Heck of a Job: The Abu Ghraib Edition

Two charges are dropped against the only officer prosecuted for abuse; an investigator says he failed to read him his rights.

Published August 20, 2007 6:34PM (EDT)

A military judge has just dismissed two of the most serious charges facing Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, the former director of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib and the only officer charged with abusing detainees there.

The reason for the dismissal: An Army investigator failed to read Jordan his rights during an interview in 2004 and "misspoke" when he testified previously that he had done so.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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