A United States army report has confirmed that military intelligence personnel played a significant role in the abuse of inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The report said that 23 military intelligence specialists and four civilian contractors had encouraged or condoned abuse.
The investigation found 44 instances of abuse some of which amounted to torture, serious misconduct and a loss of moral values.
The report came a day after another panel faulted Pentagon leaders over the abuse, but mainly blamed soldiers and their superiors at the prison.
Seven soldiers have been charged in the abuse scandal.
Who is to blame for the abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison? What do you think of the report's findings? Have the inquiries been fair and complete?
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:
The findings of this report should come as no surprise to anyone. It was simply an exercise in damage limitation by someone appointed by Rumsfeld. All those who defend this torture in any way should look at the smiling faces of US servicemen and women and remember it was done for enjoyment - sick fun.
According to the Geneva Convention, which America is a signatory of, the atrocities and torture by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib are war crimes against the Iraqi people. This report has no legal meaning. These soldiers and their leaders should be tried in the International Court of Justice. But, of course, international law doesn't seem to apply to "democracies" in this New World Order!
Zaid Al-Hindawi, Iraqi in London, UK
As a veteran I am appalled by the acts committed on these prisoners.
Mike Dreisbach, Kentucky, USA
For several decades, America has pointed its finger at different countries in the Third World condemning "human rights" abuses. After Abu Ghraib, how can we ever do that again?
John, Houston, Texas
It is a matter of trust. I don't trust Rumsfeld, I don't trust the commission he appointed, I don't trust their brief and I don't trust the report. What would the charges and reactions be if these were Iraqis abusing American prisoners?
Sean, Brussels, Belgium, ex South Africa
We must put the Abu Ghraib atrocities behind us. We need to learn a lesson that must never be forgotten - never trust American policy makers. Arabs need to seek to be strong and independent of American and Western forces somehow as their policy of self-interest never fails to unleash untold harm on our people
Ahmad Hmoud, Jordan, Amman
We have not been able to see pictures of what Saddam Hussein's henchmen did to his own countrymen. What happened at Abu Ghraib under the coalition was deplorable but in a much lower league.
Lawrence Kenny, Poole, Dorset, England
Rumsfeld sat at the table during the hearings and said he was responsible so now do the honourable thing and resign.
Manfred Hecht, Grayslake, IL, USA
I am no fan of Bush and his administration and as a Muslim I was horrified to see the humiliating images from Abu Ghraib prison. However, I was more horrified from the absence of condemnation from the Arab and Muslim leaders who I am sure were wondering what's all this fuss about, because what we have seen from the pictures in Abu Ghraib prison is only the 'starter on the menu of torture' in their draconian jails.
Sami, Nottingham, UK
I believe when a nation becomes very powerful it forgets its ethics and what it stands for. I believe that all the prisoners needs to be compensated. I am glad they accept their wrong doing but that does not show the openness and greatness. The first question should be why did this take place?
Shabbir Adamali, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
The Administration should accept culpability in this. It is they who tried to redefine "torture" and the application of the Geneva convention etc. to suit their purposes. The flippant remark of Rumsfeld that he had to stand 8 hours behind his desk, as response to torture methods used - reveals more about his and the administration views than anything else. As in all reports from 9/11 to this the Administration has been able to slip through the net.
The person in charge is ultimately responsible. These incidents reflect an administration out of control unable to take charge, wilful and foolishly stubborn and ironically they back up this charge by saying "not my fault", "didn't know", wasn't aware of it". If the Top men do not know what is happening - what does that say? And we all know they did know at least as early as January of this year. The soldiers directly responsible should be imprisoned, and the administration and senior staff should be castigated and made to accept responsibility for their role. The inquiries can never be fair or complete until culpability of senior officers and the Administration is admitted.
Angela C, New York, USA
The American Government is to blame for the abuses at Abu Ghraib. This means the ultimate responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of the current administration (Bush, Cheney, et al). The report is a whitewash and lacks any credibility whatsoever. Can we really expect the leaders of the US to be honest about this or any other scandal related to their absurd war on terror? No. The inquiries have been a travesty of injustice. The stench of politics pervades the whole mess. All of this comes directly from and is directly traceable to the White House. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the world can see that. We will never know the facts but we all know the truth. This American administration has blown it big time, again. They have no shame and cannot be believed. I pray that the generally decent and fair American people will remove this corrupt administration from power in November.
Joe, Toronto, Canada
Sadaam and his sons were called monsters and America paid millions of dollars for their death. Now we in the west have a chance to show how this so called democracy works .I hope the justice for the rich and famous will be the same as the soldiers who are put on trail instead of their leaders.
Thomas C Kantha, Osaka Japan
Shame on us, Secretary of Defence Rumsfeld should resign.
Mark, Lexington, MA USA
It is the responsibility of the Pentagon to establish a chain of command that ensures everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing and deviation in the lower ranks is not possible due to supervision by commanding officers. If such a chain of command was in place then the higher echelons of the Pentagon are directly responsible for the prison abuses. If a chain of command was not in place then the Pentagon chiefs are negligent. Either way, Pentagon officials are culpable.
Jenny Moire, Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
Rumsfeld's appointed panel found that Rumsfeld "has handled this well"? What a surprise. I'd like to see this whole administration be charged with war crimes.
Mark Hogan, Forest Hills, NY, USA
All those involved should be incarcerated or dishonourably discharged from their posts.
If we want to fight terrorism, let's stop giving people a reason to hate the West. Public sentiment for lunatics like Bin Laden would disappear if nations who claim to represent freedom didn't act like this. Rumsfeld should be removed before it's too late.
Connor, Vancouver, Canada
As a kid, every time I tried to justify my bad behaviour, my mum used to say: "Don't compare yourself with worse examples, seek instead better examples". Seems a few people here should follow my mum's advice.
Catherine Hewitt, Australia, Port Hedland
If we were the monsters most on this board say we are, would we be investigating, or releasing a damning report, or trying those involved? Or would we do like 90% of the UN and simply deny it had ever happened? In your hearts you know the answer.
George Theriot, Atlanta, GA, USA
In any war you can think of, atrocities are committed against prisoners of war and occupied populations. It's one more good reason war should be avoided if at all possible.
The story within the story that is going unreported is the dire need for general prison reform in the USA. Rather than be revolving doors, prisons should rehabilitate as well as punish. These two goals are actually complementary rather than exclusive.
Matt Hoostal, Toledo, USA
I am a soldier and I do not approve of the acts at Abu Ghraib. In basic training we all received a class and signed a paper saying we understood and would abide by the rules outlined in the laws of land warfare and Geneva Convention. Also, we have a creed that says we will abide by all the lawful orders of the officers appointed over us. These soldiers were wrong and will pay for it. Also, it was the US Army that launched the investigation on the abuse. At least we have the honour to admit and try to fix or misbehaviour.
This I cannot say for the men who beheaded Nick Berg, and many others. Where is the outcry for them? Where is the outcry of the treatment of Saddam Hussein to his own people? I hear nothing about any of these things, only people trying to make excuses for the behaviour of these people. Then you blame the President of the US for all this. If an employee gets busted for doing drugs, does this mean the CEO of the corporation should get fired?!
As a country and military, we go through great lengths to try to be fair and just for other people. Have all of you forgotten the American lives lost for France, England, Kuwait, Bosnia, and many others? If you need help do we turn our backs and deny you? We are a very caring nation that will do anything to help people in need. It disturbs me to see how much is forgotten in such a short time.
Eric, Fayetteville, NC, USA
This investigation should be extended to all the prisons in the US. One of the main persons indicted in this probe is a prison guardian in his civil life. It is really fearing to think that he might just applied the methods he usually uses in his regular job!
It's an embarrassment, yes. But it's a frat-party gone bad. Why should Rumsfeld be held responsible for a handful of hillbillies acting like morons? He shouldn't. But here's a more pressing question - why has this story gotten more attention and outrage then beheadings? And why has this story gotten more attention than Putin stating Russian intelligence knew Saddam's people had met with al-Qaeda? Probably because that would make the war in Iraq right.
Brian Clark Jr, New York City, USA
The US army is infamous for it training rules and abuse of its own soldiers. It is no surprise that these soldiers derive sadistic pleasure from torture. The US needs to crackdown on its own internal policies and training. No more talk of democracy. America does not know what true democracy is. The US modus operandi is "political and corporate agenda," and it will bend values as and when necessary.
Rima Mutreja, Washington DC
We had a problem. We dealt with it. The record is there for everyone to see. What is the problem?
Yury Shmuylovich, NYC, USA
American soldiers used to have the comfort of relying on the Geneva Convention when captured. That was when we treated our prisoners-of-war with basic human dignity. Now any treatment is fair play because we got stupid in Iraq.
Brad, Michigan, USA
Not even untrained (or under-trained) military personnel need guidance in what is morally right and wrong. To blame 'lack of supervision' implies that without it, any one of us would have abused helpless prisoners under our care and control. I think not! These were ordinary soldiers ordered by their superiors to soften up their prisoners for interrogation. The question is: who demanded results from Abu Ghraib that matched the flow of information pouring out of the Guantanamo torture chambers?
Mike Cordery, Ezkurra, Spain
As an American of European ancestry who is also a convert to Islam, I can tell you first hand this is not a war of militaries but a war of ideas. I have an Arab wife and have travelled extensively in the Middle East. The people there do not hate America for our freedoms, they hate America for their actions. No one in the Middle East would fight against America and overwhelming odds because we can buy a beer at the corner market or because we can vote. Many in the Middle East would want these freedoms themselves. They hate us, for what our government does in our names, and the Abu Ghraib disgrace is just another example.
Marc, Washington DC
JB, Santa Fe, USA
The interesting thing is that most people think it's a battle of terrorists with US soldiers and its allies. In reality it's a battle between ideas, and the Abu Ghraib incident is part of that losing battle. People look up to the ideals of the American constitution and recognize it as America's real glory and greatness. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo make it difficult to distinguish the US government from its enemies.
Fiaz Khan, Peshawar, Pakistan
Abu Ghraib scandal implies that US talks highly of human rights but follows little.
Kazi Firoz, Kosce, Slovakia
What is everybody thinking? If the WMD issue was built up the way we all know, then why are so many people surprised about the quality of the Abu Ghraib prison administration under USA leadership?
Eduardo Domingues, São Paulo, Brazil
The western media make noise about the abuse in Iraq, but they kept quite about rampant abuse in Muslim countries and Iraq before freedom from Saddam. Sure a few bad eggs in the US military did bad things by western standards. But in Arab or Muslim countries - the so called torture is routine behaviour.
Sege Obasanjo, Nigeria
Abu Ghraib scandal shows that even at its worst American sense of justice and due process is at its best. Though wrongs have been done, they have not been kept secret and were exposed.
Yan Gindin, New York, USA
As far as I'm concerned, this administration abandoning of the Geneva convention in Guantanamo is evidence of their reckless and inhumane attitude towards keeping prisoners. That is policy made at the highest level. They should be held accountable.
Anna Hall, NYC
I am no fan of Mr Rumsfeld, but contrary to many of the comments I have seen so far, he has taken responsibility for the crimes at Abu Ghraib. On 8 May, he testified before Congress and said "These events occurred on my watch, I take full responsibility." It would be nice to see the Army General (Janis Karpinski) in charge of the prison take such responsibility and be court marshalled.
Bill, Washington DC
The Americans think they live in a democracy, looks like the people say one thing and the leaders do what they want. Superpower I don't think so, more like super failure.
How can we as a nation (USA) claim moral superiority when our soldiers behave so immorally; our leaders try to ignore or hide it until the situation went public; and ultimately, those in charge are not held responsible. If any CEOs in any company let this kind of behaviour continue after they were aware of it, they would have been sacked. Those leaders in charge of Abu Ghraib should be held responsible as well.
Debi, Chicago, USA
It's amazing how many people are certain this controversy goes all the way to the top without single thread of evidence. Just because it fits into your "George Bush is evil" theory doesn't make it fact.
Tony T, Cleveland, OH, USA
Such inhumane acts and lack of willingness to take responsibility are reflective of US cultural values and morals. History has already been written, unfortunately. Also, charity begins at home, and so should justice.
NNB, Midwest, USA
It seems to me that women's underwear placed over one's head would be much easier to recover from than having one's head sawed off on video for the world to see. Politics has elevated this story well past its importance.
CT Marchese, Rock Island, USA
If Americans had been the victims rather than the perpetrators, Washington would be screaming blue murder rather than declaring that this behaviour was un-American.
Terry Benson, Faro, Portugal
How many other countries have had this happen in the past? Probably yours! But no other country in history has faced it as transparently as the USA. Americans would listen to your argument, if you would start telling the whole truth.
William Beeson, Jefferson Davis, USA
America has gone to hell under the Bush regime. Bush took presidency knowing he did not win reflecting the ethics of the man and his governing.
Michael, Portland, USA
I think they got caught doing exactly what Rumsfeld and others wanted done. Nothing would have ever been done if someone hadn't leaked the pictures.
Nancy Horn, Knoxville USA
This administration started off lying when they said they won the election in 2000 and there's no reason to believe they're going to start telling the truth about anything now. George Orwell was only off by 20 years... The Bush administration and their corporate cronies have broken this country's spirit as well as its economy.
Trent Haywood, New York, NY
One thing I see as missing - a link in the chain from the enlisted people to the White House - is that responsibility was 'outsourced' to hired thugs. Who brought the dog collars? Who brought the video cameras? Who was in command? The enlisted personnel said they felt they had to follow the orders of non-military security and intelligence officers.
Dianne E, Kansas City, US
The treatment meted out to Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison is to say abysmally despicable and a big blotch on the image of the most powerful democratic nation in the world that is America. I agree that such maltreatment does not figure as a policy decision of the nation at war but I should say the figures in the higher corridors of power are morally responsible for this most reprehensible act.
Aziz Merchant, Fremont, USA
The Abu Ghraib affair is symbolic of the general corruption of the current U.S. administration. It is as if a bizarre group of fraternity brothers is running the country. For the good of the world, may this be a one-term administration.
Joseph Keefe, Guffey, CO, USA
The freedom we brought these people came with more then a price; it came with disgusting acts that darken the brightness America once stood for. I pray the leadership of this country isn't a reflection of what the people deserve. I hope that one day America can stand for the things it once did. With people like Bush in office and a populous too dumb to see the truth I fear we've all but destroyed what we once stood for.
Andrew Brilliant, Concord, California USA
There are obviously problems in the chain of command. How far up is up for debate. Do you fire everyone who ever trained that soldier right down to their first sergeant at boot camp? It is the military 'attitude's' that are instilled in some soldiers through their training. The only solution would be to do a 'clean-up' of how training is done all the way up the military channels. I do not feel however that Rumsfeld should have appointed the panel, and that it should have been something investigated by an independent entity with no motive as to the outcome.
Lewallen, California, USA
There is no excuse for what was done, specially coming from those who quickly point fingers. I wonder what would've happened if it was the other way around? I am positively sure it would've ended in another war.
Claudia Samayoa, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Culpability of these ashamed acts at the Abu Ghraib prison should lay at the very top of the command chain, GW Bush. Under no circumstance can a civilized nation behave this way.
Tim, Faversham, England
Done. Let's get back to stopping people whose primary weapon is hatred against us. Their secrets are within, and they walk among us.
Roger Dems, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
This is a reflection on humanity. This incident is not unique. Mankind has shown behaviour like this in the past and will do in the future. When man is given supreme control over another with no concern about recourse then some men are happy to inflict pain and suffering. It is not new. The US govt. should have known this and put controls in place.
I believe the findings to be extremely fair and complete. Rumsfeld got a complete pass on the issue. I'm sure he won't lose any sleep over the issue.
Jon Pladson, El Segundo, CA, USA
What disturbed me most when the initial photos were released was the "well at least we are not as bad as Saddam" response on the TV networks. If the best we can do is to say the conditions are better than would have been the case under Saddam then we are setting ourselves a dangerously low threshold. That message was clearly disseminated to the guards in Iraqi jails long before Joe Public heard about this scandal. Maybe that explains the collective amnesia about things like the Geneva Convention which presumably all US soldiers have heard of but chose to ignore.
There have been too many intelligence failures during this administration. It has cost too many lives in the West and in the Muslim world. When are democracy, freedom and justice finally going to work? When will someone be finally held accountable for all this?
To be sure, some of the prisoners are despicable characters and it is difficult to feel much pity for them. But to anyone who makes a blanket statement that we're making too much of a fuss over "a bunch of terrorists" consider the chaos of Iraq, and the lack of hearings and due process. What percentage of these prisoners were just some unlucky souls in the wrong place at the wrong time or falsely accused by a fellow Iraqi?
Kevin, Phoenix, USA
There was a lack of discipline in the prison. Duh! It does not require extensive training or an especially developed moral sense for those soldiers to have known that what they were doing was deplorable The chain of command is also culpable, in that this behaviour went undetected for so long. I want to know how they plan on preventing such atrocities in the future. The Iraqi prisoners and the thousands of men and women that DO serve with honour deserve that much.
LR, Atlanta, USA
No comparison to atrocities committed by Saddam, Osaka, or any other dictator can detract from the truth - we should not stoop to their horrific level. By labelling prisoners as combatants or by saying that we shouldn't feel sorry for them because they were bad people, the US Government has lowered itself to an abysmal place. We must stand up for basic human rights everywhere and for every person, lest our own rights become open to manipulation.
Rebecca, Denver, Colorado
I was outraged when I learned of the actions of our military, but I thought this did not represent the USA as a whole and hoped it would be quickly dealt with. Instead, no-one is taking responsibility, a Rumsfeld appointed commission has no credibility, and I hear many of my fellow citizens condoning the tactics. Since when have we justified our actions by comparing them to ruthless dictators? I can only hope the Bush administration is replaced by one that can restore our credibility with the world.
Brandon Armstrong, California, USA
Donald Rumsfeld should take responsibility for what happened at Abu Ghraib. The war in Iraq is a war of choice, not necessity. In this situation our leaders had a greater responsibility to ensure this type of abuse did not happen.
Marin Ambrose, SLC, UT
Why don't we say the one word which has not been uttered during this investigation i.e. torture. Only torture would describe a naked prisoner with a hood being bitten by dogs. For others commenting in this forum that it is a tribute to the greatness of USA to have look backed and pick up their mistakes, I say then stop policing the world. The Bush government and especially Mr Rumsfeld should not be allowed to steer clear of this debacle and human tragedy that was sustained by the tortured prisoners of Abu Ghraib by this eye wash of an investigation. We all know that this administration is very capable of doing any and everything to cover up their lies which they have done rather effectively up till now and appears that the average American buys right into it. An example the entire Iraq war.
Where is the public outrage when the Jordanian police officer shot 10 American Police Officers, killing three in Kosovo? Let the chips fall where they may? Sounds to me like a lot of "chips" are falling the wrong way!
Thomas, Nashville, TN, USA
Command and responsibility must go hand in hand. A great leader is one who truly takes on the responsibility of the people serving under him or her. Whether Rumsfeld or even Bush knew about the abuse may even be beside the point. War crimes were committed on their watch, by people serving under them. Whether or not they gave the order, they failed. A good leader would show strength and step down.
You Eturautti, Tampere, Finland
Yes, they have made a fair assessment of the situation. Rarely, does the blame point upwards towards the top. One has to question; "Who really is in charge?" not those we see in the media. Combat theatres are controlled by the Pentagon and Donald Rumsfeld? Perhaps for once justice will win? It is questionable!
Paul, Florida, USA
Abu Ghraib equals failed leadership. The same chicken hawks, e.g. Cheney, Wolfowitz, et al, who advocated the invasion of Iraq for the wrong reasons also advocated mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners. The chicken hawks meant to send a strong message to the Iraqi prisoners and to the Iraqi population; unfortunately, they sent the wrong strong message.
Mike Bourgeois, Sharon, CT, USA
First you are at war: you need information that could save lives, not only soldiers but innocent Iraqi civilians. You do what you think gives results: but the pictures and all the fuss they created was dangerous, lots of people and soldiers were killed because of it: beheaded! You do not use "gloves" against the enemy. Bush and Rumsfeld are cheaters but I do not think they did wrong this time.
Mihaela Soar, Auckland, New Zealand
The USA came out and admitted and then went to great lengths to uncover a major issue with things that were happening in Abu Ghraib. How many other countries would do the same? Our greatness as a country is our openness and our ability to look at our own faults as a nation.
Ryan, Philadelphia, USA
There is a native saying in Sri Lanka, translated: "It is like asking the thief's mother to check the crystal ball and find out who the thief is". This is in effect what the Defence Secretary has done by appointing a panel.
Singhawansa, Rum, Toronto, Canada
I was a soldier and served as a SSGT in Vietnam - this occurrence enrages me. There is no excuse - the explanation is obvious: The attitude underlying these abuses was a result of innuendos and propaganda remarks made by so many of our "leaders" including Mr Rumsfeld. Beyond that, it is my suspicion that a panel appointed by him is suspect.
Wilhelm Kiesselbach, Niles, MI
"Poor Command" that is actually plausible when you see what monkeys are at the top of the American tree.
James Croft, London, UK
Let's pause for a second and try to put these issues in some perspective: the matters we have witnessed were not exposed by some internal investigation of the US Army of the Pentagon but leaked by the press. The current US administration had to respond and they did by ordering an investigation (such delaying tactics are in vogue also this side of the Atlantic). The Panel concluded that there was inadequate training (beggars belief but certainly true that the US Army does not train its personnel in torture) and defective command. Let's pause again: this can only happen when individuals tend to think they can interpret the wishes of their superiors. The language of Mr Rumfeld throughout the war has hardly ever been one of measure and restraint. Can we really be surprised that enterprising individuals under his chain of command became creative in interpreting their duties? Will Rumfeld resign? No hope, somebody must push him out of office for the sake of his country's standing in the world.
Lorenzo Ward, London
To Lorenzo Lord, London and those that think the same: Absolutely wrong! The issue was exposed by a soldier that brought this to the attention of his superiors. And then an internal investigation culminated. It was an American that saw the problem and reported it. The press had nothing to do with this coming to light - except act as the focal point for sound bites.
Shannon Barnhill, Williamsburg, VA
I think the report and investigation is important. Mr Rumsfeld has proven himself more than capable throughout his service to his country. I will care more about this story when a more fair and balanced report is given regarding all the good the American and Coalition soldiers have done. War isn't pretty and what was done in those prisons under America's watch pales in comparison to what happened under Saddam's watch. A little perspective would be helpful.
Joey, Akron, OH, USA
I would rather be a prisoner in Abu Ghraib than locked up in a prison in the United States. Rape and murder are commonplace in US jails.
Thomas Brennan, Millbury, Massachusetts
I'm afraid that Schlesinger avoided the key questions raised by Seymour Hersh. Hersh said abuse was a part of the program, known by Cambone, Boykin, and General Miller. What of the Copper Green program, James?
Fred Goodman, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Might is right, we have the might, so we are right. Get it right folks, we make the rules.
Amy, Ohio, USA
To Amy, Ohio: You are to be applauded for at least having the honesty to say what I suspect the majority of Americans really think. As for the report, is it any surprise that yet another report related to the Iraq invasion has cleared those in power?
Paul Brogan, Chelmsford, UK
My view of the United States has been forever coloured by this sickening scandal. I will never trust the US in any military venture again. Certainly not in my name.
Robert Black, Glasgow, UK
I'm pleased that once again American openness has finally triumphed, so that we can begin to put this fiasco behind us and focus on building a new Iraq where this sort of thing won't happen.
Tom, Halifax, Canada
I think the findings are based on the scope of the investigation and in an election year with American troops still on the ground, what do you really expect, other then a unconscious whitewash. Those factors that created the environment in which these abuses took place are still the same considering those individuals that oversaw these events are still giving the orders to a large extent. The hawks have lost face to the doves, but both are birds from the same litter and sounding the horn will not be heard over the calls for patriotism. However, the rest of the world has now come to realise the true nature of a bird of prey.
Irfan Shafi, London, England
Putting a hood over a prisoner's head is nothing compared to cutting off his head. US is too concerned with human rights in treating its enemies.
Sam, Virginia, USA
Although a life long supporter of the USA I am increasingly concerned at the way in which corruption, extremism and isolationism seem to be creeping into every aspect of US life. The USA needs to understand that wielding its power whether military or economic without regard to the responsibilities that go with that power.
Sam, Virginia and many like him have to understand that comments like his demonstrate a very naive approach to international politics. If one of those prisoners had had his head cut off then 100% of the UK population would be insisting that UK forces be withdrawn immediately from Iraq.
Dick , Scotland
It's clear that responsibility goes further up in the chain. This is something that the Bush administration probably does not want to hear. What happened in Abu Ghraib is a system put in place starting from the highest office.
Mouli Narayanan, Portland, Oregon, USA
It all began with an enormous Anglo-American lie! We could expect nothing but this as result.
Mauricio Anderson, Atibaia, Brazil
As we all suspected, the people at the top (Rumsfeld) are at fault and the people at the bottom (low level rank and file military) pay. That's the way life is here in the USA under the Bush admin...
Mark, Longmont, Colorado, USA
This is the thief hiring a judge. How can a panel selected by Rumsfeld be objective? Anybody with double digit IQ knows no chip worth falling will fall. This is like Saddam hiring a panel of Ba'athist to judge him.
The nebulous no-one's to blame Abu Ghraib report doesn't convince me. It's not that I want to see someone blamed and vengeance done. I am not "America's enemy", but I would be pleased to have Mr Rumsfeld shoulder responsibility for a prison policy that includes hiring policies of prison guards with questionable records of abuse even on American soil. The politics of premeditation also arose when the US was strategising with experts as to how far prisoners could be pushed without exceeding international tolerance, and when I sought to exonerate Americans from future war-crimes tribunals concerning Iraq. But no-one can lay more chaos and animal house antics (which refers to a film in poor taste but aiming for humour) to photos of soldiers holding thumbs up over people who've been tortured to death. Mr Rumsfeld is close to the top, but he isn't the top. I would like to be wrong, but I believe the stench leads to the top. Sorry.
For the report to say that Rumsfeld has handled this well makes a mockery of the chain of command. It says a great deal about the current US administration that no-one has taken responsibility. In the case of this American government the buck always stops somewhere else! Let's hope America comes to their senses in November and elects a president who will appoint those who take true responsibility. Somehow I think we're going to be stuck with Bush and his band of bandits for another four years. God help the world!
Alfred, LA, USA
I felt ashamed to be an American when I saw those pictures. Being the most powerful country in the world holds an immense amount of responsibility. The atrocities committed against Iraqi citizens by Americans is a clear example we are not fit to have so much power.
Laurel, Portland, Oregon
Rumsfeld should resign.
Randy, Louisville, KY, USA
"Poor Command" is an understatement. It is a problem that starts right at the top, with the commander in chief, the president, George W Bush. The Abu Ghraib scandal is one of many blunders done by the US army in Iraq. The US army has no more credibility in its mission, regardless of who is blamed for the prisoner abuses.
Alex, Toronto, Canada
The matter was so serious and directly leading back to the silent approval at the highest level of command that at least Rumsfeld should not only resign but face court, if not his boss who ultimately dictates the handling attitudes of the administration. Fair hearing can only be obtained by a fully independent body. Such cannot be one appointed by a suspect official. Results of such findings can only be comparable to the famous British Hutton and Butler commission whitewashes.
Istvan Hunanui, Chisinau, Moldova