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Gary Pittman is a prison guard and former United States Marine Corps reservist who was received a reduction in rank from Sergeant to Private and 60 days hard labor, for his role in the death in custody of Nagem Hatab, an Iraqi he believed was involved in torturing Jessica Lynch.
Hatab was apprehended at a market, where he was selling a used M-16, the rifle used by US soldiers. When its serial number showed it had been issued to someone in Jessica Lynch's unit. Pittman, and other guards, concluded this meant Hatab shared responsibility for abuse they believed she underwent.
A comrade who was granted immunity testified he saw Pittman show off by giving Hatab a karate kick that sent him flying three feet, the most brutal single blow he was known to have received. Hatab's head was hooded, when he was kicked. Hatab's autopsy determined he had seven broken ribs, and Pittman's kick was seen as the likely cause.
Pittman was not the only soldier to beat Hatab. The beatings left Hatab dazed, confused, disoriented and incoherent. He lost control of his bowels, and was covered in diarhea. The trial concluded that the beatings by other soldiers who weren't charged contributed to Hatab's death, so he was not convicted of his killing.
Following his conviction the Federal Bureau of Prisons fired Pittman.
- "Marine Guilty of Abusing Iraqi Prisoners". Kron 4 (Camp Pendelton). September 2, 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-10-20. https://web.archive.org/web/20041020204152/http://www.kron4.com/Global/story.asp?S=2254294. Retrieved 2019-05-23. "Pittman, 40, a federal prison guard in New York in his civilian life, was acquitted of the most serious charge, of karate-kicking 52-year-old Nagem Hatab in the chest shortly before the Iraqi was found dead in a dusty yard at the facility known as Camp Whitehorse."
- Lauren Johnston (September 2, 2004). "Marine Guilty Of Prison Abuse". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2017-08-04. https://web.archive.org/web/20170804085016/https://www.cbsnews.com/news/marine-guilty-of-prison-abuse/. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
- Charlie LeDuff (2004-09-03). "New York Marine Convicted of Assaulting Iraqi Prisoners". New York Times (Camp Pendleton, California): p. A8. https://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/03/nyregion/new-york-marine-convicted-of-assaulting-iraqi-prisoners.html. Retrieved 2019-05-23. "In civilian life, Sergeant Pittman is a federal corrections officer; prosecutors told the jury on Thursday that he had told others in Iraq that abusive treatment toward prisoners maintains jailhouse discipline."
- "Marine on Trial in Death Of Iraqi Prisoner in 2003". Washington Post. 2003-08-24. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2004/08/24/marine-on-trial-in-death-of-iraqi-prisoner-in-2003/64630331-355c-4c11-90f4-5f2ce1647a97/. Retrieved 2019-05-23. "The POW, Nagem Sadoon Hatab, had been rumored to be an official of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party and part of the ambush of a U.S. Army convoy that left 11 soldiers dead and led to the capture of Pfc. Jessica Lynch and five others."
- Eric Schmitt (2004-08-24). "The Reach of War: Detainees; Defense leaders faulted by panel in prison abuse". New York Times: p. A1. https://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/24/world/the-reach-of-war-detainees-defense-leaders-faulted-by-panel-in-prison-abuse.html. Retrieved 2019-05-23. "The assault case against the marine, Reserve Sgt. Gary Pittman, is the first court-martial known to be connected to the death of a prisoner in Iraq."
- Darrin Mortenson (2004-06-30). "Marine accused in prisoner’s death in court Tuesday". San Diego Union Tribune (Camp Pendleton, California). https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-marine-accused-in-prisoners-death-in-court-tuesday-2004jun30-story.html. Retrieved 2019-05-23. "Hatab’s death was the focus of another pretrial hearing Mondayfor the court-martial of Sgt. Gary Pittman, who was charged withdereliction of duty and assault. Witnesses have said Pittman hitand kicked Hatab before he was found dead."
- "Charges dropped in abuse case to Iraqi prisoner". East Bay Times (San Diego, California). 2004-10-21. https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2004/10/21/charges-dropped-in-abuse-case-to-iraqi-prisoner/. Retrieved 2019-05-23. "Marine Sgt. Gary Pittman was convicted last month of dereliction of duty and abuse of prisoners in the first court-martial in connection with the abuses at Camp Whitehorse. He was sentenced to 60 days of hard labor and demoted to private."
- Tony Perry (2004-09-04). "Marine Sentenced for Beating Iraqi Captives". Los Angeles Times (San Diego, California). https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-sep-04-me-abuse4-story.html. Retrieved 2019-05-23. "Pittman was convicted of assaulting prisoners at the Camp Whitehorse detention facility near Nasiriyah and dereliction of duty for allowing lower-ranking Marines to abuse them and for not calling for Navy medics to treat injured prisoners."