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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 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
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 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
An Army reservist who appeared in several of the most infamous abuse photos taken by guards at Abu Ghraib prison was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison for her role in the scandal that stained the U.S. military's image at home and abroad. The sentence for Spc. Sabrina Harman came a day after she was convicted on six of the seven counts she faced for mistreating detainees at the lockup near Baghdad in late 2003.
September 25, 2009 | Ned Parker and Saif Hameed
In a daring escape, 16 prisoners, five of them awaiting execution, apparently crawled through a window of an Iraqi jail before fanning out in different directions, police and local officials said Thursday. The escape in the northern town of Tikrit, which raised concerns about corruption within security forces, resulted in a curfew in the birthplace of the late dictator Saddam Hussein, as authorities hunted for the men. At least two of the fugitives were later captured, one at a checkpoint in Tikrit and another elsewhere in Salahuddin province, outside Samarra, the provincial capital, police said.
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