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Warden fired at max-security western Md. prison

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Lee Cook

Summerland Key, FL

#1 Feb 6, 2014
It's about time he was fired ! Sorry but the inhumane treatment that was handed out to these inmates was criminal ! The Guards loved the lockdown because all they had to do was sit on their behinds and get paid.I am sure they loved serving bag lunches that weren't fit to eat.I am sure that they did nasty things to thefood too ! They have taken away any dignity that was left in some ofthe inmates. No fresh air or sun. They are still locked in all weekend. Just for the record they went for two weeks before they could shower. No visits and now its more difficult to visit as theyhave to be approved and since the family or inmates have limited communication its too hard.Attorney visits are also hard to set up. Wish the people that do this crap would have to do this for a month. You try eating Two hard boiled eggs and some bread at 6 AM and a Sandwich at 9AM and another garbage sandwich of cheese at 3 pm and then nothing til the next am and see how it is. They stopped allowing us to send books from the publisher due to contraband. How the publisher put it in ? They have problems at NBCI but a lot of itis caused by the Wardens policies and the guards . Idle hands brew trouble. They give them no outlet for their energy Give them access to reading material. Let the families send books. give them some classes. Myloved one has yet to get into a class. I sent self help books, Anger Management books, NA books. Now youcan't even send a bible, a Birthday, Christmas or any other type of card. That place is so bad that the BGF inmate from Baltimore City was moved after a week because it was too hard on him ! What's up with that ?
THORN

Essex, MD

#2 Feb 7, 2014
THERE ARE MANY OF US WHO FEEL THE SAME WAY. COMPLAINTS AND ANY HELP FOR OUR LOVED ONES GO UNHEARD AND THERE ARE ALWAYS GOOD REASONS , SO THEY SAY. IT REALLY TRUELY IS A NO WIN SITUATION. NO ONE TAKES THE TIME TO LOOK HARD INTO ANYTHING THAT GOES ON, UNTIL IT IS TO LATE AND THAN IT IS ALWAYS THE INMATES FAULT WITH NO REASONING BEHIND IT, ACCORDING TO THEM.ANOTHER THING THEY EXPECT THE INMATES TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY OF THERE ACTIONS AND BE ACCOUNTABLE BUT, THEY PASS THE BUCK AND NO ONE SEEMS TO NO ANYTHING OR DOES ANYTHING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OR BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANYTHING THEY DO,UNLESS OF COURSE THEY ARE AN INMATE. I BELIEVE THERE JOB IS DIFFICULT, BUT THEY CHOSE IT AND I THINK THEY SHOULD DO TH BEST THEY CAN WITHOUT MAKNG IT MORE DIFFICULT ON THEMSELVES OR INMATES. LET'S NOT FORGET WE ARE ALL HUMANS. I THINK THERE IS ALOT OF JUDGING GOING ON AND ALOT OF THINGS GET SWEPT UNDER THE RUG. AFTER ALL WHO IS WATCHING THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY DO WHAT THEY AARE SUPPOSE TO NOT WHAT THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH.
AMAZED

Frostburg, MD

#3 Feb 18, 2014
oh my God i laughed at how stupid you people are. the lies you spew are amazing...first off we prepared the meals and didn't spit in them or do anything to them cause we aren't inhuman dirty inmates. and being on lockdown is actually more work for us as we have to cuff and take your scumbag piece of trash murdering raping relative everywhere that slimy piece of trash has to go. i got a deal with you when you all figure out a way that the dead victims of your sleezy trashy relatives victim can go outside or read a hardback book then we will let them do the same. our jobs our very difficult, but that is because we deal with sole less murderers and rapists everyday who are trying to get over. THORN if you are such an expert on being a CO why don't you apply. these inmates despise us because we follow the rules unlike where they came from. you know people like you. a bunch of worthless skank bag crack whores who where banging scuzzy low life inmates and bringing in contraband. and Thorn point out an exact case where something was swept under the rug. you people are stupid and ignorant and have no idea how prison goes except what your lying sleezy inmate family members tells you. we tried to let them act like they where in a medium security prison, but the inmates chose to stab and attack officers 15 in one month. hopefully, but doubtful they have learned there lesson. and as far as the bag lunches. THEY GOT THEMSELVES SENT TO PRISON. what about the victims...how dare you complain these piece of trashes have murdered pregant women, children, and lots of other innocent people. get a life...but with people like you in this world i know i will always have a job...so cry your little eyes out that your piece of trash inmate relative who can't even follow the rules of society and be a decent human being got sent to prison now he can't have a book...BOOO HOOO. and Warden Shearin did the right thing by locking the prison down and it ain't over where he is concerned, because the plan he proposed is the plan that is being used.
MISS WORTHINGTON

Nottingham, MD

#4 Mar 1, 2014
TO AMAZED...YOU SOUND LIKE SOMEONE FROM THE GUTTER! THE FACTS DO GET OUT REGARDLESS . WHEN INMATES FROM DIFFERENT SECTIONS ALL TELL THE SAME STORY,IT MUST BE TRUE! YOU ALL NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT NOT ALL THE INMATES ARE GARBAGE REGARDLESS OF HOW THEY ENDED UP THERE . THE CONTRABAND THAT GETS INTO THE PRISON IS MORE LIKELY TO COME IN BY THE WORKERS THAN THE VISITORS ! THE WAY WE ARE SCREENED BEFORE WE EVEN GET INTO THE PRISON LEAVES LITTLE ROOM FOR ANYONE BUT THEM TO GET IN ! IF YOUHATEYOURJOBSOMUCHISUGGEST YOU QUITAND GO WHEREYOU WILL FIND OUT HOW IT IS IN THE REALWORLD. YOUR JOB IS TO THINGS UNDER CONTROLBUT NOT TO MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY OR VERBALLY ABUSE THE PRISONERS. NOT ALL INMATES ARE TROUBLE MAKERS REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE. I KNOW FOR A FACT HOW HARD YOU MAKE IT FOR SOME INMATES. I KNOW THAT FROM A CO UP THERE ! JUST REMEMBER THAT GOD IS THE JUDGE, NOT YOU. HOW WILL YOU BE JUDGED ?
AMAZED

Frostburg, MD

#5 Mar 2, 2014
i will be judged to be ok...unlike your relative who killed an innocent person. so don't preach to me and try and be all high and mighty. if you all did a better job raising your kids prisons wouldn't be so full. and i never brought up anything about race. i love my job i just don't care what you have to say about what you think is going on there. and let me guess i could join your interpretation of the real world...let's see food stamps, free medical, and rent vouchers. security is paramount. you forget this is a maximum security prison. so if your loved one had behaved he wouldn't be here. if your loved ones crime wasn't so heinous they wouldn't be here. so don't try and act like your are all that and that you have some right to judge me and tell me about God. Again you say it comes from different sources. and like i have told you all again and again there are cameras everywhere...there is no place where you can go where you aren't on camera, and i know we CO's here are racists and bigots because we won't bring in contraband for your little innocent angel. again you all are really pathetic..trying to preach God to me. maybe you shoulda preached some to your loved one when they where younger then they wouldn't have turned out to be worthless blights on society.
THORN

Essex, MD

#6 Mar 5, 2014
Hey amazed, you have nothing productive to say. Everything is name calling and trying to degrade someone you have no knowledge of, and defending things you know are happening. As far as wanting to know specifics, I will use the correct channels so to speak, to accomplish my goals. I personally think you have many issues yourself and should seek help with them, you definitely don't belong in the job setting your have. it sounds like you are the one boo whoing. Not all inmates there deserve to be looked at or treated the way you think they should. I am sure some are just trying to get through there time without problems or being provoked by assholes like you.
perplexed

Waldorf, MD

#7 Mar 6, 2014
This explains it all-
BaldEagle
05-08-04, 10:42 AM
May 6, 2004
THE PRISON GUARDS
Abuse Charges Bring Anguish in Unit's Home
By JAMES DAO and PAUL von ZIELBAUER
CUMBERLAND, Md., May 5 Specialist Charles A. Graner Jr. is a guard at one of Pennsylvania's most heavily secured death row prisons, accused by his former wife of violent behavior.
Pfc. Lynndie R. England was married and divorced before she was 21, worked at a chicken-processing plant in West Virginia and
And Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick, another prison guard, planned to quit the Army Reserve this year to spend more time fishing near his rural home in central Virginia. But he did not get out soon enough.
They are some of the principal people in, or behind, the photographs that have riveted the world: souvenir-like snapshots of American soldiers from the 372nd Military Police Company grinning triumphantly and flashing thumbs-up signs in front of naked Iraqi prisoners.
The photographs are just the tip of an expanding investigation into accusations that members of several Army units, including the 372nd, systematically abused, humiliated and beat Iraqi detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad starting last year.
Six soldiers from the 372nd, a reserve unit out of Cumberland, are expected to face courts-martial, including Specialist Graner and Sergeant Frederick. Six officers have been issued career-ending reprimands. And government leaders across the world, including President Bush, have demanded stiff punishment for anyone found guilty.
But nowhere has the soul searching been more anguished than in this slice of Appalachia, where many members of the 372nd live and where, until last week, the unit was a huge source of patriotic pride.
Like Reserve units across the country, the 372nd is in many ways typical of its community. Its commander, Capt. Donald Reese, is a traveling salesman with a company that sells window blinds. Several soldiers work at prisons that are among the region's largest employers. One of the implicated soldiers bagged groceries at a local I.G.A. Another was an auto mechanic.
Most joined the Reserves because they wanted to see the world, liked the camaraderie, needed the extra money or hoped to receive college benefits, unit members said. Few expected to be going to war. Fewer still anticipated they would operate a grim prison once used by the Iraqi government to torture dissidents.
Yet for all the empathy local residents feel for the 372nd, some of the unit's biggest boosters express disgust with the pictures they see on their television screens daily.
"I cried when I saw those photographs," said Kerry Shoemaker-Davis, who served in the 372nd until three years ago, when she left to have a baby, and whose husband is still with the unit in Iraq. "I felt,`Oh my God, how can anyone do that?' I was angry at the soldiers. And actually embarrassed for these prisoners."
An internal Army report made public this week described Specialist Graner, 35, as supervising some of the abusive behavior. He also appears in several photographs, including one in which he stands with arms folded over a pile of naked Iraqi men.
Specialist Graner, who wears a Marine Corps eagle tattoo on his right arm, served in the corps from April 1988 until May 1996, when he left with the rank of corporal, according to military records. He went to work immediately at the State Correctional Institution Greene, in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he has held an entry-level corrections officer position ever since.
Two years after he arrived at Greene, the prison was at the center of an abuse scandal. Prison officials declined to say whether Specialist Graner had been disciplined in that case, citing privacy laws.
Inmates and advocates for prisoner rights asserted in 1998 that guards at the prison routinely beat and humiliated prisoners, including through a sadistic game of Simon Says in which guards struck prisoners who failed to comply with barked instructions.
perplexed

Waldorf, MD

#8 Mar 6, 2014
This explains it all
BaldEagle
05-08-04, 10:42 AM
May 6, 2004
THE PRISON GUARDS
Abuse Charges Bring Anguish in Unit's Home
By JAMES DAO and PAUL von ZIELBAUER
CUMBERLAND, Md., May 5 Specialist Charles A. Graner Jr. is a guard at one of Pennsylvania's most heavily secured death row prisons, accused by his former wife of violent behavior.
Pfc. Lynndie R. England was married and divorced before she was 21, worked at a chicken-processing plant in West Virginia and wanted to attend college to become a storm-chasing meteorologist.
And Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick, another prison guard, planned to quit the Army Reserve this year to spend more time fishing near his rural home in central Virginia. But he did not get out soon enough.
They are some of the principal people in, or behind, the photographs that have riveted the world: souvenir-like snapshots of American soldiers from the 372nd Military Police Company grinning triumphantly and flashing thumbs-up signs in front of naked Iraqi prisoners.
The photographs are just the tip of an expanding investigation into accusations that members of several Army units, including the 372nd, systematically abused, humiliated and beat Iraqi detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad starting last year.
Six soldiers from the 372nd, a reserve unit out of Cumberland, are expected to face courts-martial, including Specialist Graner and Sergeant Frederick. Six officers have been issued career-ending reprimands. And government leaders across the world, including President Bush, have demanded stiff punishment for anyone found guilty.
But nowhere has the soul searching been more anguished than in this slice of Appalachia, where many members of the 372nd live and where, until last week, the unit was a huge source of patriotic pride.
Like Reserve units across the country, the 372nd is in many ways typical of its community. Its commander, Capt. Donald Reese, is a traveling salesman with a company that sells window blinds. Several soldiers work at prisons that are among the region's largest employers. One of the implicated soldiers bagged groceries at a local I.G.A. Another was an auto mechanic.
Most joined the Reserves because they wanted to see the world, liked the camaraderie, needed the extra money or hoped to receive college benefits, unit members said. Few expected to be going to war. Fewer still anticipated they would operate a grim prison once used by the Iraqi government to torture dissidents.
Yet for all the empathy local residents feel for the 372nd, some of the unit's biggest boosters express disgust with the pictures they see on their television screens daily.
"I cried when I saw those photographs," said Kerry Shoemaker-Davis, who served in the 372nd until three years ago, when she left to have a baby, and whose husband is still with the unit in Iraq. "I felt,`Oh my God, how can anyone do that?' I was angry at the soldiers. And actually embarrassed for these prisoners."
An internal Army report made public this week described Specialist Graner, 35, as supervising some of the abusive behavior. He also appears in several photographs, including one in which he stands with arms folded over a pile of naked Iraqi men.
Specialist Graner, who wears a Marine Corps eagle tattoo on his right arm, served in the corps from April 1988 until May 1996, when he left with the rank of corporal, according to military records. He went to work immediately at the State Correctional Institution Greene, in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he has held an entry-level corrections officer position ever since.
Two years after he arrived at Greene, the prison was at the center of an abuse scandal. Prison officials declined to say whether Specialist Graner had been disciplined in that case, citing privacy laws.
Inmates and advocates for prisoner rights asserted in 1998 that guards at the prison routinely beat and humiliated prisoners,
perplexed

Waldorf, MD

#9 Mar 6, 2014
Abu Ghraib- May 6, 2004
THE PRISON GUARDS
Abuse Charges Bring Anguish in Unit's Home
By JAMES DAO and PAUL von ZIELBAUER CUMBERLAND, Md., May 5 Specialist Charles A. Graner Jr. is a guard at one of Pennsylvania's most heavily secured death row prisons, accused by his former wife of violent behavior.Pfc. Lynndie R. England was married and divorced before she was 21, worked at a chicken-processing plant in West Virginia and wanted to attend college to become a storm-chasing meteorologist.And Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick, another prison guard, planned to quit the Army Reserve this year to spend more time fishing near his rural home in central Virginia. But he did not get out soon enough.They are some of the principal people in, or behind, the photographs that have riveted the world: souvenir-like snapshots of American soldiers from the 372nd Military Police Company grinning triumphantly and flashing thumbs-up signs in front of naked Iraqi prisoners.The photographs are just the tip of an expanding investigation into accusations that members of several Army units, including the 372nd, systematically abused, humiliated and beat Iraqi detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad starting last year.Six soldiers from the 372nd, a reserve unit out of Cumberland, are expected to face courts-martial, including Specialist Graner and Sergeant Frederick. Six officers have been issued career-ending reprimands. And government leaders across the world, including President Bush, have demanded stiff punishment for anyone found guilty.But nowhere has the soul searching been more anguished than in this slice of Appalachia, where many members of the 372nd live and where, until last week, the unit was a huge source of patriotic pride.Like Reserve units across the country, the 372nd is in many ways typical of its community. Its commander, Capt. Donald Reese, is a traveling salesman with a company that sells window blinds. Several soldiers work at prisons that are among the region's largest employers. One of the implicated soldiers bagged groceries at a local I.G.A. Another was an auto mechanic.Most joined the Reserves because they wanted to see the world, liked the camaraderie, needed the extra money or hoped to receive college benefits, unit members said. Few expected to be going to war. Fewer still anticipated they would operate a grim prison once used by the Iraqi government to torture dissidents.Yet for all the empathy local residents feel for the 372nd, some of the unit's biggest boosters express disgust with the pictures they see on their television screens daily."I cried when I saw those photographs," said Kerry Shoemaker-Davis, who served in the 372nd until three years ago, when she left to have a baby, and whose husband is still with the unit in Iraq. "I felt,`Oh my God, how can anyone do that?' I was angry at the soldiers. And actually embarrassed for these prisoners."An internal Army report made public this week described Specialist Graner, 35, as supervising some of the abusive behavior. He also appears in several photographs, including one in which he stands with arms folded over a pile of naked Iraqi men.Specialist Graner, who wears a Marine Corps eagle tattoo on his right arm, served in the corps from April 1988 until May 1996, when he left with the rank of corporal, according to military records. He went to work immediately at the State Correctional Institution Greene, in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he has held an entry-level corrections officer position ever since.Two years after he arrived at Greene, the prison was at the center of an abuse scandal.
perplexed

Waldorf, MD

#10 Mar 6, 2014
Prison officials declined to say whether Specialist Graner had been disciplined in that case, citing privacy laws.Inmates and advocates for prisoner rights asserted in 1998 that guards at the prison routinely beat and humiliated prisoners, including through a sadistic game of Simon Says in which guards struck prisoners who failed to comply with barked instructions.After an investigation, the warden was transferred, two lieutenants were fired and about two dozen guards were reprimanded, demoted or suspended. Specialist Graner was involved in a bitter divorce. In court papers, his wife, Staci, accused him of beating her, threatening her with guns, stalking her after they separated in 1997 and breaking into her home. Since 1997, local judges have issued at least three orders of protection against him, records show.One court document filed in February 1998 typified Staci Graner's complaints. "Charles picked me up and threw me against the wall," she said. She added that he had begun sneaking into her home at night to scare her. "I just don't think this is normal behavior, and he does frighten me," she wrote.Guy Womack, a lawyer for Specialist Graner, said, "He is not violent in any way like that."Sergeant Frederick, whom military investigators have accused of overseeing much of the abuse at Abu Ghraib, works as a corrections officer at the Buckingham Correctional Center in central Virginia, a medium-security prison.Friends and relatives described Sergeant Frederick, 37, as an unassuming, slow-to-anger man who grew up camping and fishing in the rolling forests of western Maryland. His father, also named Ivan, worked for coal companies landscaping strip-mined mountaintops and raced stock cars in his spare time.Sergeant Frederick joined the Army Reserve in high school, inspired partly by his uncle William Lawson, who spent 23 years traveling the world with the Air Force. After high school, he worked at a Bausch & Lomb sunglasses factory in Mountain Lake, Md., before it moved to Mexico, Mr. Lawson said. He then studied criminal justice at a local community college, hoping to become a police officer.He quit school in 1996 to take a job at Buckingham. There, he met the woman he later married, Martha, who works in the prison's training department. She has two daughters, 18 and 14, by a previous marriage.Weary of the strain of long eployments and monthly training, Sergeant Frederick put in for retirement about two years ago, Mrs. Frederick said. But he was told he had not reached the 20 years of service needed for a full pension, and he stayed on. He reached his 20th year last month, Mrs. Frederick said.Now he awaits trial in a military base in Iraq. "It's a horrible thing," she said. "But that doesn't matter; I just want him home."The face that has become best known in the scandal belongs to a woman who, her family contends, was the least involved: Private England, who flashes jaunty thumbs-up signs in several photographs.
Trained to be an Army administrator, Private England, who has not been charged, helped process prisoners by taking fingerprints and filing reports. "She didn't guard them, she booked them," her mother, Terrie England, said. "She just happened to be there when they took those photographs."But military officials say Private England, 21, may have frequently visited the prison because she was romantically involved with Specialist Graner. They say she is pregnant and has been sent to Fort Bragg, N.C., where she continues to be questioned by investigators. Her parents said she had not told them she was pregnant.Friends and relatives describe Private England as tough and independent, "a woman who's not afraid to break a nail," said Mrs. Shoemaker-Davis, who was previously with the 372nd. She joined the Reserves over her mother's objections while she was in high school because she wanted money for college, relatives said."It's not that we couldn't afford it," Mrs. England said.
perplexed

Waldorf, MD

#11 Mar 6, 2014
Prison officials declined to say whether Specialist Graner had been disciplined in that case, citing privacy laws.Inmates and advocates for prisoner rights asserted in 1998 that guards at the prison routinely beat and humiliated prisoners, including through a sadistic game of Simon Says in which guards struck prisoners who failed to comply with barked instructions.After an investigation, the warden was transferred, two lieutenants were fired and about two dozen guards were reprimanded, demoted or suspended.Specialist Graner was involved in a bitter divorce. In court papers, his wife, Staci, accused him of beating her, threatening her with guns, stalking her after they separated in 1997 and breaking into her home. Since 1997, local judges have issued at least three orders of protection against him, records show.One court document filed in February 1998 typified Staci Graner's complaints. "Charles picked me up and threw me against the wall," she said. She added that he had begun sneaking into her home at night to scare her. "I just don't think this is normal behavior, and he does frighten me," she wrote.Guy Womack, a lawyer for Specialist Graner, said, "He is not violent in any way like that."Sergeant Frederick, whom military investigators have accused of overseeing much of the abuse at Abu Ghraib, works as a corrections officer at the Buckingham Correctional Center in central Virginia, a medium-security prison.Friends and relatives described Sergeant Frederick, 37, as an unassuming, slow-to-anger man who grew up camping and fishing in the rolling forests of western Maryland. His father, also named Ivan, worked for coal companies landscaping strip-mined mountaintops and raced stock cars in his spare time.Sergeant Frederick joined the Army Reserve in high school, inspired partly by his uncle William Lawson, who spent 23 years traveling the world with the Air Force. After high school, he worked at a Bausch & Lomb sunglasses factory in Mountain Lake, Md., before it moved to Mexico, Mr. Lawson said. He then studied criminal justice at a local community college, hoping to become a police officer.
He quit school in 1996 to take a job at Buckingham. There, he met the woman he later married, Martha, who works in the prison's training department. She has two daughters, 18 and 14, by a previous marriage.Weary of the strain of long deployments and monthly training, Sergeant Frederick put in for retirement about two years ago, Mrs. Frederick said.
perplexed

Waldorf, MD

#12 Mar 6, 2014
But he was told he had not reached the 20 years of service needed for a full pension, and he stayed on. He reached his 20th year last month, Mrs. Frederick said.

Now he awaits trial in a military base in Iraq. "It's a horrible thing," she said. "But that doesn't matter; I just want him home."

The face that has become best known in the scandal belongs to a woman who, her family contends, was the least involved: Private England, who flashes jaunty thumbs-up signs in several photographs.

Trained to be an Army administrator, Private England, who has not been charged, helped process prisoners by taking fingerprints and filing reports. "She didn't guard them, she booked them," her mother, Terrie England, said. "She just happened to be there when they took those photographs."

But military officials say Private England, 21, may have frequently visited the prison because she was romantically involved with Specialist Graner. They say she is pregnant and has been sent to Fort Bragg, N.C., where she continues to be questioned by investigators. Her parents said she had not told them she was pregnant.

Friends and relatives describe Private England as tough and independent, "a woman who's not afraid to break a nail," said Mrs. Shoemaker-Davis, who was previously with the 372nd. She joined the Reserves over her mother's objections while she was in high school because she wanted money for college, relatives said.

"It's not that we couldn't afford it," Mrs. England said. "She had to do it on her own. She's stubborn like that."

Private England was born in Kentucky and moved with her family to a spacious trailer in Fort Ashby, W.Va., after her father, a railroad utility worker, was transferred. As a girl, she loved violent weather and stood outside to catch glimpses of lighting storms and even a tornado, her parents said. Briefly married to longtime friend, she was divorced before she left for Iraq last year.

Her parents said she was thrilled to go to Iraq, but has become bitter by her experiences there. So have they, accusing the government of trying to frame their daughter to protect senior officers.
perplexed

Waldorf, MD

#13 Mar 6, 2014
"Our government is so deceiving," Mrs. England said. "They tell you what they want you to know. They make this person look as bad as she can. But everything she did she did because someone high up told her to."

Other members of the unit have been accused of wrongdoing, including Specialist Sabrina Harman from Virginia, who told military investigators that her job was "to keep detainees awake." Specialist Jeremy Sivits, from a small Pennsylvania town north of Cumberland, is thought by military officials to have taken the photographs.

And there is also the man that brought the affair to light: Specialist Joseph M. Darby, who lives just outside Cumberland, who has been commended by military investigators for turning over evidence of the abuse.

Sergeant Frederick's family and Specialist Graner's lawyer argue that the men were following orders from intelligence officers and interrogators when they abused prisoners.

Roughing up prisoners or humiliating them by posing them in sexually provocative positions was intended to soften, shock or intimidate the prisoners for intelligence-gathering purposes, they asserted.

"He had alternatives" Mr. Lawson said. "He chose one that involved the least physical abuse."

Fox Butterfield contributing reporting from Boston for this article.
Lee Cook

Key West, FL

#14 Mar 9, 2014
AMAZED....YOU ARE A RACIST BIGOT ! YOUR WHOLE CONVERSATION IS ABOUT TEARING PEOPLE UP. YOU HAVE NOT A CLUE ABOUT SOME INMATES OR THEIR FAMILIES. NOT EVERYONE IS ON WELFARE OR GETTING FOOD STAMPS. SOMETIMES THE GOOD CAN JUST MAKE A HORRIBLE DECISION AND THEY HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE.. THEY ARE STILL HUMAN AND AFTER SEEING HOW YOU ARE RESPONDING TO OUR THOUGHTS IT JUST MAKES ME WANT TO SEE YOU AND PUT A FACE TO THE PERSON THAT IS SO FILLED WITH HATE. YOU DON'T BELONG IN THAT JOB. YES YOU WILL BE JUDGED ONE DAY AND I HOPE ITS NOT TOO SOON !
AMAZED

Frostburg, MD

#15 Mar 10, 2014
lol...the Abu-Ghraib people have no affiliation with the Maryland DPSCS...that Graner guy worked for the PA DOC. And I am not a racist, I get tired of hearing people just spew untrue facts. And things some people say are just not possible. Again I say you can not especially at this moment through someone in seg for no reason. And I understand that some people have the wrong place wrong time. Those are usually the good inmates. What i am talking about are the unrepentant inmates who laugh and joke about killing people. And just because I am white and work as a CO does not make me a racist. I read through all my posts and in them there is not one racist remark. I believe it is the other way around because you automatically believe that just because i am white i have to be a racist. you people have no idea what it is like to work in a prison and then have people on the outside who never have been inside try and say that we are doing all these things. well let me tell you. Maryland is a very liberal state. you should all be grateful that your loved ones are here. because in some other states for the one who killed people they would prolly be on death row. an beyond that if they weren't they would be on lock down. this place is very unsafe do to the gangs that do exist. gangs that constantly say the second they come off of lockdown they are gonna stab up officers. so before you comment more you should realize that if you are going to spew falsehoods i am gonna reply to those rumors that aren't true. just some of the things you hear, like for example a person drove 8 hours to visit an inmate and the inmate didn't put that person on a visiting list. now some how that is our fault. know the inmate knows that anyone he has to come and visit must be on a approved visitors list. before i drove 8 hours anywhere i would make sure that where i was going i was allowed to be. and then there are inmates who get put in seg for no reason. again that doesn't happen. you just can't put someone on seg for no reason there are 7 qualifying reasons. and one of those reasons must be proved right away. so before you speak learn the rules of the prison which are online. and really stop calling every person a racist, because you sound ignorant and really makes you look like a racist bigot. if your only qualifying requirement to identify a racist is that you are black and the other person is white therefore that white person has to be a racist then well you are the racist.
Betty

Southfield, MI

#16 Mar 19, 2014
I thought when the new warden was brought in (Bishop) that things have started to get better for the inmates? I thought his goal was to get the prison running as a normal facility again, slowly starting up programs and letting them slowly start ordering items off commissary
Has anything changed at all, even in the smallest way?
AMAZED

Frostburg, MD

#17 Mar 26, 2014
UMMM...we let them all out, they start stabbing up each other and staff..so some of them are allowed out. Walking to chow. But not everybody. But this being Maryland I'm sure they will be out soon enough to continue what they started last summer. Even though there are verified threats. I hope i get hit, that way I can sue these people who run the prison system.
Wetnet

Markham, Canada

#18 May 21, 2015
Lee Cook wrote:
It's about time he was fired ! Sorry but the inhumane treatment that was handed out to these inmates was criminal ! The Guards loved the lockdown because all they had to do was sit on their behinds and get paid.I am sure they loved serving bag lunches that weren't fit to eat.I am sure that they did nasty things to thefood too ! They have taken away any dignity that was left in some ofthe inmates. No fresh air or sun. They are still locked in all weekend. Just for the record they went for two weeks before they could shower. No visits and now its more difficult to visit as theyhave to be approved and since the family or inmates have limited communication its too hard.Attorney visits are also hard to set up. Wish the people that do this crap would have to do this for a month. You try eating Two hard boiled eggs and some bread at 6 AM and a Sandwich at 9AM and another garbage sandwich of cheese at 3 pm and then nothing til the next am and see how it is. They stopped allowing us to send books from the publisher due to contraband. How the publisher put it in ? They have problems at NBCI but a lot of itis caused by the Wardens policies and the guards . Idle hands brew trouble. They give them no outlet for their energy Give them access to reading material. Let the families send books. give them some classes. Myloved one has yet to get into a class. I sent self help books, Anger Management books, NA books. Now youcan't even send a bible, a Birthday, Christmas or any other type of card. That place is so bad that the BGF inmate from Baltimore City was moved after a week because it was too hard on him ! What's up with that ?
Boo hoo hoo. Welcome to Hell. They all deserve it.

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