Report Says Military Leaders Didn’t Order Prison Abuse

This is hardly shocking news, but a probe into prisoner abuse found no basis for claims that interrogators were acting on orders from their commanders.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top commanders in Iraq put intense pressure on interrogators to extract useful intelligence information from prisoners, yet that does not explain the sexual humiliation and other abuse of prisoners under U.S. control, an investigation has concluded.

The report by Navy Vice Adm. Albert T. Church said the pressure was not excessive. The investigation could find no “single, overarching reason” why prisoners under U.S. control were abused at the Abu Ghraib prison complex in fall 2003 and elsewhere in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Command pressure for more intelligence was to be expected in a battlefield setting, Church wrote.

“We found no evidence, however, that interrogators in Iraq believed that any pressure for intelligence subverted their obligation to treat detainees humanely,” he wrote in a summary of his findings.Interestingly the review was completed last summer and wasn’t publicly released.

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