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Wednesday, March 22

Once Again, the Low Hanging Fruit Gets Eaten

Another conviction in the Abu Ghraib debacle. Another conviction of an enlisted man.

Army Dog Handler Is Convicted in Detainee Abuse at Abu Ghraib

WASHINGTON, March 21 — An Army dog handler was found guilty Tuesday of tormenting detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraqwith his snarling Belgian shepherd for his own amusement.


A jury of four officers and three enlisted soldiers rejected Sergeant Smith's defense that he was simply following orders and using a barking dog to keep prisoners in line. The prosecution asserted that Sergeant Smith treated inmates at Abu Ghraib inhumanely in late 2003 and early 2004, a period during which photographs depicted prisoners naked and stacked in human pyramids, or leashed and crawling like dogs, with soldiers posing alongside them. One of the most notorious images was of Sergeant Smith holding his growling dog straining on its leash just inches from the face of a cowering orange-clad prisoner.

Rest of the story here.

Same shit, different day. We're never going to see a single officer be held responsible.

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