US drops charge against Abu Ghraib accused. 06/02/2005. ABC News Online
US drops charge against Abu Ghraib accused. 06/02/2005. ABC News Online: "The US Government has dropped the main charge against a female soldier who posed in front of a pyramid of naked Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison.
The charge against Sabrina Harman, over viewing and failing to prevent other soldiers from forcing detainees to masturbate, was dropped without discussion. The charge carried a maximum sentence of five years.
Harman now faces five counts of maltreatment, one count of of conspiracy and one count of dereliction of duty.
When charges were filed in March, she faced a maximum 17-year sentence.
The latest dropped charge reduced the possible maximum sentence to 6.5 years, said Captain Patsy Takemura, Harman's military lawyer.
The Government dropped four other charges against her in August.
Harman still faces four counts over taking or posing in photographs depicting detainees in sexually humiliating poses - including the naked pyramid photo.
She is also accused of attaching wires to a hooded detainee and telling him he would be electrocuted if he fell off the box on which he was standing.
Attorneys for Harman argued that charges related to the photographs of hooded detainees should be dismissed, because victims must be aware of abuse in order to be abused. "
victims must be aware of abuse in order to be abused - exactly what kind of double talk is this? A six year old understands what abuse is.