US Army general who ran Gitmo, oversaw Iraq detentions resigns with honors

[JURIST] US Army Major General Geoffrey Miller [Wikipedia profile], the former commander of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], retired [press release] from the Army Monday with honors. Miller ran Guantanamo from 2002 to 2004, and served as a consultant at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Iraq during 2003, where he has is alleged to have recommended the use of dogs as a harsh detainee interrogation tactic. Rights groups have criticized Miller's receipt of the Distinguished Service Medal, calling the honor another example of military officials failing to hold accountable those responsible for abusive conditions.

Miller's retirement was postponed until after the court-martial of US Army Sergeant Santos Cardona, who was convicted of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib when he used unmuzzled dogs during interrogations [JURIST reports]. In testimony during Cardona's court-martial, Miller denied recommending the use of dogs during interrogations [JURIST report]. Although Miller will not face disciplinary action for the allegations against him, he could be called back to active duty to face a court-martial, though military officials say the move will not likely happen. Pentagon officials last year refused to reprimand Miller [JURIST report] as recommended by two generals investigating abuse at Guantanamo Bay. Reuters has more. The Los Angeles Times has additional coverage.

 

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