We are years away from court cases that dealt with prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq when several enlisted men were found guilty of abusing prisoners. Cpl. Charles Garner is the last remaining enlisted man who is still serving time for mistreating prisoners, but his case may soon be reviewed. His defense attorney is asking for reconsideration of this case since during the trial the judge refused to allow entry of evidence which revealed that the president of the United States, the vice president of the United States and the Secretary of Defense all defended use of “enhanced interrogation techniques”– the ones for which enlisted men were convicted.
The tragedy of Barack Obama’s administration is failure to have a bipartisan commission investigate the entire Iraq war as well as what happened to prisoners. Back in the 1940s, then President Harry Truman had on his desk a sign saying, “The Buck Stops Here.” As far as Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld are concerned, the sign reads: “The Buck Stops At Enlisted Men Who Carry Out Orders.”
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Four men who were held in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison have instituted legal action against two security firms, CACI and L-3, for violating their rights as human beings. The law suits were simultaneously brought in Washington, Maryland, Washington and Michigan through the assistance of the Center for Constitutional Rights which is at the forefront of the action. Sa’addon Ali Hameed Ogaldi, who was imprisoned in Abu Ghraib claims he was hidden away to the Red Cross would not know of the torture inflicted upon him by members of the security firms. Attorney Katherine Gallagher, stated bluntly: “Private military contractors and the individuals they employ cannot act with impunity. Contractors must act within the bounds of law and must be held accountable.”
One of the individuals she intends to testify is Timothy Dugan, who was urged by a private in the military to cease abusing prisoners and replied: “I have been doing this for 20 years and I do not need a 20 year-old private telling me how to do my job.” Hopefully, he will be told by the courts of the United States exactly how he should have done his job.