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Sources: Abu Ghraib report casts wide net

Disciplinary action expected against military personnel

From Barbara Starr
CNN Washington Bureau

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new U.S. Army report on questionable practices by the military intelligence brigade at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison will recommend about two dozen personnel face possible disciplinary action, military sources tell CNN.

Known as the Fay report, it is expected to be released as soon as next week.

The investigation largely has been conducted by Maj. Gen. George Fay, the second-ranking Army intelligence officer.

So far, seven soldiers from the 372nd Military Police Company have been charged with abuse.

However, the report also will find that the abuse was not ordered by any senior commanders as part of approved interrogation practices, the military sources said.

The report does not hold brigade commander, Col. Thomas Pappas, criminally responsible, and he was not found to have participated in the abuse, the sources said.

However, he was found to have allowed a lack of good order and discipline in his brigade. He is expected to be the most senior military officer to be held directly responsible.

Some details of the Fay report's recommendations were first reported by The Baltimore Sun.

Sources said the report will have findings against intelligence brigade personnel who will be individually named.

Those findings then will be forwarded to U.S. Central Command, and depending on the recommendations, there could be criminal investigations, eventually leading to criminal charges or administrative disciplinary actions.

One official familiar with the findings said there was no evidence of a policy directive ordering the abuse as part of any approved practice and that the abuse appears to have occurred as a result of a lack of discipline by the troops involved.

The personnel to be named in the Fay report are said to mainly be members of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, but also a small number of civilian contractors and personnel from other government agencies, according to a military official who has seen portions of the report.

The personnel recommended for action are those found to have participated in the abuse.

Combined Joint Task Force 7, the initial top command organization in Baghdad during the abuse -- which occurred in late 2003 -- also will be criticized for failure to ensure the detention system run by the military in Iraq had enough personnel.


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