by David Phinney
Friday July 12th 2024



Hearing Begins for Former Iraq Prison Commander

Some in Iraq say his code name is Cold Steele. Others say he is facing charges for “being too nice” to Iraqi prisoners.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. William H. Steele’s hearing began today in Baghdad on charges that he aided the enemy while in command of the prison at Camp Cropper in Iraq.

Steele’s chief attorney, Maj. David G. Barrett, complained during the opening session of the Article 32 hearing that his team had been denied the top secret security clearance to see evidence against their client.
“How can we cross-examine witnesses without that knowledge in such an important capital punishment case?” Barrett said.
At one point during the brief open session, Barrett said he had been thrown out of the office of Col. Mark Cremin, the prosecuting attorneys’ boss, during an argument about the defense‚Äôs access to top secret evidence.
“Be careful what you say,” said investigating officer Col. Elizabeth Fleming, who is presiding over the hearing.
“Yes, ma’am,” Barrett replied.

The Associated Press has the story.


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