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Army Reservist’s Defense Rests in Abu Ghraib Abuse Case

I don’t care how barbaric “they” are, sensible people don’t do these things unless they have a special relationship with the devil or the US government.  I hope that these guys name some people in the CIA or military intellegence.  It would be a shame if only the lower enlisted soldiers get jail time for this.  But I guess “shit rolls down hill”.

http://www.nytimes.com

By KATE ZERNIKE

FORT HOOD, Tex., Jan. 13 - Lawyers for the Army reservist accused of being the ringleader of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison abruptly ended his defense on Thursday without putting him on the stand to testify, as they had promised throughout his trial here.

The defense rested exactly a year to the day that another soldier slipped a CD with photographs of detainees in sexually humiliating positions under the door of Army investigators at Abu Ghraib, out of fear, he told them later, that the reservist would abuse prisoners again. The photographs set off nine high-level Pentagon investigations and international outrage toward the American military.

“I feel fantastic,” the reservist, Specialist Charles A. Graner Jr., said, after motioning a reporter over to him in the courtroom after the defense rested. “I’m still smiling.”

Sending the same photograph to another friend, Specialist Graner wrote, “Try doing this at home, and they’ll lock you up if you don’t have some type of license,” adding, “Not only was I the healer, I was the hurter. O well life goes on.” Guy Womack, a lawyer for Specialist Graner, had called him “an outstanding candidate” to testify, saying last week that no one else could explain as well what had happened at the prison. On Thursday, Mr. Womack said he thought other evidence had adequately established that Specialist Graner had been acting under orders. “We came in with a checklist of things we wanted to present to the jury,” he said, “Once we accomplished that, there was no reason to continue.”


Posted by SPN on 01/15 at 06:48 PM in Justice / Injustice

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