NYT: American commanders in Iraq are expressing grave concerns that the overcrowded Abu Ghraib prison has become a breeding ground for extremist leaders and a school for terrorist foot soldiers....
Just great, now we find out we're breeding terrorists because of our detainment and torture policies. Bush said we would demolish Abu Ghraib over a year and a half ago and build a new facility to replace it, but I guess we can chalk that up as yet another unfulfilled promise.
Abu Ghraib will be the source of hatred towards the US for decades to come. and it's no wonder why. The full scope of what has went on behind those walls has yet to come out. Even the just released torture photos round II fail to show the worst of it. What a fucking nightmare.
A recently leaked report paints a very grim picture indeed.
Let me recap of some of the revelations and implications that we have learned about Abu Ghraib & Iraq in general since Sy Hersch first exposed the prison torture story.
· 1,325 images of suspected detainee abuse
· 93 video files of suspected detainee abuse
· 660 images of adult pornography
· 546 images of suspected dead Iraqi detainees
· 29 images of soldiers in simulated sexual acts
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters, "The American public needs to understand we're talking about rape and murder here. we're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience." He did not elaborate.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld offered "my deepest apology" ... to Iraqi prisoners abused by sadistic military personnel and warned that videos and photos yet to come could further inflame worldwide outrage. "It's going to get a good deal more terrible, I'm afraid," he said glumly in congressional testimony
A military report about that abuse describes detainees being threatened, sodomized with a chemical light and forced into sexually humiliating poses.
Charges have been brought against seven service members, and investigations into events at the prison continue."
Military investigators have looked into -- or are continuing to investigate -- 35 cases of alleged abuse or deaths of prisoners in detention facilities in the Central Command theater, according to Army Secretary Les Brownlee. Two of those cases were deemed homicides, he said. (...)"
A report by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba on the abuse at the prison outside Baghdad says videotapes and photographs show naked detainees, and that groups of men were forced to masturbate while being photographed and videotaped. Taguba also found evidence of a 'male MP guard having sex with a female detainee.' (...)
Seymour Hersh, who helped uncover the scandal, said in a speech before an ACLU convention: "Some of the worse that happened that you don't know about, ok? Videos, there are women there. Some of you may have read they were passing letters, communications out to their men ... . The women were passing messages saying 'Please come and kill me, because of what's happened.'"
Basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys/children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. The worst about all of them is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror it's going to come out."
At least 28,000 Iraqis have been killed already, but more likely it's over 100,000.
"There have been 2,471 coalition deaths, 2,268 Americans, one Australian, 101 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, two Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Hungarian, 26 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, two Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians in the war in Iraq as of February 15, 2006.
All for what? Lies is all the people who started this war have given us. A House Committee on Govt Reform documented some 237 misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq that were made by President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld, Secretary Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice.
There were no wmd, and there was no Iraq al Qaeda connection.
The damage done and loss of life so far is immense, but I fear the real toll won't be known for decades. Why did our country do this in the first place?
All for lies. :(
The Photos America Doesn't Want Seen
CIA Chief Sacked For Opposing Torture
HRW Details US Policy of Abuse
Bush Could Bypass New Torture Ban
McCain Torture Policy Undercut By Amendment
Another Kind of Prison Torture
As Torture Amendment Nears Passage, Pentagon Rewrites Army Detainee Standards
The US has used torture for decades. All that's new is the openness about it