Tonight we continue our special investigation into a 2007 execution in Baghdad. Three decorated U.S. Army sergeants shot and killed four Iraqi detainees their platoon had taken into custody earlier that day. The soldiers are now serving prison terms at Fort Leavenworth. During interrogations, the soldiers blamed military policy for making it too hard to detail suspected insurgents.
Tonight we’ll examine what the soldiers say is a “flawed” Army policy. It turns out the rules and requirements for taking in and holding detainees appears to be very strict. Soldiers must present detailed evidence, including accounts from two local witnesses to the crime. We obtained a memo that spells out the rules that were in place at the time of the murders. Of the 87,000 Iraqis detained since the war began, nearly 77,000 have been released due to lack of evidence. We interview a Brigadier General who oversees detainee operations in Iraq and we’ll ask him what he thinks of the policy.
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