By Bradley GrahamWASHINGTON - What began several months ago with the emergence of shocking photographs showing a handful of U.S. troops abusing detain
August 25, 2004

By Bradley Graham

WASHINGTON - What began several months ago with the emergence of shocking photographs showing a handful of U.S. troops abusing detainees in Iraq has led this week to a broad indictment of U.S. military leadership and acknowledgment in two official reports that mistreatment of prisoners was more widespread than previously disclosed. The reports have served to undercut earlier portrayals of the abuse as largely the result of criminal misconduct by a small group of individuals. As recently as last month, an assessment by the Army's inspector general concluded the incidents could not be ascribed to systemic problems, describing them as "aberrations. Full article

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