Abu Ghraib Guard : Told to Fake an Execution
Abu Ghraib prison guard and Staff Sergeant Ivan "Chip" Frederick pleaded guilty in a court-martial Wednesday. He is cooperating with authorities for a lesser sentence, and told the court that at the request of military and civilian intelligence officials, he staged a mock electrocution.
A US soldier on trial for abusing Iraqi prisoners told a Baghdad court martial yesterday that he hooked up wires around a hooded detainee in a mock electrocution at the behest of military and civilian intelligence officials.
If Frederick is to be believed, these officials set the policy for the treatment of prisoners.
In his testimony yesterday, he described a prison regime where policy was set by military and civilian officials involved in the interrogation of prisoners. However, Sgt Frederick played a pivotal role in the events at Abu Ghraib. His experience as a prison guard in civilian life led his superiors to put him in charge of the night shift in the main prison block at Abu Ghraib, including the tier where the abuse was photographed.
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