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.

Read more

Wait, before you go…

If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.

Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.

Support Truthdig