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First U.S. soldier convicted in Iraqi prison abuse scandal

The first U.S. soldier to be tried in connection with the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison was convicted Friday on five charges related to abusing Iraqi detainees. Will George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, their legal counsels such as Alberto Gonzales, and those directly below them in the military chain of command also face charges for torture and murder?
U.S. soldier convicted in Iraqi prison abuse scandal

Fri, 14 Jan 2005

FORT HOOD, TEXAS - The first U.S. soldier to be tried in connection with the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison was convicted Friday on five charges related to abusing Iraqi detainees.

Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of the guards involved in the prison abuse, faces up to 15 years behind bars.
U.S. Army Spc. Charles Graner (AP photo)

He faced 10 counts under five separate charges: assault, conspiracy, maltreatment of detainees, committing indecent acts and dereliction of duty. He was found guilty on all counts, except that one assault count was downgraded to battery.

During the five-day trial, the 36-year-old Pennsylvania reservist was accused of stacking naked prisoners in a human pyramid and later ordering them to masturbate while other soldiers took photographs.

He also allegedly punched one man in the head hard enough to knock him out, and struck an injured prisoner with a collapsible metal stick.

One Syrian prisoner characterized Graner as the "primary torturer," who whistled, sang and laughed while brutalizing him. He said he was forced to eat pork and drink alcohol in violation of his Muslim faith.

An Iraqi detainee said he was stripped by Graner and other Abu Ghraib guards, stacked up naked in a human pyramid while female soldiers watched, and later told to masturbate.

The defence had argued that Graner and other guards were following orders from intelligence agents at the prison and were told to use physical violence to prepare detainees for questioning.

Photos from the prison showing naked detainees posed in sexual positions, hooked to electrodes and tethered to a leash sparked international outrage.

 http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/01/14/ghraib050114.html

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SOMETHING HAPENED ON THE WAY TO THE COURT 15.Jan.2005 03:30

JD WALSH tendjoe@aol.com

I know I am missing something here, over 60% of AOL subscribers think that the conviction of Spc. Charles Granner was justified. I am willing to bet that the same 60% think that Alberto Gonzales should be confirmed as Att. General of the United States.

Something happened on the way to the court, the prisoners switch places; it is Gonzales who should be standing trial and not Granner. Charlie should have been given a few months in Abu Ghraib after we turn it over to the Iraqis, but Alberto the man who wrote the instructions on what is torture and what is not, should be in the big house testing his theories out with his cellmate. We are trying the wrong people, what the hell is going on here.

60% of Americans a just fucked up, that is it------just on meds or something, there is no hope for this country, we are just done.

The reporting of this case once again is shit, the defense team a bunch of idiots; I could have defended the jackass better than his attorneys. So, what's the story, did they cut a deal with the Convening Authority to lower the sentence when it is going to be reviewed in a few months or a year. There is something very weird about this case, watch and see what happens in the coming months with this and the rest of the court-marshals.