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Abu Ghraib Defendant Says He Was Following Orders

A pretrial hearing begins in a military courtroom in Fort Hood, Texas for Army Specialist Charles Graner. Graner said Monday he and the others were soldiers just doing what they were told. A series of photographs, showing Graner and six other soldiers humiliating prisoners initially brought the abuse scandal to light. Hear NPR's Jackie Northam.

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Jackie Northam is NPR's International Affairs Correspondent. She is a veteran journalist who has spent three decades reporting on conflict, geopolitics, and life across the globe - from the mountains of Afghanistan and the desert sands of Saudi Arabia, to the gritty prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the pristine beauty of the Arctic.