U.S. prison chief in Iraq charged with 'aiding enemy'

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    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A U.S. Army officer who was commander of a military prison in Iraq has been charged with giving a cell phone to suspected insurgents who were detained there, a charge described as "aiding the enemy," according to the U.S. military.

    Lt. Col. William H. Steele, who was commander of the U.S. Army's Camp Cropper, also was charged with having an improper relationship with a detainee's daughter and an interpreter and possessing pornography, the military said.

    Camp Cropper, located near Baghdad International Airport, houses thousands of suspected insurgent detainees and some high profile prisoners. Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was held there until he was hanged last December.

    Steele was arrested last month and confined in a military jail in Kuwait while he awaits an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing, according to U.S. military spokeswoman Lt. Col. Josslyn Aberle.

    The four charges also accuse Steele of possessing and mishandling classified information, disobeying an order, and not doing his duty in the approval of funds, according to the U.S. military.

    The military gave few specifics about the charges. The first one said that Steele "did, between on or about 1 October 2005 and 31 October 2006, aid the enemy by providing an unmonitored cellular phone to detainees." It gave no specifics about the number or identity of the detainees involved.

    The second charge accused Steele of "having unauthorized possession of classified information" and "knowingly and willfully retaining the same and failing to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States."

    Charge three suggested that Steele carried on improper relationships with Iraqis, interactions that were deemed "conduct unbecoming an officer in the armed forces." Specifically, it said that on two dates in October 2005 and February 2007, Steele did "wrongfully fraternize with the daughter of a detainee."

    The third charge also said Steele did "knowingly and wrongfully provide special privileges to and maintain an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter" between December 2005 and December 2006.

    The fourth charge against Steele included a range of accusations that he possessed pornographic videos, wrongfully possessed classified information, disobeyed an order, and "failed to fulfill his obligations as an approving authority in the expenditure of Field Ordering Officer funds."
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    Multi-National Corps – Iraq
    Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    APO AE 09342
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    RELEASE No. 20070426-01

    April 26, 2007

    Charges announced

    Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO

    Baghdad, Iraq- Lt. Col. William H. Steele has been charged with offenses under the provisions of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.
    These charges are merely an accusation of wrongdoing. Lt. Col. Steele is presumed innocent unless and until he his proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of any alleged offense.

    CHARGE I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 104
    Specification: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 1 October 2005 and 31 October 2006, aid the enemy by providing an unmonitored cellular phone to detainees.

    CHARGE II: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 134
    Specification: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did between on or
    about 31 October 2006 and 22 February 2007, having unauthorized possession of classified information, violate Title 18, United States Code, Section 793(e), by knowingly and willfully retaining the same and failing to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States.

    CHARGE III: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 133
    Specification 1: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 20 October 2005 and 22 February 2007, knowingly and wrongfully fraternize with the daughter of a detainee, wherein such acts constituted conduct unbecoming an officer in the armed forces.

    Specification 2: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 1 December 2005 and 11 December 2006, knowingly and wrongfully provide special privileges to and maintain an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter, wherein such acts constituted conduct unbecoming an officer in the armed forces.

    CHARGE IV: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 92
    Specification 1: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 18 February 2007 and 21 February 2007, violate a lawful general regulation, to wit: paragraph 7-4, Army Regulation 380-5, dated 29 September 2000, by wrongfully and knowingly storing classified information in his living space.

    Specification 2: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 1 September 2006 and 21 February 2007, violate a lawful general regulation, to wit: paragraph 4-32, Army Regulation 380-5, dated 29 September 2000, by improperly marking classified information.

    Specification 3: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, having knowledge of a lawful order issued by the 89th Military Police Brigade Deputy Commander, did, at or near Camp Victory, Iraq, on or about 22 February 2007, fail to obey the order.

    Specification 4: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, did, between on or about 18 February 2007 and 21 February 2007, violate a lawful general order, to wit: paragraph 2e, Multi-National Corps-Iraq General Order Number 1, dated 16 December 2006, by wrongfully and knowingly possessing pornographic videos.

    Specification 5: In that Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, between on or
    about 1 October 2005 and 31 October 2006, was derelict in the performance of his duties in that he willfully failed to fulfill his obligations as an approving authority in the expenditure of Field Ordering Officer funds.
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    I honestly don't know what to make of the charges. Giving a cell phone to a suspected insurgent is a no brainer but it could have simply been that the guy was picked up because he raped his neighbor's goat and had the family phone on him. Who knows. Sounds similar to that Army Muslim Chaplain who was accused of aiding the enemy in Guantanamo. All they were able to get him on was porn on his computer. This could be a case of treason or it could be a way of getting back at him because he wasn't liked- maybe he fucked another Soldier's wife. I'm going to wait and see some more details before I pass judgment.
     
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    Fair comment. I'm going to wait until the verdict is given.
     

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