Abu Ghraib officer draws reprimand

The only officer convicted of charges in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal has received the minimum penalty from a military jury, a reprimand, reports David Dishneau for The Washington Times:

The sentence was the lowest punishment the jury could have ordered for the offense, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

It capped the court-martial of the only officer charged in the scandal that erupted with the release of pictures of grinning U.S. soldiers posing with detainees, some naked, being held on leashes or in painful and sexually humiliating positions. Col. Jordan, 51, didn’t appear in the inflammatory photos, but he was accused of fostering a climate conducive to abuse as director of the prison’s interrogation center.

The sentence followed a split verdict Tuesday in which the jury acquitted the reservist from Fredericksburg, Va., of charges that he failed to supervise 11 lower-ranking soldiers previously convicted for their roles at Abu Ghraib.

Read the whole story at the above link. He was convicted of disobeying an order to keep silent about the investigation, not any charge related to the abuse. For all the media hype and insistence the incidents stemmed from a command structure, no credible evidence ever supported that claim.

So far, a much higher percentage of Hillary Clinton donors have violated campaign finance laws than have Americans in Iraq abused prisoners.

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