May 9, 2004

This is Not Justice

In some states you can go to jail for years if you're caught selling dope. You can get kicked out of the military if they find out you're gay.

But it you torture Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison you might only get one year in prison and get to stay in the military.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A 24-year-old U.S. military policeman will be the first soldier to face a court-martial in connection with the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, the military said Sunday.

Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits of Hyndman, Pa., a member of the 372nd Military Police Company, will stand trial in Baghdad on May 19, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said.

Sivits has been charged with conspiracy to maltreat subordinates and detainees, dereliction of duty for negligently failing to protect detainees from abuse and cruelty and maltreatment of detainees, Kimmitt said.

If convicted of all charges, Sivits could face one year in prison, reduction in rank to private, forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay for a year, a fine or a bad conduct discharge, military officials said. Penalties could include only one, all or any combination of those punishments, officials said.

If convicted of all charges he needs to be locked up for years. But first he needs to be dishonorably discharged. He's a disgrace to our country. Strip that uniform off him.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at May 9, 2004 9:26 AM
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