Former commander of Abu Ghraib prison Janis Karpinski was demoted from Brigadier General to Colonel, which was approved by President Bush. She also
received a written reprimand because of her dereliction of duty relative to Abu Ghraib and for shoplifting. Karpinsky was caught shoplifting at
MacDill AFB about one year before she was sent to Iraq to command the 800th Military Police Brigade.
President Bush has approved the demotion of Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, whose unit was in charge during the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses
in 2003, officials said Thursday.
The Army also said three other, more senior generals had been cleared of wrongdoing in the prisoner abuse cases, actions that had been previously
reported. That means Karpinski is the only general to be disciplined.
Karpinski was demoted to colonel, a move that required approval by the president. She also received a written reprimand by Army Vice Chief of Staff
Gen. Richard Cody for dereliction of duty and shoplifting and was formally relieved of command of the 800th Military Police Brigade on April 8.
The Army did not explain the allegations, but a number of previous investigations of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses have accused Karpinski of failing
to maintain order and prevent the abuses. She has said publicly that she was not given full authority over Abu Ghraib.
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This woman is a real piece of work. Frankly, I have never seen anything more disgusting in my life than this woman's appearance on television with
her attorney blaming everyone in the world for the events at Abu Ghraib. Janis Karpinski has to be one of the worst leaders the Army has ever seen.
The shoplifting charge goes right to the heart of her character. It's a real shame when a Brigadier General can't afford a $22. bottle of perfume.
Personally, I think she deserved a much greater reduction in rank.
Sounds like a smear campaign on the general to me like the rest of the abu ghraib people. I agree she should of been demoted, but where is the
accountability happening in the Pentagon? Rumsfeld, anyone?
maybe weshould also talk abotu why planes full of prisoners are being sent to syria, and when hundreds of detainees in Guantamino bay are still in
prison without any formal charges, or being named POWs instead of "Enemy combatants"
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