show jail abuse by US troops - 30th April 2004
Sydney Morning Herald,New York Times, Washington Post,
prisoner in Iraq jail
States soldiers at a prison outside Baghdad have been
accused of forcing Iraqi prisoners into acts of sexual
humiliation and other abuses.
charges, first announced by the military in March,
were documented by photographs taken by guards in
of the photographs, and descriptions of others, were
broadcast in the US on Wednesday by a CBS television
news program and were verified by military officials.
the six people reported in March to be facing preliminary
charges, three have been recommended for courts martial.
program reported that poorly trained US reservists
were forcing Iraqis to conduct simulated sexual acts
in order to break down their will before they were
turned over to others for interrogation.
one photograph naked Iraq prisoners stand in a human
pyramid, one with a slur written on his skin in English.
another, a prisoner stands on a box, his head covered,
wires attached to his body. The news show said that,
according to the army, he had been told that if he
fell off the box he would be electrocuted. Other photographs
show male prisoners positioned to simulate sex with
pictures show Americans, men and women, in military
uniforms, posing with naked Iraqi prisoners,"
a transcript said.
in most of the pictures, the Americans are laughing,
posing, pointing or giving the camera a thumbs-up."
program's producers said the army also had photographs
showing a detainee with wires attached to his genitals
and another that showed a dog attacking a prisoner.
photographs were taken inside Abu Ghraib prison, near
Baghdad, where US forces have been holding hundreds
Myers, the lawyer for one of the enlisted men who
has been charged, said the military had treated the
six enlisted soldiers as scapegoats and had failed
to deal adequately with the responsibilities of senior
commanders and intelligence personnel involved in
at the prison, including a brigadier-general, faced
administrative review, officials said.
Myers said that the accused men, all from a reserve
military police unit, were told to soften up the prisoners
by more senior interrogators, some of whom they believe
were intelligence officials and outside contractors.
case involves a monumental failure of leadership,
where lower level enlisted people are being scapegoated,"
Mr Myers said. "The real story is not in these
six young enlisted people. The real story is the manner
in which the intelligence community forced them into
US soldiers died and four were wounded when a car
bomb exploded in Mahmudia, a southern suburb of Baghdad,
yesterday. The latest fatalities brought the number
of US soldiers killed in action since the invasion
of Iraq to 533.
George Bush said in Washington that US commanders
would take "whatever actions necessary to secure
Falluja", a city marines have besieged for three
weeks. Most of the city was returning to normal, Mr
Bush added. But the city appeared anything but normal
on Wednesday as US warplanes dropped laser-guided
bombs and fired airborne howitzers.
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