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    You got me to thinking about Calley, though.  Is his case illustrative of the general attitude of the armed forces, that the buck only goes so high?  

    Well, the facts alone answer your question:
    Army officer avoids jail from Abu Ghraib scandal

    A military jury on Wednesday reprimanded the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal, sparing him any prison time for disobeying an order to keep silent about the abuse investigation.

    The jury had acquitted Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan a day earlier of all three charges directly related to the mistreatment of detainees at the U.S.-run prison in Iraq.

    We know, for a fact, that starting with the Yoo memo's and Rumsfeld, that the culpability for Abu Ghraib went much higher than a bunch of enlisted Military Police.  The punishment for Col. Jordan, along with every other officer involved in Abu Ghraib, was a travesty of justice.  

    The impact of the reprimand on Jordan's career was not immediately clear.

    "We view this as very much a victory," defense attorney Maj. Kris Poppe said after the sentence. Jordan could have been sentenced to up to five years in prison, though prosecutors had recommended a reprimand and a fine of one month's pay, about $7,400.

    Amazing how officers (prosecutors) recommended a reprimand and a fine of ONE MONTHS pay against another officer (defendant), after officers (jury) found him "not guilty" of every major charge and only guilty of disobeying an order, isn't it?

    "It’s ironic but not entirely surprising given the military make-up of the jury that the only charge of which he was found guilty had to do with him disobeying an order not to discuss the matter with others," said CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen.

    The nine colonels and one brigadier general who made up the jury found him not guilty of the three abuse-related charges: cruelty and maltreatment for subjecting detainees to forced nudity and intimidation by dogs; dereliction of a duty to properly train and supervise soldiers in humane interrogation rules; and failing to obey a lawful general order by ordering dogs used for interrogations without higher approval.

    Those acquittals suggested that criminality went no higher than former Staff Sgt. Ivan L. Frederick, a military police reservist from Buckingham, Va., who is serving an eight-year sentence.

    The "rule of law"; it applies to you and me, but not the rich, the Republican or the celebrity. Welcome to America!

    by MotleyPatriot on Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 05:40:42 AM PDT

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      than any corporation or other big entity then, are they?  So integrity and character are just washed away as they rise in rank?  Bleah!  I need a shower....

      Thanks for the reply.  I'd hoped it would be otherwise.

      -7.62, -7.28 "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." - Walter Mondale

      by luckylizard on Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 06:05:25 AM PDT

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        I met some good officers in my time.  But, when it comes to who goes to prison?  The evidence speaks for itself...

        The "rule of law"; it applies to you and me, but not the rich, the Republican or the celebrity. Welcome to America!

        by MotleyPatriot on Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 06:22:15 AM PDT

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