Monday, September 26, 2005

The Last Abu Ghraib Conviction

Private Lynndie England today became the ninth American soldier convicted in the Abu Ghraib scandal. England, who was photographed smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners and holding a leash attached to one, now faces up to nine years in prison.

Just as in two prior trials and five prior plea bargains related to the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Private England's trial failed to answer the most important question: How high up the chain of command did responsibility for the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib go?