Some charges dropped:
A military judge on Monday dismissed two of the most serious charges against the only officer charged with abusing detainees at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison after an investigator acknowledged he failed to read the defendant his rights.
Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan is the last of 12 Abu Ghraib defendants to be court-martialed. He still faces four counts, including cruelty and maltreatment of detainees.
His trial was set to begin Monday afternoon.
Jordan, the former director of the prison’s interrogation center, was charged after photographs surfaced showing low-ranking U.S. soldiers assaulting and humiliating naked detainees at Abu Ghraib in late 2003 and early 2004. Jordan isn’t in any of the pictures, but he is accused of allowing the mistreatment to escalate.
Jordan, 51, of Fredericksburg, Va., has said he is a scapegoat, considered expendable because he is a reservist.
In court Monday morning, the prosecutor, Lt. Col. John P. Tracy, announced that the investigator, Maj. Gen. George Fay, had contacted prosecutors Sunday to say that he ”misspoke” when he testified during a pretrial hearing that he advised Jordan of his rights during an interview in 2004.
The fact that the people who intentionally put these policies in place are, for the most part (Rumsfeld excluded), still running the show or have either been promoted or retired peacefully is a source of unending frustration.