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Dog Handler Convicted

by TChris

Update: Cardona received a reduction in rank and a sentence of 90 days at hard labor.

original post:

Another Army dog handler has been convicted of committing military crimes at Abu Ghraib.

Sgt. Santos A. Cardona is the 11th soldier convicted of crimes stemming from the abuse of inmates at the prison in late 2003 and early 2004. Cardona, 32, of Fullerton, Calif., was convicted of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault for allowing his dog to bark within inches of a prisoner's face.

Cardona was acquitted of more serious charges, "including unlawfully having his dog bite an inmate and conspiring with another dog handler to frighten prisoners into soiling themselves." Cardona's defense counsel argued that Cardona's career depended on pleasing people who were monitoring the progress made at Abu Ghraib.

By late November, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz were said to have taken an intense interest in gathering intelligence from Abu Ghraib, even calling nightly to check on information, according to trial testimony.

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  • Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Jun 01, 2006 at 05:30:23 PM EST
    are you kidding me. he was convicted because he let a dog bark at a prisoner within inches of his face? let me guess whats next. 8 year sentence? aclu could not ask for more.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Jun 01, 2006 at 05:58:46 PM EST
    We can choose to indict Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, et.al. now and come out smelling like heros or wait until a world court does it and take on a burden similar to the Germans. Our choice. Heros or dogs. Since most "mericans seem to enjoy licking their privates I am not hopeful.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#3)
    by roger on Thu Jun 01, 2006 at 06:26:37 PM EST
    B- Get help

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#4)
    by Sailor on Thu Jun 01, 2006 at 06:43:03 PM EST
    are you kidding me. he was convicted because he let a dog bark at a prisoner within inches of his face?
    Uhh, the guy had stitches and it is a war crime. If only you were black and in 'bama during the 60's.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Jun 01, 2006 at 07:01:58 PM EST
    Bmadison would be crying like a little baby if the same thing ever happened to him

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Jun 01, 2006 at 09:40:31 PM EST
    I'm finishing a boo called "A Question of Torture" by Alfred W. McCoy and it really gives you two side to this whole issue of torture being used in the "war on terror". If any of you read, this is worth the 15 bucks.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#7)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Thu Jun 01, 2006 at 10:22:58 PM EST
    Bmadison would be crying like a little baby if the same thing ever happened to him
    But at least he would enjoy the naked pyramids and whacking off in front of some cute GIs.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#8)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 12:27:18 AM EST
    Uhh, the guy had stitches and it is a war crime.
    so what he had stitches, it clearly says he was convicted for having let his dog bark too close to the mans face. it specifically says he was "acquitted of more serious charges". so, if he was guilty of the more serious charges, and let his dog bite the man, then convict him of that. if all he did was let his dog bark too close to the mans face, i think that is stupid. just one mans opinion.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#10)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 12:47:26 AM EST
    No I was thinking Lyndie's baby's daddy would be more your speed. And I can understand your inclination to identify with the trained attack dog, but I didn't know you were into the kinky stuff like electrodes. One can only imagine what kinda mpegs youre up late downloading off the net.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#11)
    by Johnny on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 04:25:34 AM EST
    Making a prisoner stand on a wood crate with his arms out and a hood over his head with fear of electric shock is also a great tactic.
    Ugh...

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#12)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 05:18:32 AM EST
    why isn't Bush in prison with the rape gangs? hell lets face facts bush is the gang leader! and let us not forget he has his thing out of Fox! Anti-terror funds for S.D. Region sharply cut! is that not tellling you this war has been made by bush and family and run by the business guys and the new world order who hate your freedoms? "hey people Bush is Bin Laden"

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#14)
    by Dadler on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 10:52:41 AM EST
    The question is when will the superiors who tacitly encouraged this kind of behavior, who winked and nodded and said "soften them up", when will THEY be brought to account for their role?

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#15)
    by Sailor on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 10:55:42 AM EST
    see why the military and bushco can't be trusted? 90 freakingdays for a war crime. I bet the officers get a medal of freedom.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#17)
    by Al on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 02:22:19 PM EST
    Making a prisoner stand on a wood crate with his arms out and a hood over his head with fear of electric shock is also a great tactic.
    Great tactic for what? What is your strategic goal that this "tactic" of yours aims to achieve?

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#18)
    by squeaky on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 03:27:50 PM EST
    With all Bush fake apologies and promises to punish all those involved in the Abu Ghraib torture to the fullest extent of the law, at least this torturer was not promoted. No jail??? Still in the army???? No investigation of his superiors???? Bush is so utterly dishonest. His recent pseudo-apology rings particularly hollow after this pathetic trial. Bush said the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal was
    "the biggest mistake that's happened so far, at least from our country's involvement in Iraq ... We've been paying for that for a long period of time
    This will show the world how tough America is on torture. As if his notorious signing statement neutering the McCain anti torture amendment wasn't enough. This torturer will get a presidential award, guaranteed, or some perk from the WH. The whistleblowers, on the other hand, will serve long jail sentences and with dishonorable discharges.
    The conviction means Cardona will lose his security clearance, and forfeit his right to serve as a military policeman. Consequently, he will be unable to continue as a dog handler, military sources said. Cardona hugged his military defense lawyer Major Kirsten Mayer, and civilian attorney Harvey Volzer, and bear-hugged friends and former comrades in the public gallery after the sentence was handed down.
    link

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#19)
    by Che's Lounge on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 06:19:03 PM EST
    BMadison, I wish my beautiful white shepherd was still around. I'd invite you over for some acceptable fun.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#20)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 06:48:58 PM EST
    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#21)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 06:57:44 PM EST
    PPJ, you link to a blog that's named after a pagan god? So much for your vaunted dedication to Christianity.......

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#22)
    by jondee on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 07:24:54 PM EST
    A wingnut site attacking Che Guevara; thats how to stay on topic Jim.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#23)
    by Jo on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 07:47:56 PM EST
    I hope we at least got them to confess to being witches.

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#24)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 08:37:28 AM EST
    Jondee, That's all he knows. Rovian smear. TL keeps OT Jim around for our recreation only. O/W he's just another troll. I mean how many times in the last year have we seen that same link on so many other unrelated threads?

    Re: Dog Handler Convicted (none / 0) (#25)
    by roger on Sat Jun 03, 2006 at 09:01:35 AM EST
    Che is in Iraq? Who knew?