Can’t We At Least Send Them Home?

CAN’T WE AT LEAST SEND THEM HOME?….On Sunday I wrote that one of the civilians named in the Abu Ghraib investigation in February, a private contractor named Steven Stephanowicz, was apparently still working there. On Tuesday, the New York Times confirmed this:

More than two months after a classified Army report found that two contract workers were implicated in the abuse of Iraqis at a prison outside Baghdad, the companies that employ them say that they have heard nothing from the Pentagon, and that they have not removed any employees from Iraq.

For one of the employees, the Army report recommended “termination of employment” and revocation of his security clearance. For the other, it urged an official reprimand and review of his security clearance.

But J. P. London, chief executive of CACI, one of the companies involved, said in an interview on Monday that “we have not received any information or direction from the client regarding our work in country ? no charges, no communications, no citations, no calls to appear at the Pentagon.”

Ralph Williams, vice president for communications for Titan, the other company, also said Monday that the company has heard nothing, and that none of Titan’s workers have been recalled.

I guess since neither Richard Myers, Donald Rumsfeld, or George Bush has actually read the Taguba report, even though it was written two months ago, this isn’t too surprising. Maybe one of them ought to do so.

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