Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Kangaroo Courts

The US interrogator who supervised the brutal beating of former Iraqi major general Abu Hamad Mawoush, then stuffed him upside down in a sleeping bag and sat on his chest until he died, got 60 days confinement to barracks and forfeiture of $6000 worth of salary.

The US First Lieutenant threw 19 year old Zaidoun Hassoun off a bridge into the Tigris river causing his death was sentenced to 45 days confinement to barracks. The original charges of conspiracy, aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter and obstruction of justice carried sentences up to 29 years, but he was convicted on lesser charges of simple assault. The explanation was that the commanding authority did not pursue the manslaughter charges.

So now we see a story in the Globe and Mail where a dog handler who turned his vicious dogs on inmates in a contest with another dog handler to see who could make the inmates soil themselves may face charges up to 24 1/2 years in prison. I wonder how many days he will spend in the dog house.

Edited 03-24-2006: Well I guess this has been answered. Mr. Smith got 6 months.

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