U.K. Calls for Guantánamo Closing, U.S. Asserts States Secrets Defense in Extraordinary Rendition Suit

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Saturday, July 1, 2006
Bruce Zagaris
On April 28, 2006, the U.S. Army announced criminal charges against Lt. Col. Steven Jordan, a military intelligence officer who was second-in-charge of interrogations at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Jordan is accused of cruelty and maltreatment of detainees, dereliction of duty and making false statements. The Army alleges that Jordan abused detainees between September 2003 and December 2004, while he was director of Abu Ghriab’s Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center. According to the Army, Jordan subjected detainees to “forced nudity and intimidation by military working dogs;” he is also charged with giving false information during the subsequent investigations into abuse at Abu Ghraib.