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May 14, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

MILITARY INTELLIGENCE AT ABU GHRAIB....The Los Angeles Times has obtained investigative records of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal that include statements from Spc. Jeremy Sivits:

He described an atmosphere in which a group of military policemen repeatedly laughed, joked and mocked Iraqi detainees as they stripped them naked, struck and kicked them and, in the crudest of humiliations, even forced them to hit each other.

....And he said all of this was done without the knowledge of their superiors in the Army chain of command. "Our command would have slammed us," he said. "They believe in doing the right thing. If they saw what was going on, there would be hell to pay."

Sivits said that Spc. Charles Graner was the "ringleader" of the abuses, and Graner's lawyer provided the picture below to NBC News. He identified the soldiers labeled 4, 5, 7, and 8 as military intelligence.

Is it possible that military intelligence was involved but somehow kept all this secret from the chain of command? Maybe. So far, though, no one seems to have put any names to the military intelligence folks who supposedly organized all this. I don't imagine that can last too much longer.

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