Graner found guilty
The Army reservist accused of being the ringleader in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal was found guilty on all charges by a military jury here Friday night, a year to the day after the Pentagon began an investigation into photographs showing Iraqi detainees bound and brutalized or forced into sexually humiliating positions. The jury of 10 soldiers deliberated for five hours before convicting the reservist, Specialist Charles A. Graner Jr., on all but one count of aggravated assault, which it reduced to battery.
What happens now? Is this the whitewash? We must continue to demand answers. The August 2002 memo approved and forwarded by Alberto Gonzales, the nominee for Attorney General, is at the center of this. The Bush Administration's continued refusal to rule out torture, most recently manifested in its objection to such a prohibition in proposed legislation, remain the heart of the scandal.
Graner was the logical conclusion of an immoral and illegal Bush torture policy. Democrats must protest this vehemently and persistently. Meteor Blades describes the problem in eloquent fashion:
...as is rather clear, the gate opened from above remains open.
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