Scott Horton Interviews Sam Provance

Scott Horton, March 28, 2007

Former Army Sgt. Sam Provance, featured in the HBO documentary “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib,” talks about his experience [.pdf] as a computer expert at Abu Ghraib prison, the fake investigations into the tortures that took place there and the betrayal of Senator Lindsey Graham.

MP3 here. (34:13)

Former Army Sgt. Sam Provance was one of the heroes of the Abu Ghraib scandal, the only uniformed military intelligence officer at the Iraqi prison to testify about the abuses during the internal Army investigation. When he recognized that the Pentagon was scapegoating low-level personnel, he also gave an interview to ABC News.

For refusing to play along with the cover-up, Provance was punished and pushed out of the U.S. military. The Pentagon went forward with its plan to pin the blame for the sadistic treatment of Iraqi detainees on a handful of poorly trained MPs, not on the higher-ups who brought the lessons of “alternative interrogation techniques” from the Guatanamo Bay prison to Abu Ghraib.

The Congress, which was then controlled by the Republicans, promised a fuller investigation. Provance submitted a sworn statement. But Congress never followed through, leaving Provance hanging out to dry.

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