2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 15, 2004
GIs face charges for prison deaths NEWS IN BRIEF
WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to 28
U.S. soldiers face possible criminal
charges in connection with the deaths
of two prisoners at an American-run
prison in Afghanistan two years ago,
the Army announced yesterday.
The most serious potential charges
include involuntary manslaughter and
maiming, the Army said in a statement.
Its announcement marked comple-
tion of a nearly two-year-old inves-
tigation into the deaths. The Army's
Criminal Investigation Division rec-
ommends various charges against the
28, with some facing more serious
charges than others.
So far, only one person, a military
police reservist, has actually been
charged in connection the deaths. Sgt.
James Boland of the Army Reserve's
377th Military Policy Company, based
in Cincinnati, was charged Aug. 23
with assault and dereliction of duty.
For the others, their command-
ing officers will make the final call
on whether they face a court-martial,
administrative discipline or no disci-
The deaths, in early December 2002,
were ruled homicides by U.S. military
Others who are expected to face
charges are from the 519th Military
Intelligence Battalion from Fort Bragg,
N.C. Some members of the 519th went
from Afghanistan to Iraq in 2003 and
are among those accused by Army
investigators of abusing Iraqi detain-
ees in the fall of 2003.
Jumana Musa, an advocacy director
with Amnesty International, said in a
statement that the investigation into
the deaths took far too long, and that
the 22-month interval "is not condu-
cive to protecting prisoners from tor-
ture and abuse."
"In fact, the failure to promptly
account for the prisoners' deaths indi-
cates a chilling disregard for the value of
human life and may have laid the ground-
work for further abuses in Abu Ghraib
and elsewhere," Musa said. She called for
an independent investigation into all U.S.
detention operations overseas.
Some of the U.S. soldiers facing charges in
the deaths of two Afghan prisoners are from
the same battalion that is accused of abusing
Iraqi detainees last year.
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In the first case, Mullah Habibullah,
believed to be about 28, died of "pul-
monary embolism due to blunt force
injuries to the legs," according to doc-
tors. He was in detention at Bagram,
Afghanistan. Previous reports said he
died Dec. 3; the Army's announcement
yesterday put his death as Dec. 4.
About a week later, on Dec. 10, an
Afghan identified only as Dilawar, 22,
died in U.S. custody at Bagram. Doc-
tors blamed his death on "blunt force
injuries to lower extremities compli-
cating coronary artery disease."
Sgt. Boland's charge sheet lists one
count of dereliction of duty in connec-
tion with Habibullah's death.
The sheet says Boland, who was a
guard at the Bagram prison, was der-
elict "in that he negligently, willfully or
through culpable inefficiency" failed to
take corrective action against another
soldier who struck Habibullah while he
was restrained. The name of the other
soldier was blacked out for privacy rea-
sons; his rank was specialist.
The other charges are in connection
with Dilawar's death. Boland is accused
of dereliction of duty for failing to seek
medical treatment for the prisoner, "who
was visibly in need of medical care and
later died," according to the charge sheet
issued by Army Forces Command.
Boland also is charged with mal-
treating Dilawar "by shackling him
in a standing position with hands sus-
pended above shoulder level for a pro-
longed period of time."
U.S. security review
WASHINGTON (AP) - Deadly
bombings in Baghdad's Green Zone
have touched off a U.S. security review
and a search for evidence to determine
if terrorists linked to Abu Musab al-
Zarqawi carried out the attacks.
Two bombers penetrated the tightly
guarded area of the Iraqi capital and
struck at a bazaar close to the U.S.
Embassy annex and at a cafe. Witnesses
said both carried backpacks and spent
considerable time sipping tea in a cafe
Four employees of the private U.S.
security firm DynCorp were killed and
a fifth wounded. Three State Depart-
ment workers were injured. At least six
Condemning the bombings and
extending sympathies to the families of
the victims, State Department spokesman
Richard Boucher said yesterday, "Our
people who go out (to Iraq) know that they
are serving in dangerous circumstances."
But, he said, "It's obviously very sad
and unfortunate when something hap-
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believe that government balance is
important. I believe our city gov-
ernment can be more effective with
everyone involved," Lumm said.
Hieftje and Lumm have oppos-
ing views on the Greenbelt project,
approved by voters last year to save
open spaces in Ann Arbor, protect
the Huron River and preserve green-
ways and parks in an overall effort
to curtail urban' sprawl.
During the project's planning
phase, Lumm did not support the
measure because she said the coun-
cil rushed to place the measure on
pens to them or to the Iraqis who are
working with them in the Green Zone
and elsewhere in the country."
Americans and Iraqis working at
the embassy were instructed to remain
inside the complex indefinitely. Bouch-
er said an investigation and security
sweeps were under way.
Two other U.S. officials said the con-
tract workers were from DynCorp, which
assists in trying to protect U.S. facilities.
Mike Dickerson, a spokesman for Com-
puter Services Corp., DynCorp's parent
company, said three employees had been
killed. and a fourth was missing. Their
identities were not being released pending
notification of their families.
Security arrangements were put
under immediate review. Boucher said
it is "much too early to start speculat-
ing" about possible changes.
"Every time there is an incident like
this we automatically look for what we
can do to improve security for every-
body who lives and works in these
areas," Boucher said.
Sharon: All settlers will leave Gaza
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that all 8.200 Jewish settlers will
be pulled out of the Gaza Strip starting next summer and the operation will last
12 weeks. In the meantime, Sharon said Israel would broaden its military offen-
sive "until the shooting stops."
In Washington, the Bush administration renewed its approval of a planned
pullout from Gaza and said the timing was up to Sharon's government but hoped
the withdrawal will be a link to a peace based on the "road map" plan.
Israel Radio reported that the pullout would begin in May, but participants in
the closed parliamentary meeting Sharon addressed yesterday quoted him as say-
ing only that it would start in the summer.
The original "unilateral disengagement" plan, approved in June, called for a
four-stage pullout beginning in summer 2005. Sharon tried to advance the date tol
the beginning of 2005, but a month ago reverted to the original formula.
Early yesterday, Israeli tanks and bulldozers pulled back from the Palestinian
town of Beit Lahiya earlier in the day after tearing up roads, flattening green-
houses and knocking down dozens of houss.
U.S. trade gap with China at all-time hi
The trade deficit jumped to the second-highest level in history as surging demand
for foreign oil swamped a small gain in U.S. exports, the government reported yes-
terday. America's trade gap with China hit an all-time high as retailers stocked up
on cell phones, toys and televisions in preparation for Christmas sales.
The worse-than-expected trade performance in August - a deficit of $54 billion
- represented a 6.9 percent widening from July's trade gap of $50.5 billion. The
record monthly deficit was set in June at $55 billion.
Exports, helped by a rise in shipments of commercial aircraft and record foreign sales
of American cars and auto parts, rose by a slight 0.1 percent to $96 billion in August.
However, this improvement was overwhelmed by a 2.5 percent surge in imports to a
record $150.1 billion as America's foreign oil bill climbed to the highest level in his-
tory. The average price for crude oil jumped to a 23-year high of $36.37 per barrel.
Analysts said the bad news on trade will only get worse in coming months given
that oil prices have continued to soar, with crude oil hitting a new record of $54.76
per barrel yesterday.
U.S.-Russian crew takes off for space station
A new Russian-U.S. crew headed to the international space station yesterday, surging
into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft none of the three astronauts has piloted before.
The Soyuz have been the only manned vehicles able to reach the orbiting
research lab since the U.S. space shuttle fleet was grounded 20 months ago after
the Columbia burned up on re-entry.
Russians Salizhan Sharipov and Yuri Shargin and American Leroy Chiao were 4
flying their first mission in a Soyuz spacecraft - a rare rupture with a tradition of
having at least one crewman with previous experience in piloting the capsule.
Chiao and Sharipov both have flown U.S. space shuttles, while Shargin is a
Study: Cell phones may raise risk of rare tumor
A Swedish study suggests that people who use a cell phone for at least 10 years
might increase their risk of developing a rare benign tumor along a nerve onthe
side of the head where they hold the phone.
In an interview yesterday with The Associated Press, one of the researchers
behind the preliminary study, Anders Ahlbom, said the results were surprising and
more research is needed.
Several previous studies have investigated whether the use of cell phones is
linked to an increased risk of brain tumors. Although experiments have shown
radiation from mobile phones can affect brain cells in a lab, more relevant studies
on people have found no evidence that the phones pose a health risk.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports
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Baghdad after two bombs were detonated in the Green Zone yesterday.
the ballot without consulting all city
officials. "I didn't support it initial-
ly, but I will ensure it's implemented
in a way that is consistent with (the
voter's) views," Lumm said.
Hieftje was among the chief sup-
porters of the project.
One of the challenges Lumm
has faced in running for mayor is
the homogeny of the current City
council. She has criticized the over-
whelming presence of the Demo-
cratic Party on the council, which is
currently made up of 10 Democrats
and one Republican.
Lumm said the councilmembers
have taken a common stance by per-
petuating false information about
certain city issues. Lumm said such
statements have been made regard-
ing property taxes, general fund rev-
enues and overall city expenditures.
Hieftje denied making misstate-
ments on the issues cited by Lumm.
"We do our best to save money
and stretch dollars, but there is still
a lot of work to be done. The gov-
ernment is working more efficiently
than it ever has," Hieftje said.
He explained that certain taxes
and fees needed to be raised to make
improvements in the community,
such as rebuilding the city's failing
Hieftje said the biggest differ-
ences between him and his opponent
are their stances on the environment
and the way city government should
"I stand for fiscal responsibil-
ity, a clean and green environment
and a city that welcomes everyone,
no matter what their background
is. And I have a record to prove it,"
Lumm also cited leadership strat-
egies as a major difference between
her and Heiftje, saying she would
consult with more experts on vari-
ous issues debated by the Council.
City Council elections will be
held on Nov. 2. Half of the council is
up for re-election, but the only con-
tested positions are for mayor and
3rd ward representative.
The 3rd ward is located between
Washtenaw Avenue and Packard
Street, including some student hous-
ing south of the University, and
people in that ward will vote at East
Quad Residence Hall.
Third ward candidates include
Democratic incumbent Jean Carl-
berg, Libertarian candidate Rich
Birkett and Green Party candidate
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