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August 22, 2005

Following orders

ABC News Australia has an interview with one of the Abu Ghraib abusers:

One of the US soldiers convicted of mistreating prisoners at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison says his superiors made it clear those incarcerated were to be abused.
Sergeant Javal Davis was sentenced to six months in jail after admitting to having deliberately stepped on the hands and feet of handcuffed prisoners.
In an interview aired on Channel 7, Sgt Davis said he was instructed to make life as unpleasant as possible for those he was guarding.
“I was left with an open door to pretty much almost do whatever I want, you know like ‘hey, make sure this guy has a bad night you know’ or ‘make sure this guy gets the treatment’,” he said.
… [Davis] says he asked that orders he was given to abuse prisoners be put in writing. But despite repeated requests, his superiors never agreed to do so.

Translation: from the outset, Abu Ghraib’s leadership knew it was operating way outside the law. It also knew exactly how to ensure the ranks would take the fall.

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