U.S. officer blames superior over Abu Ghraib abuse
The former commander of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq blamed a ranking officer for introducing the use of human pyramids and dog leashes in the abuse of detainees and said in an interview on Thursday that abuse may be continuing there.
Col. Janis Karpinski, a former one-star Army Reserve general who was punished in the scandal, blamed Gen. Geoffrey Miller for the methods that were used to humiliate detainees.
Miller headed the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and was sent to Iraq to recommend improvements in intelligence gathering and detention operations there.
“I believe that Gen. Miller gave them the ideas, gave them the instruction on what techniques to use,” she said in an interview on the ABC News “Nightline” program.
Asked if she was referring to the positioning of prisoners in human pyramids and putting dog leashes on detainees, Karpinski said, “I can tell you with certainty that the MPs (military police) certainly did not design those techniques, they certainly did not come to Abu Ghraib or to Iraq with dog collars and dog leashes.”