From the USA TODAY

Human rights advocates complained that the case did not go higher up the chain of command and said the decision sent a troubling message.

“It could not be more clear that prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan resulted from policies and practices authorized by high-level officials, including military and civilian leaders,” said Hira Shamsi, an attorney with the National Security Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Although the abuse was systemic and widespread, the accountability for it has been anything but.”

Mila Rosenthal, deputy executive director for research and policy for Amnesty International USA, said: “I think we’re emboldening dictators and despots around the world. We’re saying that it’s OK to allow these kinds of abuses to flourish.”

No, we’re not Mike. We’re saying that this punishment fits that crime. This is what it says…

“In light of the nature of the offense that Jordan had been found guilty of committing and the substantial evidence in mitigation at trial and in post-trial matters submitted by defense counsel, Rowe determined that an administrative reprimand was a fair and appropriate disposition of the matter,” Joanna P. Hawkins, a military spokeswoman, said in a statement.

Fair and appropriate and I have to agree. Abu Ghraib was an embarrassment – it should NOT happen again. But we didn’t cut anyone’s head off. No one was raped. No one had their genitalia connected by wires to an electrical current. Get some perspective.