Army Interrogator Sentenced

by TChris

Army Sgt. Joshua Claus, a military intelligence interrogator, pleaded guilty today to assaulting one of two detainees in Afghanistan who died after being abused. TalkLeft background on the death is here.

Claus said the abuses were the result of frustrations during interrogations. He admitted to forcing water down the throat of a detainee known as Dilawar and twisting a hood over the man's head. Dilawar died at the detention center in 2002. No one has been charged with causing his death.

Claus also pleaded guilty to forcing another inmate to kiss a soldier's boots.

Claus was sentenced to five months in prison.

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    Re: Army Interrogator Sentenced (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:26 PM EST
    Five months! You admit to torturing someone and to humiliating others, in clear violations of the Geneva Conventions, one of the people you torture ends up dead, and you get five months. I've seen people serve longer sentences than that for traffic accidents.

    Re: Army Interrogator Sentenced (none / 0) (#2)
    by The Heretik on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:27 PM EST
    Sad moment. When will justice for Dilawar be served?

    Re: Army Interrogator Sentenced (none / 0) (#3)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:04:27 PM EST
    World War II! World WarII! It's just like World War II!* *except that we seem to be playing the part of the Waffen Schutzstaffel this time around.