So, as for Abu Ghraib, only the lowest ranking people who were caught on film that leaked (there is film that was never released remember) were charged and convicted. ("US officer cleared of Abu Ghraib abuse," ABCNews. January 11, 2008.)
A US General has thrown out the conviction of the sole US officer charged over the abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail, the US Army says.) Even though there were parts of other people shown in the photos, those others were not traced, charged, and convicted.
We have the testimony of former brigadier general, Janice Karpinski, that many other higher-ups were involved. We know that private contractors were involved. We know Donald Rumsfeld issued memos encouraging harsher torture. We know White House and Justice Department lawyers, such as Jay Bybee and John Yoo, were involved in writing a 50-page torture memo encouraging the use of torture. We know Alberto Gonzales more than went along with it. We know the President, George W. Bush, and Vice President, Dick Cheney, and others were all aware of all of this. We know that the CIA has supposedly destroyed tapes showing them torturing people and worse.
Where are the other Pentagon photos and tapes? Why have those been forgotten? Many legislators saw many of them; however, they've done nothing. They never did an investigation. They never followed the trail. They didn't want to. They didn't want to get to the bottom of it to correct it.
Now, how does the rest of the world view the U.S.? It thinks the U.S. is becoming more and more openly despotic, and they're right.