John Israel

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John B. Israel, born in Baghdad in 1955, is "an Iraqi-American Christian." Israel, who worked for CACI International and with the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, "was one of three Iraqi-Americans working as translators at Abu Ghraib" and "one of two civilian contractors implicated in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal." [1] [2] [3]

In the report by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba regarding the alleged acts of brutality, abuse, and torture at the Enemy Prisoner of War facility at Abu Ghraib and other Enemy Prisoner of War Camps in Iraq and Afghanistan, Taguba said, "'Specifically I suspect that Col. Thomas M. Pappas, Lt. Col. Steve L. Jordan, Mr. Steven Stephanowicz and Mr. John Israel were either directly or indirectly responsible for the abuses at Abu Ghraib and strongly recommend immediate disciplinary actions ..." [4]

"Israel denied he had ever seen any interrogations, which was contrary to several witnesses and he did not have a security clearance, the report states." [5]

Taguba recommended that Israel "should be given an official reprimand" and have his security clearance "reviewed." [6]

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