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Torture, rendition, and other abuses against captives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere

 
  

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July 27, 2003

       The Pentagon announces that four US soldiers from a Pennsylvania-based Army Reserve have been charged with punching, kicking, and breaking the bones of Iraqi captives at Camp Bucca near Umm Qasr in connection with the May 12 incident (see May 12, 2003). This is the first known case where US soldiers are charged for alleged illegal treatment toward prisoners of war. [Associated Press, 7/27/2003] By January 2004, the soldiers will have all been discharged after Brig. Gen. Ennis Whitehead III determines that they had kicked prisoners or encouraged others to do so. [Associated Press, 1/16/2004; Associated Press, 11/25/2003]
People and organizations involved: Ennis Whitehead III
          

December 12, 2003

       A battalion commander in Iraq is fined $5,000 for firing his pistol near the head of an Iraqi prisoner after his soldiers had punched the detainee. [Seattle Times, 12/13/2003; Human Rights Watch, 5/7/2004]
          

January 17, 2004

       Gen. Janis Karpinski is disciplined by Lt. Col. Ricardo S. Sanchez with a Memorandum of Admonishment and relieved of duty. She herself suspends Lt. Col. Jerry L. Phillabaum and Cpt. Donald Reese from their duties. [Sources: Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade]
People and organizations involved: Donald Reese, Ricardo S. Sanchez, Janis L. Karpinski, Jerry L. Phillabaum
          

April 2004

       The Denver Post reports that three US Army soldiers from a military intelligence battalion have been fined “at least five hundred dollars and demoted in rank” after an investigation into an incident involving the assault of a female Iraqi prisoner at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. [The New Yorker, 5/17/2004]
          

May 7, 2004

       Pfc. Lynndie England becomes the seventh on the list of MPs charged with criminal behavior committed at Abu Ghraib. She is charged with indecent acts, assault of detainees, conspiring to “maltreat Iraqi detainees,” and committing acts “prejudicial to good order and discipline and were of nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces through her mistreatment of Iraqi detainees.” [CNN, 5/8/2004]
People and organizations involved: Lynndie England
          

May 12, 2004

       Military spokesman Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt announces that Sgt. Javal S. Davis and Staff Sgt. Ivan L. Frederick II will face courts-martial. Both are charged with conspiracy to maltreat subordinates, dereliction of duty for negligently failing to protect detainees from abuse, maltreatment of detainees, and assault. In addition, Davis is charged with rendering false official statements. Frederick is also charged with wrongfully committing an indecent act by watching detainees commit a sexual act. [American Forces Press Service, 5/12/2004]
People and organizations involved: Ivan L. Frederick II, Mark Kimmitt, Javal Davis
          

May 12, 2004

       US military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt announces that MPs Sgt. Javal Davis and Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick will face general courts-martial in connection with abuse of Abu Ghraib prisoners. [Breaking News (Ireland), 5/13/2004]
People and organizations involved: Ivan L. Frederick II, Mark Kimmitt, Javal Davis
          

May 19, 2004

       In the first court-martial arising out of the Abu Ghraib scandal, MP Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits is found guilty of two counts of maltreatment of detainees, one count of conspiracy to maltreat detainees, and one count of dereliction of duty. Sivits pleaded guilty to these charges. He receives the maximum penalty: one year in prison, reduction to private, and a bad conduct discharge. [Coalition Provisional Authority (News Release), 5/19/2004; BBC, 5/19/2004]
People and organizations involved: Jeremy C. Sivits
          

May 21, 2004

       After speaking to the media (see May 18, 2004) (see May 19, 2004), Sgt. Samuel Provance receives a disciplinary order from his battalion commander, Lt. Col. James Norwood, notifying him that he has been stripped of his security clearance, transferred to a different platoon, and made ineligible for promotions or awards. He is also informed that he may be prosecuted for speaking out because his comments were “not in the national interest.” [ABC News, 5/21/2004] Norwood says: “There is reason for me to believe that you may have been aware of the improper treatment of the detainees at Abu Ghraib before they were reported by other soldiers.” The conclusions of Maj. Gen. George Fay's investigation (see August 25, 2004), Norwood warns, “may reveal that you should face adverse action for your failure to report.” [Newsweek, 6/7/2004] Indeed, the Fay report will conclude that Provance “[f]ailed to report detainee abuse” and “[f]ailed to obey a direct order.” Maj. Gen. Fay will also write, “He interfered with this investigation by talking about the investigation, giving interviews to the media, and passing the questions being asked by investigators to others via a website.” [Sources: AR 15-6 Investigation of the Abu Ghraib Detention Facility and 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, 8/23/2004] Provance's attorney, Scott Horton, believes the military is intimidating soldiers in an effort to prevent them from speaking out about what they know. “I see it as an effort to intimidate Sgt. Provance and any other soldier whose conscience is bothering him, and who wants to come forward and tell what really happened at Abu Ghraib,” he says. [ABC News, 5/21/2004]
People and organizations involved: James Norwood, Samuel Provance, Scott Horton, George R. Fay
          

August 23, 2004

       During a pre-trial hearing for Spc. Charles Graner held at a US military tribunal in Mannheim, Germany, Judge Col. James L. Pohl orders the US government to complete three investigative reports by September 10 for submission as evidence. If the government fails to complete the reports by October, he says he will “seriously revisit” Graner's plea to dismiss the case. Pre-trial hearings are also being held in Mannheim for Spc. Megan Ambuhl, Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick, and Spc. Javal Davis (see August 24, 2004) in order to establish what evidence can or cannot be submitted to the court-martial [The Times, 8/23/2004]
People and organizations involved: Charles Graner, Ivan L. Frederick II, Javal Davis, James L. Pohl, Megan Ambuhl
          

August 23, 2004

       Spc. Charles Graner and Staff Sgt. Ivan L. Frederick appear before a judge in Mannheim, Germany for their arraignment. Military prosecutors have agreed to drop some of the charges against Frederick. He will pleads guilty to the rest at his next hearing in Baghdad in October (see October 21, 2004).
People and organizations involved: Charles Graner, Ivan L. Frederick II
          

August 24, 2004

       During a pre-trial hearing for Sgt. Javal Davis held at a US military tribunal in Mannheim, Germany, Judge Col. James L. Pohl denies a motion by Davis' attorney to have Rumsfeld testify. Pohl says the defense failed to link the actions of the accused with Rumsfeld's orders and actions. [CNN, 8/24/2004]
People and organizations involved: Donald Rumsfeld, James L. Pohl, Javal Davis
          

September 11, 2004

       Spc. Armin J. Cruz of the 325th Military Intelligence Battalion, the second soldier to be tried over the Abu Ghraib scandal, pleads guilty to charges of having forced naked detainees to crawl naked along the floor and tying prisoners together with handcuffs. The former military intelligence interrogator is sentenced to eight months confinement, reduction in rank to that of private, and a bad conduct discharge. [Associated Press, 9/11/2004]
People and organizations involved: Armin J. Cruz
          

October 2004

       More than one-and-a-half years after the deaths of the Afghan detainees Mullah Habibullah (see December 3, 2002) and Dilawar (see December 10, 2002), the US Army Criminal Investigation Command completes its investigation of the two cases. It finds that 28 military personnel, including two captains, were involved in the incident. The perpetrators could be charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault, and conspiracy. A Pentagon official says five or six of the soldiers will likely be charged with the most serious offences. The investigation concludes that “multiple soldiers” beat Dilawar and Habibullah, using mostly their knees. It is likely, according to Pentagon officials, that the beatings were concentrated on the legs of the detainees, so that wounds would be less visible. Amnesty International severely criticizes the long duration of the investigation. “The failure to promptly account for the prisoners' deaths indicates a chilling disregard for the value of human life and may have laid the groundwork for further abuses in Abu Ghraib and elsewhere,” says Jumana Musa of Amnesty International USA. [New York Times, 10/15/2004]
People and organizations involved: Dilawar, Mullah Habibullah, Patrick J. Brown, Jumana Musa
          

January 14, 2005

       Charles A. Graner Jr. is found guilty of maltreatment, assault, and dereliction of duty as an MP at Abu Ghraib. [The Guardian, 1/15/2005]
People and organizations involved: Charles Graner
          


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