Thursday, April 26, 2007

Top US officer charged with 'aiding the enemy'-News-World-Iraq-TimesOnline

Top US officer charged with 'aiding the enemy'-News-World-Iraq-TimesOnline:

"The former commander of the US military’s highest security prison in Iraq has been detained on suspicion of “aiding the enemy”, having an affair with his female translator and fraternising with the daughter of a prisoner."

The US Military has its own set of laws. They're called the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Lieutenant Colonel Steele is accused of violating Article 104- Aiding the Enemy. Here's a snippet right out of the UCMJ:

28. Article 104—Aiding the enemy
a. Text.
“Any person who—
(1) aids, or attempts to aid, the enemy with arms,
ammunition, supplies, money, or other things; or

(2) without proper authority, knowingly harbors

or protects or gives intelligence to or communicates
or corresponds with or holds any intercourse with
the enemy, either directly or indirectly; shall suffer
death or such other punishment as a court-martial or
military commission may direct.” [emphasis added]

He's also accused of fraternizing with a prisoner's daughter. This is a man with significant influence on whether or not the prisoner was transferred to Guantanamo Bay. If you were that prisoner's daughter, what would you be willing to do?

There are people in the military who should not be in the military. With great power comes great responsibility. What greater power could you have than power over life and death? We have people in the military, sadly some of them in positions of great responsibility, who do not deserve their society's trust.

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