operational plans envisioned that CJTF-7 would execute SASO
and provide support to the CPA in a relatively nonhostile
environment. In fact, opposition was robust and hostilities
continued throughout the period under investigation.
Therefore, CJTF-7 had to conduct tactical counter-
insurgency operations, while also executing its planned
abuses at Abu Ghraib took place.
We found that abuses—on the part of military
intelligence and military police personnel-- clearly
occurred at the prison at Abu Ghraib. For purposes of this
report, abuse is defined as treatment of detainees that
violated U.S. criminal law or international law or
treatment that was inhumane or coercive without lawful
justification. Whether the Soldier or contractor knew, at
the time of the acts, that the conduct violated any law or
standard, is not an element of the definition.
There is no single, simple explanation for why this
misconduct (ranging from inhumane to sadistic) by a
relatively small group of soldiers and civilians, a lack of
discipline on the part of the leaders and Soldiers of the
205th MI BDE and a failure or lack of leadership by multiple