When she returned to Abu Ghraib, she said, the abuse was continuing, taking an even more disturbing turn. She cites one instance in which soldiers in her unit pulled a prisoner from his cell and turned the guard dogs on him. "One of them let the dogs loose and bit one of his legs and then he pulled back the dog. And the guy was like freaking out and then he let them go again, and he ripped the other leg," Harman said.
Harman then tended to the prisoner, who needed stitches. After witnessing the dog attack, Harman says she wrote to Bryant to say she had stopped taking pictures. "I'm not getting into this mess any more than I already am."
But last January, Spc. Joseph Darby had turned over photos of his own to the Army's Criminal Investigation Division.
The revelations led to charges against Harman and six other Reservists. One of them, Spc. Charles Graner, considered the ringleader at Abu Ghraib, was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for his role in the abuse scandal. Graner said he was simply following orders, but an Army jury at his Fort Hood trial clearly rejected that defense.
Harman's attorney said he hopes to see the military chain of command put on trial, rather than low-ranking reservists like Harman. "I don't think we can even begin to imagine the kind of environment that she was in. First of all, she wasn't trained to be a prison guard, so she didn't even know the basic rules. She wasn't trained in military intelligence. I don't think any American can really truly appreciate the stress that existed along with the fact they were undermanned and not trained to perform this mission," he said.
Spinner added, "I certainly believe there's a degree of scapegoating going on here."