Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Army Interrogator Convicted For Killing Jailed Iraqi

From Democracy Now!:
A military jury has convicted an Army interrogator of negligent homicide for his role in the death of an Iraqi general. The interrogator -- Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. - killed the Iraqi man by putting a sleeping bag over the general's head, wrapping him in electrical cord, sitting on his chest and covering his mouth. He faces up to three years in prison. Had Welshofer been convicted of murder, he would been sentenced to life in prison. Attorneys for Welshofer said he had been given permission to use harsh techniques during interrogations. In one email, Captain William Ponce wrote "The gloves are coming off, gentlemen.... We want these individuals broken. Casualties are mounting." The interrogator's attorneys also questioned why no one else was charged in the general's death. The general was severely beaten two days before his death by a group of Iraqis reportedly being paid by the CIA.


Blogger GRIFFON NEWS said...

Welshofer got a slap on the wrist for murdering an Iraqi prisoner. Reportedly, folks in attendance in the courtroom broke into a cheer at the sentence. Fairly incredible. We seem to be supporting torture and murder here.

The fact that no one seems shocked at this speaks volumes. We seem to have become to hardened in this era of terrorism that we are leaving our humanity behind.

This sentence should alarm all clear-thinking Americans.

January 24, 2006 6:12 pm  
Blogger lulu said...

It's amazing how totally warped our government is.

I find it quite disgusting.

January 28, 2006 3:49 am  

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