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The Abu Ghraib Scandal, CBS

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On april 28th 2004 the Canadian TV channel CBS were the first to broadcast the story on Abu Ghraib and the torture which had been going on in their television news-magazine 60 minutes II. The report included images of the physical and mental abuse carried out by US Millitary Police Personnel on Iraqi prisoners and an interview with Brig Gen Mark Kimmit, the deputy director of coalition operations in Iraq.

Kimmet: “Our soldiers could be taken prisoner as well. And we expect our soldiers to be treated well by the adversary, by the enemy. And if we can’t hold ourselves up as an example of how to treat people with dignity and respect … We can’t ask that other nations to that to our soldiers as well.”

They also interviewed Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Chip Frederick, who was one of the soldiers facing trial.

“Frederick told us he will plead not guilty, claiming the way the Army was running the prison led to the abuse of prisoners.”

Frederick: “Military intelligence has encouraged and told us ‘Great job.’ “

Frederick:”We help getting them to talk with the way we handle them. … We’ve had a very high rate with our style of getting them to break. They usually end up breaking within hours.”

Frederick and his attorney claim that he shouldn’t be charged because of “the failure of his commanders to provide proper training and standards”.

Also he claims that he never got trained according to the standarts of the  Geneva Conventions (a set of detailed arrangements for inter alia the Treatment of Prisoners of War (adopted on 12 August 1949 by the Diplomatic Conference for the Establishment of 
[ accessed 28/10/2010])

Another reason that Frederick gave for the way they treated the prisoners was the fact that they were understaffed.

Frederick: “There was, when I left, there was over 900. And there was only five soldiers, plus two non-commissioned officers, in charge for those 900 — over 900 inmates.”

Kimmitt’s response to this is that this might be a contributing factor but “That doesn’t condone individual acts of criminal behavior no matter how tired we are. No matter how stretched we are, that doesn’t give us license and it doesn’t give us the authority to break the law,”

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Written by coskufertingercmp

October 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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