military's opening statement in the court-martial at Ft. Meade of a U.S. Army dog handler. Military prosecutor Maj. Matthew Miller said Sgt. Santos A.
September 24, 2005 |
A psychologist testified that Pvt. Lynndie England suffered from depression and that her mental condition, coupled with an overly compliant personality, made her a heedless participant in the abuse of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison. Xavier Amador, a clinical psychologist from New York, said England's soldier boyfriend, Charles Graner, was her "social accomplice" whom she relied upon without reservation to guide her behavior.
August 26, 2004 |
Military prosecutors on Wednesday dismissed three charges against a suspect in the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, significantly reducing the amount of jail time she could face if convicted. Two counts of cruelty and maltreatment and one of conspiracy had been added after the investigation of Spc. Megan Ambuhl was completed, a step that her lawyers argued was improper and could add three years of prison time. The prosecutor, Capt.
January 17, 2010 |
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.
September 28, 2004 |
Pfc. Lynndie R. England, the soldier seen in some of the most notorious photos with naked Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, will face a court-martial in January on charges of abusing detainees, the Army said Monday. The 21-year-old reservist will be tried on 13 counts of abuse and six counts of indecent acts, said Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, where the trial is scheduled for Jan. 17-28. England did not enter a plea when she was arraigned Friday.
May 23, 2006 |
A jury was chosen Monday in the court-martial of a military dog-handler charged with abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Sgt. Santos A. Cardona, 32, is accused of allowing his Belgian shepherd to bite a detainee on the leg badly enough to require stitches and of harassing and threatening another detainee in violation of military code. Defense attorney Harvey J. Volzer contends the aggressive use of dogs was sanctioned high up the chain of command.
June 23, 2004 |
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.
May 20, 2004 |
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 24, 2005 |
A military jury convicted two British servicemen Wednesday of involvement in abusing Iraqi civilians, after a monthlong court-martial at a British base in Germany. The panel of seven senior officers found Lance Cpl. Mark Cooley, 25, and Cpl. Daniel Kenyon, 33, guilty. A third defendant, Lance Cpl. Darren Larkin, 30, had pleaded guilty. Sentencing for all three was set for Friday.