Sunday, June 04, 2006

How military justice works

These are the names of the seven soldiers who were charged in connection with the most famous episode of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison:

Former Cpl. Charles Graner - Graner is often referred to as the "ringleader" of the abuse at Abu Ghraib. He is serving a ten year sentence in a military prison. He offered no apologies or regrets at his sentencing.

Former Spc. Lynndie England - England is the woman shown with the cigarette hanging out of her mouth and pointing to naked Iraqi detainees. She was sentenced to three years in a military prison. In October 2004, she gave birth to what is generally reported as Charles Graner's child.

Former Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick - Frederick is the highest ranking soldier charged in connection with the abuse at Abu Ghraib. Prior to his deployment to Iraq, he was a corrections officer. He is now serving eight years in prison.

Former Spc. Jeremy Sivits - Sivits was the photographer of many of the photos that have become so familiar. He received a one year sentence and tearfully apologized to the Iraqi people.

Former Spc. Megan Ambuhl - Ambuhl pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty. She was dishonorably discharged. In October 2005, she married Charles Graner.

Former Spc. Sabrina Harman - Harman is seen in one photo posing with the corpse of an Iraqi man. She was sentenced to six months in prison.

Former Sgt. Javal Davis - Davis admitted stepping on the hands and feet of handcuffed detainees and falling with his full weight on top of them. He was sentenced to six months in prison.

Colonel Janis Karpinski - Karpinksi was demoted from Brigadier General for dereliction of duty, making a material misrepresentation to investigators, and failure to obey a lawful order.

Four other members of the military have been convicted of abuse in separate incidents at Abu Ghraib prison.

The acts of these few members of the U.S. military have been the springboard for increased anti-American sentiment and have resulted in "Abu Ghraib" being referenced 9,860 times in a Google News search today.

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