The Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal is hitting close to home. Four Fort Carson soldiers are now facing reprimands for mistreating Iraqi prisoners. Those soldiers are from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. And members of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment are being questioned for a separate incident involving two prisoner deaths.
Fort Carson spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Budzyna confirms, the four soldiers facing reprimands had forced Iraqi prisoners to jump into the Tigris River last year. The prisoners survived, but LTC Budzyna would not provide any additional details on the incident.
In a separate investigation, LTC Budzyna said the 3ACR soldiers are being questioned about the deaths of two Iraqi prisoners. They were in an area controlled by the regiment at the time of their deaths.
One prisoner was Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush. He died while under interrogation last November. He was found dead in a sleeping bag. An autopsy released by the Pentagon revealed he died due to smothering and chest compression. A second prisoner died in January of blunt force injuries and asphyxiation.
Colorado Senator Wayne Allard says these cases will be investigated. "I don't think we should make excuses for bad behavior. We have to understand it. Those people responsible need to be held accountable and then we need to think how we prevent similar behavior in the future."
The senator is confident that justice will be served. "The strength of this country---the strength of America---we're willing to look back within ourselves and say what it is. We need to do a better job."
Senator Allard emphasized that most U.S soldiers are doing a great job and a great service to their country. He says only a few soldiers out of the thousands are being investigated.