Charges were filed Wednesday against 11 U.S. soldiers, alledging abuse of suspects. Most of the suspects were later released, and now it's the
American soldiers in hot water. The charges stem from a complaint filed by another soldier, indicating abuse of suspects detained during house to
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Eleven American soldiers have been charged with violation of military law in connection with alleged assaults on suspected
insurgents captured in the Baghdad area, the U.S. command announced Saturday.
A U.S. statement said the charges, which were filed Wednesday, followed a complaint by a soldier assigned to Task Force Baghdad that "other soldiers
had allegedly assaulted some suspected terrorists."
"None of the insurgents required medical treatment for injuries related to the alleged assault," the statement added. "Only one of the suspected
terrorists remains in custody of coalition forces at this time."
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If you believe the statement issued, the abuse must have been fairly minor, if no medical treatment was required after the fact. I'm glad that
nobody got hurt, and most of the people rounded up and abused are now free.
It's also good to see a little hypersensitivity to matters of abuse lately. If commanders and soldiers are afraid of getting disciplined, maybe they
won't be so quick to use their position to humiliate and abuse suspects in their care. How do you like that? We have to terrorize the good guys to
stop them from terrorizing the terrorists? Who woulda' thunk it?
Very little information is being released, but it appears that the abuse was stopped before it went too far, and the people accountable are going to
have to answer. If the soldiers aren't guilty, and one of their own did something so stupid as lying about abuse, I hope this is disovered and
remedied. I can't imagine a soldier lying to get his own in trouble for no reason, but until the identities of the whistleblowing soldier becomes
known, we can't really speculate as to any personal motive he might have had.
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