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Thursday, May 20, 2004

First Sentence in Abu Ghraib Abuse

Jeremy Sivits has been given a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge. He will also be testify against others who are accused in the case. If there is a silver lining to this horrible situation it is that we have a chance to show the Iraqis and the rest of the world how a system based upon rule of law, rather than rule of a tyrant works. This means that the investigation needs to go as far up the chain of command as is warranted by the facts. Conversely, going up farther than is warranted should not happen. I have faith that the military will investigate this fully and act appropriately but I will be watching and add my voice to the criticism if they do not. This statement from Gen. Sanchez adds to my trust in the military (full article here)

Within hours of Sivits' court-martial, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the senior U.S. commander in Iraq, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington that abuse of prisoners in Iraq will be investigated thoroughly up the chain of command, "and that includes me."


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