Torture: OK. Shoplifting: Bad.

From Holden:

Abu Ghraib General Janice Karpinski is demoted to Colonel in a move personally approved by your president – but for shoplifting cosmetics, not for commanding a unit that violated U.S. and international law by torturing Iraqi detainees. And the cover-up continues.

Former brigadier-general Janis Karpinski, the highest-ranking officer punished in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, fired back Tuesday against the U.S. army inspector general who demoted her last week, saying the army relied on an old shoplifting charge to prosecute her.

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The punishment may look like it’s in response to Abu Ghraib, but it is not,” Karpinski said in an e-mail interview with The Associated Press. “They had nothing to use against me, so they exploited this so-called charge of shoplifting and made mention of it in conjunction with the final report, making it appear this demotion was about Abu Ghraib.”

Karpinski noted that the last line of the report states “Actions Gen. Karpinski took or failed to take in no way contributed to the abuses at Abu Ghraib.”

The army’s inspector general investigated four allegations against Karpinski: dereliction of duty, making a “material misrepresentation” to investigators, failure to obey a lawful order and shoplifting. Only the shoplifting and dereliction of duty allegations were substantiated.