The American military has charged a top commander at its main detention center here with "aiding the enemy," a rare and serious accusation that carries a maximum sentence of death.Hum...
According to a military statement released on Thursday, Lieutenant Colonel William Steele provided aid to the enemy between Oct. 1, 2005 and Oct. 31, 2006 "by providing an unmonitored cellular phone to detainees" at Camp Cropper, an expansive prison near Baghdad International Airport that held Saddam Hussein before he was executed.
The military statement said the charge was one of nine brought against Colonel Steele who - until he was detained last month - oversaw one of several compounds at Camp Cropper as commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment.
He was also accused of illegally storing and marking classified information, disobeying orders relating to his possession of pornography, dereliction of duty regarding government funds and conduct unbecoming of an officer - for fraternizing with the daughter of a detainee since 2005, and for maintaining "an inappropriate relationship" with an interpreter in 2005 and 2006.
But the case is clearly another public relations bruise for the American detention system. Camp Cropper was meant to signify reform. It was expanded in recent years to act as a replacement for Abu Ghraib, where American jailers photographed themselves humiliating and torturing Iraqi prisoners, and it now holds about 3,000 people.
Colonel Steele's case is at least the second involving accusations of collaborating with the enemy to arise from an American military prison. In Sept. 2003, Captain John Yee, a Muslim chaplain at the Guantanamo detention center in Cuba, was accused of mutiny, sedition, aiding the enemy, adultery and possession of pornography.
The military dropped all the criminal charges the following March, citing national security concerns that would arise from the release of evidence against him; a month later, Captain Yee's record was wiped clean when an Army general dismissed his convictions for adultery and pornography.
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This is sooo going to be interesting watching this court case, as well as all of the Ideological WingNuttery.
Gosh, Golly, Gee Whiz, if this action goes through, and we get a Capital Conviction. Will the NeoConClownCarCrew need to find a new phrase for
Hanoi Annie Coulter Is Still Angry that God did not give Her A Penisor will they just hope that no one notices that for an arbitrary amount of time they have hijacked technical term, and run them into the ground as mere meaningless Partisan Political Rhetoric.
Or should we just avoid most of this discussion until after the Movie Of The Week Phase...
Would this be a bad time to ask why the DOD's PAO's sound like the Russo-Cuban PAO's from say Red Dawn, or
that totally Groovey Amerika - The TV Mini Series from the 80's... Didn't anyone ever think of updating the rhetorical devices, or at least working on finding some that were still considered operable...