The official Bush administration line is: Abu Ghraib was perpetrated by a few bad apples.
That's not what Spc. Charles Graner said on the stand today. The AP:
He said he initially resisted pressure to mistreat prisoners, but his Army superiors made it clear to him that he was expected to obey the commands of the military and civilian intelligence agents who ran his part of Abu Ghraib.
Graner said a lieutenant in his unit told him: "If (military intelligence) asks you to do this, it needs to be done. They're in charge, follow their orders." (emphasis added)
That's right. Follow their orders or else because they just got a "mandate" and have plenty of protective "political capital".