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U.S. Army Officer Cleared in Abu Ghraib Case

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Posted on Jan 12, 2008

The disgrace brought on the U.S. by members of the military who participated in the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison will likely linger for some time, but one of the key Army figures involved in the case, Lt. Col. Steven Jordan (pictured), has been cleared of any serious charges from the 2003 scandal.


After a week-long court martial in August, Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jordan, 51, who oversaw the Abu Ghraib interrogations centre from September to December 2003, was acquitted of the most serious charges of mistreating prisoners and dereliction of duty.

He walked free with just a fine and a judicial reprimand for disobeying an order not to discuss the scandal with any colleague.

On Tuesday, however, General Richard Rowe, commanding general of the US Army Military District of Washington, who headed the court martial of Jordan, “disapproved the guilty finding and the sentence,” an Army statement said.

“In light of the nature of the offence Jordan had been found guilty of committing and the substantial evidence in mitigation presented at trial and in post-trial matters submitted by defence counsel, Rowe determined that an administrative reprimand was a fair and appropriate disposition of the matter,” it added.

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By MikeL, January 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment
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The Officer Corp of the US Military has a long History of not taking Responsabilty for things that go wrong but love to take credit for good things even if Yhey have nothing to do with it. Much like most Politicians. Anybody Who has ever been in the Military knows that an incident such as Abu Ghrab didn’t happen without Officers knowing about it. Some Private from West Virginia didn’t dream up what went on There. When I was in the Army in the 50’s the game was always plausable deniable for the Officers but poor old G.I. Grunt got nailed if things went wrong. Things haven’t changed. These Guys aren’t Leaders with interest in Their Troops, There Cowards looking out for Themselves.

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By Frank Cajon, January 13, 2008 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

It should surprise no one that this bastard is being quietly allowed to walk. The wonder is that he wasn’t given a medal for meritorious service by Bush/Cheney Reich. The fact that at least two prisoners were beaten to death and others of both sexes raped with bayonettes, given shocks on their genitals and other such behavior is going to fade from memory and the handful of officers that got disciplined were only the tip of the iceberg that included Rumsfeld and his commandant Herr Bush. Forget international law and the Geneva accords, they were shredded with the Bill of Rights when the Chancellor took command. Why all the bother about waterboarding when bayonette raping is a tried and true method of interrogation?

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By Tony, January 13, 2008 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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He looks like such a nice man too.

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By The Big Raven, January 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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Give me any ammount of time to water board this criminal and I will have him telling us how he brought down building numba 7 next to the world trade center cover-up.
america the ugly bringing peace and love to the world.hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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By Expat, January 13, 2008 at 3:20 am Link to this comment

Only in our sweetest dreams was maent for you Cyrena.

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By Expat, January 13, 2008 at 3:19 am Link to this comment

But as you say, we can hope.

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By A Khokar, January 12, 2008 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment

A couplet:
*It is all yours; your own court; do the judgment they way you may like.

*But the Divine super power; the Absolute Power above, has its final say

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By cyrena, January 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment

Yep, it IS a pity Expat, and it really, really does nobody any good.

We know what the charges and penalties would be, because these are the highest of crimes. Crimes against humanity are the highest of crimes. War crimes are right up there with them.

TORTURE is the highest of them all. That’s why they’ll never get to The Hague.

In reality of course, it is the Dick Bush Cabal that should be tried at The Hague, and maybe with a miracle, that can in fact happen.

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By QuyTran, January 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

Bush/Cheney will be cleared all charges in the future. A huge dirtiest spot engraved in the face of American people !

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By GW=MCHammered, January 12, 2008 at 10:52 am Link to this comment
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Don’t you just love living in a free, democratic, Christian nation? Unaccountability-Immorality is our slogan. Teach your children well!

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By Hammo, January 12, 2008 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

It is going to be quite a challenge for the US military to recuperate from the way it has been used during the Bush-Cheney administration. More on this in the article ...

“U.S. global peace officer or corrupt cop? ‘Peace operations’ explored”
December 20, 2007

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By Conservative Yankee, January 12, 2008 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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It’s an old trick used by criminal lawyers in courts across the USA.  Ask for continuances, as long as the judge will allow, and hope some huge distractor will emerge so you can quietly get your client off and out without public outcry… In this case one didn’t even have to hope for an eclipsing event…. as they were already scheduled.

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By Expat, January 12, 2008 at 6:31 am Link to this comment

I would be curious to know what the charges and penalties would be if these crimes were tried in The Hague?  But then we’ll never know.  Pity.

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