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Iraq warden testifies on dog use

FORT MEADE, Md. -- The commander in charge of the Guantanamo Bay prison visited Abu Ghraib in 2003 and recommended the use of military dogs during interrogations, the former warden in Iraq testified yesterday at a hearing for two Army dog-handlers accused of detainee abuse.

''We understood that he was sent over by the secretary of defense," Major David Dinenna testified. He said teams of trainers were also sent to Abu Ghraib ''to take these interrogation techniques, other techniques they learned at Guantanamo Bay, and try to incorporate them in Iraq."

Dinenna's testimony follows assertions by the defense that using unmuzzled dogs to terrify Abu Ghraib inmates was sanctioned high up the chain of command and was not just by two rogue soldiers, as the government contends. Investigations into detainee abuse have led to charges against several soldiers there. Defense lawyers contended their clients were following orders.

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