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August 29, 2007

Abu Ghraib arrogance

by @ 12:13 pm. Filed under Military, Politics

A military jury recommended a reprimand Wednesday for the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal, sparing him any prison time for disobeying an order to keep silent about the abuse investigation.

The jury had acquitted Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan a day earlier of all three charges directly related to the mistreatment of detainees at the U.S.-run prison in Iraq.

Those acquittals absolved Jordan, 51, of responsibility for the actions of 11 lower-ranking soldiers who have already been convicted for their roles at Abu Ghraib.

In short this means that no officer has EVER been held at all accountable for the actions of the soldiers in this incident.

Which I can only assume means that there has been a complete breakdown of command structure in the armed forces, and that military personal no longer report their actions and activities to a superior officer. And that no officer was “in charge” of the prison at the time these events took place.

Either that, or someone at the top is doing their damnedest to make this all go away quietly. I suspect this is the case since the only thing this man was found guilty of was not keeping his mouth shut.

“The buck stops here” has become “the buck stops way down there”.

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