Generalinspektøren i den amerikanske hæren legger ansvaret for overgrepene i Abu Ghraib og ved andre fangeanlegg i Irak på den kvinnelige brigadegeneralen Janis L. Karpinski. Alle «top brass» frikjennes.
Herunder øverskommanderende i Irak, general Ricardo S. Sanchez. Blodig urettferdig, mener Karpinski, som mener hun er blitt gjort til syndebukk.
The investigation essentially found no culpability on the part of Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez and three of his senior deputies, ruling that allegations they failed to prevent or stop abuses were «unsubstantiated.»
Army officials said yesterday that they have identified 125 soldiers and officers who were either tried at courts-martial or issued administrative punishments for detainee abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan. So far, seven low-ranking soldiers have faced the most serious charges in the sexual humiliation and physical abuse cases arising out of Abu Ghraib; five have pleaded guilty or have been found guilty, and two have courts-martial scheduled for next month. Spec. Charles A. Graner Jr., who was characterized as the ringleader of the abuses there, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Kritikere vil si at overgrepene har vært langt mer omfattende, og godkjent på høyeste hold.
Det påpekes at dårlig planlegging, overbefolkning og mangel på handlingsrettet etterretning, var medvirkende årsaker til overgrepene.
Tidligere rapporter har kommet til at ledelsen skulle ha grepet inn, men gjorde det ikke.
A comprehensive report about Abu Ghraib by Maj. Gen. George R. Fay concluded that there were failures at the highest levels, 2_kommentarly in oversight lapses. He found that Sanchez and his deputy «failed to ensure proper staff oversight of detention and interrogation operations» and «reacted inadequately» to warnings that abuse was occurring.
Sanchez’s top intelligence adviser, Maj. Gen. Barbara Fast, learned of abuses in late 2003 after commissioning an independent investigation, but the Abu Ghraib abuses did not get command attention until January 2004, when a soldier turned over digital photographs of some of the abuses.
Fast, who recently assumed command of the Army’s intelligence center at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., also was cleared of wrongdoing.
Man kan få følelsen av at det var bildene som gjorde utslaget. Uten dem hadde det ikke blitt noen oppvask. Saken ville blitt dysset ned.
Top Army Officers Are Cleared in Abuse Cases
One General Will Likely Get Reprimand Over Abu Ghraib