Iraq Prison Supervisors Face Army Reprimand
She added, "This was an interrogation -- an isolation-procedure -- issue, and that was run and orchestrated by a separate command from the Military Police Brigade."
Karpinski said she was not a target of Sanchez's reprimands. On Saturday, she told The Post that she had received a letter of admonishment from her superior, Lt. Gen. David D. McKiernan.
In a 53-page report, portions of which were made available to The Post, Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba concluded that there was no clear line of authority at the prison.
Overall, the report portrays the prison as being run by a poorly led, undermanned and demoralized group of U.S. soldiers. Because of Army personnel policies, it notes, the 800th MP Brigade did not receive replacements as members left for medical reasons or because their terms of service were finished. Also, the report found, the troops' quality of life was "extremely poor." They lacked many of the facilities provided to soldiers at other U.S. bases in Iraq, such as mess halls, barbershops and post exchanges, which offer magazines, toiletries and other personal items for sale.
The report repeatedly criticizes commanders' decisions, but especially focuses on Phillabaum, calling him "an extremely ineffective commander and leader."
Taguba found "clear friction and lack of communication" between Karpinski, who oversaw detainee operations inside the prison, and Col. Thomas M. Pappas, commander of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, who had control of the overall detention facility.
"There was no clear delineation of responsibility between commands, little coordination at the command level, and no integration of the two functions," Taguba wrote. "Coordination occurred at the lowest possible levels, with little oversight by commanders."
Taguba faulted a Nov. 19 order that explicitly turned over control of the facility to the military intelligence brigade. As a result, Taguba concluded, military guards, who are not trained in interrogation procedures, were given responsibility for "setting conditions" to elicit the maximum information from detainees.
While Taguba did not excuse the actions of the guards, he saved his harshest criticism for four individuals: Pappas; Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, who directed the Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center inside the prison; and Stephen Stephanowicz and John Israel, two employees of CACI International Inc., an Arlington-based security firm that hired interrogators to work at the prison.
These four men, Taguba wrote, "were either directly or indirectly responsible for the abuses at Abu Ghraib." He added that he strongly recommended "immediate disciplinary action" against the four men. Efforts to reach the four on Monday were not successful.
Di Rita, the Pentagon spokesman, said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had not yet read Taguba's report, which was completed in March and approved in April. Details of the report have been published by the New Yorker magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
Ricks reported from Washington.
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