Attorney says Roselle Army sergeant was scapegoat for Iraqi prisoner abuse

(02/11/05) NEWARK ? The lawyer for a Roselle Army sergeant convicted of abusing Iraqi prisoners says he has proof interrogation tactics were ordered by high-level military officials.

According to Sergeant Javal Davis? attorney Paul Bergrin, memos sent to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld prove that forceful interrogation procedures were standard policy for the military. Bergrin says these tactics were initially used at Guantanimo Bay to gleam information from al-Qaida captives.

Bergrin says the military took the techniques from Guantanimo Bay and brought them over to Iraq in an effort to curb the ongoing deadly insurgency. The attorney cites one memo as stating, ?The gloves are coming off?we want these individuals broken. Casualties are mounting and we need to start gathering info to help protect our fellow soldiers from any further attacks.?

Sergeant Davis is currently serving a six-month prison term at a minimum-security civilian facility in Texas. He was found guilty of prisoner abuse as part of a plea deal with military prosecutors. Although he is supposed to receive a bad conduct discharge upon his release, Bergrin plans on fighting to help the sergeant continue his military career.

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