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US Prison Chief In Iraq Accused Of Aiding Enemy

From his colleagues at Reuters:


Iraqi prisoners walk through a Baghdad parking lot after their release from Camp Cropper prison, on the outskirts of Baghdad, in 2006. The US military has accused Lieutenant Colonel William Steele, who before his arrest was in charge of Camp Cropper, of aiding the “enemy by providing an unmonitored cellular phone to detainees”, the military said.

Top U.S. officer at Iraq prison detained, charged

By Ross Colvin

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A top officer at a key U.S. military detention centre in Iraq has been charged with “aiding the enemy” and having improper relationships including one with the daughter of a detainee, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

Lieutenant-Colonel William Steele, the commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment, was in charge of the detention facilities at Camp Cropper near Baghdad international airport.

“He has been in detention in Kuwait since last month pending an Article 32 hearing, which is a preliminary hearing where evidence will be presented to determine whether this should go to court-martial,” said U.S. military spokeswoman Lieutenant- Colonel Josslyn Aberle.

Saddam Hussein spent his final days at Cropper, which holds more than 3,000 detainees, before being executed last December.

Steele was accused of “aiding the enemy” by providing detainees with unmonitored mobile phones between October 2005 and October 2006, a U.S. military said in a statement.

He was also charged with having an improper relationship with a translator and with the daughter of a detainee, as well as violating an order against keeping pornographic videos. The offences were alleged to have occurred between October 2005 and February 2007.

“These charges are merely an accusation of wrongdoing. Lieutenant-Colonel Steele is presumed innocent unless and until he is proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of any alleged offence,” the military statement said…

Now if they would only go after John Murtha, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid… 

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