Its conclusions about the institutional failures of the Army prison system were devastating.

Specifically, Taguba found that between October and December of 2003 there were numerous instances of “sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses” at Abu Ghraib. Battalion, which reported to Karpinski’s brigade headquarters.) Taguba’s report listed some of the wrongdoing: Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on naked detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair; threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick, and using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.

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the era of Saddam Hussein, Abu Ghraib, twenty miles west of Baghdad, was one of the world’s most notorious prisons, with torture, weekly executions, and vile living conditions.

Three other hooded and naked Iraqi prisoners are shown, hands reflexively crossed over their genitals. In another, England stands arm in arm with Specialist Graner; both are grinning and giving the thumbs-up behind a cluster of perhaps seven naked Iraqis, knees bent, piled clumsily on top of each other in a pyramid. He came across pictures of naked detainees.” Bobeck said that Darby had “initially put an anonymous letter under our door, then he later came forward and gave a sworn statement.

There is another photograph of a cluster of naked prisoners, again piled in a pyramid. He felt very bad about it and thought it was very wrong.”Questioned further, the Army investigator said that Frederick and his colleagues had not been given any “training guidelines” that he was aware of. P.s in the 372nd had been assigned to routine traffic and police duties upon their arrival in Iraq, in the spring of 2003.

Near them stands Graner, smiling, his arms crossed; a woman soldier stands in front of him, bending over, and she, too, is smiling. In October of 2003, the 372nd was ordered to prison-guard duty at Abu Ghraib.

Then, there is another cluster of hooded bodies, with a female soldier standing in front, taking photographs. Frederick, at thirty-seven, was far older than his colleagues, and was a natural leader; he had also worked for six years as a guard for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Two Iraqi faces that do appear in the photographs are those of dead men. 153399, and the bloodied body of another prisoner, wrapped in cellophane and packed in ice. I saw two naked detainees, one masturbating to another kneeling with its mouth open. ”In letters and e-mails to family members, Frederick repeatedly noted that the military-intelligence teams, which included C. In a letter written in January, he said: I questioned some of the things that I saw . “His reply was ‘Don’t worry about it.’ ”In November, Frederick wrote, an Iraqi prisoner under the control of what the Abu Ghraib guards called “O. Ryder’s report, filed on November 5th, concluded that there were potential human-rights, training, and manpower issues, system-wide, that needed immediate attention. When asked what MI said he stated: ‘Loosen this guy up for us.’ ‘Make sure he has a bad night.’ ‘Make sure he gets the treatment.’ ” Military intelligence made these comments to Graner and Frederick, Davis said. statements like, ‘Good job, they’re breaking down real fast. They’re giving out good information.’ ”When asked why he did not inform his chain of command about the abuse, Sergeant Davis answered, “Because I assumed that if they were doing things out of the ordinary or outside the guidelines, someone would have said something.

There is a photograph of an empty room, splattered with blood. It also discussed serious concerns about the tension between the missions of the military police assigned to guard the prisoners and the intelligence teams who wanted to interrogate them. There was evidence dating back to the Afghanistan war, the Ryder report said, that M. being made to do various things that I would question morally. “The MI staffs to my understanding have been giving Graner compliments . Also the wing”—where the abuse took place—“belongs to MI and it appeared MI personnel approved of the abuse.”Another witness, Specialist Jason Kennel, who was not accused of wrongdoing, said, “I saw them nude, but MI would tell us to take away their mattresses, sheets, and clothes.” (It was his view, he added, that if M. wanted him to do this “they needed to give me paperwork.”) Taguba also cited an interview with Adel L.

The coalition authorities had the floors tiled, cells cleaned and repaired, and toilets, showers, and a new medical center added. Last June, Janis Karpinski, an Army reserve brigadier general, was named commander of the 800th Military Police Brigade and put in charge of military prisons in Iraq.