POLICE LTC AND PRISON
The Army is being tight-lipped on what they will release on this story, but our sources say the U.S. military effort in Iraq is about to get a major "black eye" if indications are correct that an Army field-grade officer is guilty of "aiding the enemy."
It is alleged Lt. Col. Wil liam H. Steele provided an unmonitored cell phone to detainees in his prison at Camp Cropper, near the Baghdad airport. Cropper has replaced the infamous Abu Hara compound as the main detention facility in the capital area.
The offenses, which include sex charges and failure to obey orders, are said to have occurred between October 2005 and February 2006. An Army spokesperson said Steele is being held in a jail cell in Kuwait pending an Article 32 (similar to civilian grand jury) hearing.
Details on this case are hard to come by, but what we know so far, is that the officer is alleged to "fraternized" with a detainee's daughter. The colonel also was caught with porn tapes in his quarters and investigators say classified security material was stored among the officer's personal effects.
The laundry list of charges includes "improperly marking classified documents," failing to "fulfill his obligations" in regard to expenditure of unit funds, and disobeying a lawful order.
Steele was arrested last month and U.S. military officials were able
to keep a lid on things up until now. We at MilitaryCorruption.com
are monitoring the situation closely.