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  • U.S. releases Iraqi women prisoners

    01/26/2006 12:17:38 PM PST · by B Knotts · 10 replies · 614+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/26/06 | Sameer N. Yacoub
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S. military released five Iraqi women detainees today, a move demanded by the kidnappers of an American reporter to spare her life, but an official said the release was coincidental. The women were freed from U.S. custody and delivered to the home of a senior Sunni Arab politician in Baghdad, where they were returned to their families, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene. They were later driven away in taxis. Armed men who abducted Jill Carroll on Jan. 7 in Baghdad have threatened to kill the freelance reporter for the Christian Science Monitor...
  • Troops find more tortured prisoners in Iraq

    12/13/2005 7:18:03 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 12 replies · 896+ views
    By Oliver Poole in Baghdad (Filed: 13/12/2005) Alan Philps: Baghdad weblog American and Iraqi troops have found hundreds of prisoners packed so tightly into a Baghdad detention centre that they had trouble lying down, it was announced yesterday. Some had been tortured. Of the 625 men, 13 were taken to hospital to be treated for broken bones or the effects of electric shocks. Others had fingernails pulled out or cigarette burns on their necks and backs.
  • 3 in 82nd Airborne Say Beating Iraqi Prisoners Was Routine

    09/24/2005 2:09:01 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 75 replies · 2,754+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/23/05 | Eric Schmitt
    Three former members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division say soldiers in their battalion in Iraq routinely beat and abused prisoners in 2003 and 2004 to help gather intelligence on the insurgency and to amuse themselves. The new allegations, the first involving members of the 82nd Airborne, are contained in a report by Human Rights Watch. The 30-page report does not identify the troops, but one is Capt. Ian Fishback, who has presented some of his allegations in letters this month to top aides of two senior Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee, John Warner of Virginia and John...
  • U.S. military releases nearly 1000 detainees from Abu Ghraib prison [great day for Sunni terrorists]

    08/27/2005 7:06:11 PM PDT · by 68skylark · 10 replies · 351+ views
    Associated Press via South Bend [Indiana] Tribune ^ | Saturday, 27-Aug-2005 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — The U.S. military announced Saturday that it released nearly 1,000 prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison over the past few days in response to a request by Iraqi authorities. The move, the largest prisoner release to date, followed appeals by Sunni representatives to start releasing thousands of prisoners who have been languishing in the jail for months without being charged. After a meeting with President Jalal Talabani on Thursday, Sunni negotiator Saleh al-Mutlaq said the president agreed to release many detainees before the Oct. 15 referendum on the constitution. Al-Mutlaq said hundreds of detainees, most of them Sunni...
  • In Iraq Jail, Resistance Goes Underground

    08/23/2005 9:40:07 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 5 replies · 460+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 08/24/05 | Steve Fainaru and Anthony Shadid
    In the darkest hours before dawn, groups of 10 detainees toiled 15 feet beneath Compound 5 of America's largest prison in Iraq. The men worked in five-minute shifts, digging with shovels fashioned from tent poles and hauling the dirt to the surface with five-gallon water jugs tethered to 200 feet of rope. They bagged it in sacks that had been used to deliver their bread rations and spread it surreptitiously across a soccer field where fellow inmates churned it during daily matches, guards and detainees recalled. The 105th Military Police Battalion, charged with running Camp Bucca in the scorching desert...
  • Battalion to Secure Iraq Prison (82nd Airborne Division sending about 700 soldiers)

    08/18/2005 10:07:54 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 2 replies · 373+ views ^ | August 18, 2005 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - The 82nd Airborne Division is sending about 700 soldiers to Iraq to provide extra security for detainees, whose numbers have doubled over the past year, officials said Wednesday. The 1st battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, based at Fort Bragg, N.C., has begun preparing to deploy over the next two months. It will be the battalion's second tour in Iraq; the first was from September 2003 to April 2004. Before that the battalion was in Afghanistan from July 2002 to January 2003. An announcement at Fort Bragg on Monday gave no information about the battalion's new mission in Iraq,...
  • Support Our Troops: Celebration of Freedom and Democracy June 11 on National Mall

    06/09/2005 7:10:37 AM PDT · by Hoodlum91 · 6 replies · 987+ views
    Please Join Citizens United Foundation and Citizens United, June 11, 2005 from 12 to 3 on the national mall to celebrate Freedom and Democracy. Musical guests include country music super star Tracy Byrd and former American Idol finalist, Kimberly Caldwell. Confirmed speakers include actor Ron Silver, Major Bob Bevelaqua, former Iraqi POW Tommy Hamill, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and FOX News contributor Mike Gallagher, Government and Media Officer with the Afghan Embassy, Ashraf Haidari as well as speakers from the Ukraine, Iraq and Lebanon. In support of our troops please bring supplies such as toiletries, calling cards, and...
  • Soldier describes wiring Iraq abuse victim

    05/13/2005 4:30:28 PM PDT · by Cornpone · 14 replies · 524+ views
    Reuters via swissinfo ^ | 14 May 2005 | Debbie Stevenson
    FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - A soldier already convicted of abuse in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal testified on Friday that he was the one who attached wires to a naked, hooded Iraqi in an attempt to gain information about the whereabouts of the bodies of four U.S. soldiers and locate their killers. Pvt. Ivan Frederick's testimony did not appear to help the government's case against Spc. Sabrina Harman, who the government has charged with placing wires on the prisoner pictured in a photo that sparked global outrage. Harman faces six and a half years in prison if convicted on...
  • U.S. forces thwart major escape in southern Iraq

    03/25/2005 11:27:12 AM PST · by MikeA · 34 replies · 3,593+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03/25/05 | Albert Eisele
    CAMP BUCCA, IRAQ -- U.S. military police Friday thwarted a massive escape attempt by suspected insurgents and terrorists from this southern Iraq Army base that houses more than 6,000 detainees when they uncovered a 600-foot tunnel the detainees had dug under their compound. "We were very close to a very bad thing," Major Gen. William Brandenburg said Friday after troops under his command discovered the tunnel that prisoners had painstakingly dug with the help of makeshift tools. Within hours of the discovery on the first tunnel, a second tunnel of about 300 feet was detected under an adjoining compound in...
  • Errors in Iraq Abuse Case Raise Concerns

    10/31/2004 6:45:30 PM PST · by Dubya · 6 replies · 610+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 31, 2004 | SETH HETTENA
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Working in a makeshift lab in a bombed-out building, an Army pathologist dipped her gloved hands into a decomposing corpse - and changed the lives of nine U.S. Marines. Running her fingers along a fragile, U-shaped bone in the throat of a dead Iraqi prisoner, Col. Kathleen Ingwersen felt a break. She concluded the man had been strangled - that Nagem Sadoon Hatab was the first victim of homicide in prisons the U.S. military set up in Iraq. However, since the autopsy that pathologists considered surprisingly conclusive under difficult circumstances, the case has fallen apart. Tissue...
  • Was Abu Ghraib a CBS Put Up Job too?

    09/20/2004 11:40:27 AM PDT · by slim mackerel · 30 replies · 2,868+ views
    Wachs on the Web ^ | 9-20-04 | Larry Wachs
    Dan Rather's ApologyA statement from Dan Rather of CBS News: Last week, amid increasing questions about the authenticity of documents used in support of a 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY story about President Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, CBS News vowed to re-examine the documents in question -- and their source -- vigorously. And we promised that we would let the American public know what this examination turned up, whatever the outcome...(snip) Apology not accepted, Rather. You are only sorry you clumsily botched the hit on Bush. Forgiveness won’t be considered until you tell us who in the Kerry...
  • Judge Orders U.S. to Open Iraq Records

    09/15/2004 5:28:47 PM PDT · by TexKat · 13 replies · 632+ views
    AP ^ | 9/15/04 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    NEW YORK - Suggesting the government was acting as if it had something to hide, a federal judge Wednesday gave Washington one month to release records related to the treatment of prisoners in Iraq. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein chastised officials for moving at a "glacial pace" in responding to nearly year-old Freedom of Information Act requests from the American Civil Liberties Union and four other watchdog organizations. "If the documents are more of an embarrassment than a secret, the public should know of our government's treatment of individuals captured and held abroad," Hellerstein wrote. "We are a nation that...
  • Army specialist jailed over abuse

    09/11/2004 7:01:03 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 5 replies · 373+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12sep04 | Kim Housego in Baghdad
    A US Army specialist broke down in tears today as he admitted abusing inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, receiving a lighter sentence in return for his testimony against others charged in the scandal. "There is no way to justify it," Specialist Armin Cruz, 24, said after pleading guilty to conspiracy to mistreat subordinates and mistreatment of prisoners at the prison in western Baghdad last October. "I accept full and complete responsibility." Cruz, who had been assigned to the 325th Military Intelligence Battalion, was sentenced to eight months' confinement, demotion to private and a bad conduct discharge. The judge, Colonel...
  • Torture: Thinking About the Unthinkable

    08/25/2004 7:36:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 603+ views
    Commentary ^ | 8-25-04 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The mortification of Iraqi prisoners by American military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad has been discomfiting far beyond the impact of the now-infamous images. Coupled with other reports about harsh post-9/11 tactics to garner information from captured terrorists, and with ongoing investigations into deaths alleged to have occurred in connection with interrogations, Abu Ghraib and the reaction to it have forced front and center a profound national evasion: the propriety of torture. As one would expect, the scandal has produced no small amount of righteous indignation. The civil-libertarian lobby, operating in overdrive, has issued ringing declarations that...
  • Rumsfeld, Military Leaders Faulted in Prison Abuse

    08/24/2004 10:18:34 AM PDT · by TexKat · 9 replies · 573+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/24/04 | Charles Aldinger and Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Pentagonofficials and the military command in Iraq contributed to an environment in which prisoners were abused at Abu Ghraib prison, a high-level panel investigating the military detentions has concluded, a defense official said on Tuesday. The independent four-member panel headed by former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger found that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff failed to exercise proper oversight over confusing detention policies at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to the defense official. The official, who asked not...
  • U.S. Soldier Wants Abuse Trial Moved from Baghdad

    08/23/2004 5:33:10 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 2 replies · 179+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 23, 7:19 PM (ET) | Philip Blenkinsop
    MANNHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier at the center of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal wants his pending court martial to be moved from Baghdad as he believes he has no chance of a fair trial there, his lawyers said on Monday. Specialist Charles Graner and three others are accused of sexually humiliating and, in some cases, beating detainees at Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison. Photos of them tormenting naked Iraqis aroused worldwide outrage when they emerged in April and sparked criticism that sweeping U.S. anti-terror policies had encouraged the abuses. Graner, 35, who faces the most serious accusations...
  • Iraqi Prisoner Abuse - US Army Suspect Faces Court In Germany

    08/23/2004 3:51:15 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 1 replies · 272+ views
    Prisoner Abuse Suspect Faces German Court 06:25 AM EST - August 23, 2004 The Associated Press MANNHEIM, Germany A key suspect in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison voiced fear he was being made a scapegoat when he was asked to turn over a laptop computer and other evidence suspected of containing photos of the maltreatment, an investigator told a U.S. military court Monday.The investigator, Manora Iem, testified that Spc. Charles Graner consented to the search during a Jan. 14 interview at the prison, but lawyers for Graner questioned the agent's authorization because he said he only...
  • Military Not Moved by 'Oregonian' Report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse

    08/16/2004 5:01:50 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 208+ views
    E&P ^ | 08/13/04 | E & P Staff
    Military Not Moved by 'Oregonian' Report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse By E & P Staff Published: August 13, 2004 NEW YORK The U.S. Army says it does not plan to investigate further an incident of Iraqi prisoner abuse that occurred on June 29, despite the story reported by the Oregonian in Portland last weekend that gained national attention. In today's Oregonian, Mike Francis, the reporter who broke the original story, revealed that a U.S. military public affairs officer in Iraq wrote via email Thursday, "We see no reason for a further investigation." Col. Jill E. Morgenthaler, a public affairs officer...
  • They saw no evil, heard no evil, and certainly won't speak of it (US refuses to halt Iraqi torture)

    08/11/2004 7:09:02 AM PDT · by dead · 15 replies · 598+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 12, 2004 | Paul McGeough
    Americans are refusing to do anything about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners under the regime they appointed, writes Paul McGeough. Now there is unambiguous proof of two things we knew were happening in liberated Iraq - Iraqi prisoners are being abused by the new, US-appointed regime; and the Americans, as a matter of policy, refuse to do anything about it. They did nothing in the wake of last month's Herald report of eyewitness allegations that the interim Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, murdered six prisoners; and they refuse to act on a Red Cross report on systematic abuses at half-a-dozen Baghdad...
  • Abu Ghraib General Claims Conspiracy (Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, )

    08/03/2004 7:57:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 837+ views
    Newsday ^ | August 3, 2004, 1:14 PM EDT | MICHAEL McDONOUGH
    LONDON -- The general who headed the U.S. military prison at Abu Ghraib said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that there had been a conspiracy to prevent her knowing about prisoner abuse at the jail. Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who was suspended by the Pentagon in May, has denied knowing about any mistreatment prisoners until photographs surfaced at the end of April. U.S. investigators have not implicated Karpinski directly in any of the abuses.
  • Misperception Of The Abu Gharib Prison Abuses

    08/03/2004 3:30:37 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 414+ views ^ | June 7, 2004 | R.J. Rummel
    Until now, I have not commented on the abuses at the Abu Gharib prison for lack of solid information. Were, for example, the Iraqi prisoners captured after firing on Americans and other Iraqis? Or, were they caught with weapons on them or in their homes or cars? Or, were they only under suspicion. Or, thouht to be spies? Who they are means quite different treatment according to the Geneva Conventions. Indeed, in almost all these cases, as the rebellion against the American occupation is being fought by those in civilian dress, those captured would not be considered prisoners of war...
  • NEWSWEAK: Report on Abu Ghraib Expected to Blame Systemic Failures at the Pentagon

    08/01/2004 7:50:36 AM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 2 replies · 216+ views
    Prnewswire ^ | 8/1/04
    Press Release Source: Newsweek NEWSWEEK: Report on Abu Ghraib Prison Scandal Expected to Blame Systemic Failures at the Pentagon Sunday August 1, 10:38 am ET Rumsfeld's Office May Be Rebuked for Not Setting Clear Interrogation Rules NEW YORK, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The panel that has been investigating the Abu Ghraib prison scandal is leaning toward the view that failures of command and control at the Pentagon helped create the climate in which the abuses occurred, Newsweek reports in the current issue. The four-member commission's report is still being drafted and its final conclusions are not yet definite. But, as...
  • Army Report Says Flaws in Detention Didn't Cause Abuse

    07/22/2004 11:11:27 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 146+ views
    New York Times ^ | 07/23/04 | ERIC SCHMITT
    July 23, 2004IRAQ PRISON SCANDALArmy Report Says Flaws in Detention Didn't Cause AbuseBy ERIC SCHMITT ASHINGTON, July 22 - A new Army report concludes that military detention operations in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered from poor training, haphazard organization and outmoded policies, but that those flaws did not directly contribute to the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison. The report, by Lt. Gen. Paul T. Mikolashek, the Army inspector general, differs from conclusions in an earlier inquiry by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, an inquiry that uncovered abuses in what became a major scandal over American military treatment of prisoners in Iraq. Unlike...
  • Woman in Abu Ghraib Case Appears in Court- Plans To Call Cheney, Rumsfeld As Witnesses

    07/12/2004 1:24:34 PM PDT · by 11th Earl of Mar · 34 replies · 1,637+ views
    AP ^ | 7/12/04
    Woman in Abu Ghraib Case Appears in Court By ESTES THOMPSON ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Pfc. Lynndie England, the Army reservist at the center of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case, was read her rights in military court Monday and given a date of Aug. 3 for a hearing on whether she is to face a court-martial. England appeared in court for the five-minute hearing, held before Col. Denise Arn, who is the judge - or "investigating officer," in military parlance - presiding over her case. Dressed in a jungle-green camouflage Army uniform and visibly pregnant, England...
  • MSNBC Calls U.S. Treatment of Prisoners at Abu Grhaib 'Torture'

    07/12/2004 12:27:42 PM PDT · by BJungNan · 28 replies · 1,049+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 12, 2004 | Julie Scelfo and Rod Nordland
    Beneath the Hoods Many of the tortured at Abu Ghraib were common criminals, not terrorists July 19 issue - What if the FBI had tortured Zacarias Moussaoui, the would-be 20th hijacker, into revealing the plot to destroy the World Trade Center in time to stop it? Who could blame it? These were not people playing by any rules of civilized warfare, and nor are terrorists in Iraq. At Abu Ghraib, military-intelligence officers were concerned about the poor "product" they were getting from prisoner interrogations, and they pressured the military-police guards there to "soften up" their charges between sessions. That, at...
  • Bogus GI rape photos used as Arab propaganda

    07/05/2004 5:13:13 PM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies · 1,020+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 4, 2004 | Sherrie Gossett
    THIS IS A TIMELY REPOST AS CLINTON AND KERRY TRY TO SHOUT THE TRUTH DOWN AND USE ABU GHAIB TO RUIN PRESIDENT BUSH.Graphic photos appearing on Arabic websites of U.S. servicemen raping and sexually abusing Iraqi women were actually taken from American and Hungarian pornography sites. and a Tunisian website produced in France by Committee for the Defense of Saddam Hussein [Comité de Défonce de Saddam Hussein En Tunisie], posted not only the recently broadcast photos of U.S. troops abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners but additional ones of alleged group rape of women by American soldiers, some who are...
  • Cuba publishes bogus GI rape photos

    06/15/2004 7:16:20 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 3 replies · 2,929+ views
    The Cuban government and state-controlled press have disseminated the same bogus GI gang-rape photos that WorldNetDaily reported originated on porn sites. As previously reported by WND, the publication of the images and stories about the images added confusion to the unfolding Abu Ghraib crisis especially in the Middle East, where top newspapers and political sites published the hard-core porn photos side-by-side with genuine photos of abuse. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba has published eight of the gang-rape porn photos under the heading, "Accusing Photos." A link on the Ministry's main page, called "The photos that...
  • U.S. General Says Met Israeli Interrogator in Iraq

    07/03/2004 3:01:24 PM PDT · by Beckwith · 27 replies · 360+ views
    LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. general who was in charge of Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison said on Saturday she had met an Israeli interrogator in Iraq, a claim Israel denied but which was likely to irritate many in the Arab world. Brigadier-General Janis Karpinski, who was responsible for military police guarding all Iraqi jails at the time prisoners were abused by U.S. troops there, told the BBC she met the Israeli at a Baghdad interrogation center. "He was clearly from the Middle East and he said: 'Well, I do some of the interrogation here and of course I speak...
  • Rumsfeld Gave Go-Ahead For Abu Ghraib Tactics, Says General In Charge

    07/03/2004 5:20:11 PM PDT · by blam · 57 replies · 942+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-4-2004 | Julian Coman
    Rumsfeld gave go-ahead for Abu Ghraib tactics, says general in charge By Julian Coman in Washington (Filed: 04/07/2004) The former head of the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad has for the first time accused the American Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, of directly authorising Guantanamo Bay-style interrogation tactics. Brig-Gen Janis Karpinski, who commanded the 800th Military Police Brigade, which is at the centre of the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, said that documents yet to be released by the Pentagon would show that Mr Rumsfeld personally approved the introduction of harsher conditions of detention in Iraq. In an interview with The...
  • Torture: Thinking About the Unthinkable

    07/01/2004 8:41:50 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 4 replies · 195+ views
    Commentary ^ | July-August 2004 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The mortification of Iraqi prisoners by American military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad has been discomfiting far beyond the impact of the now-infamous images. Coupled with other reports about harsh post-9/11 tactics to garner information from captured terrorists, and with ongoing investigations into deaths alleged to have occurred in connection with interrogations, Abu Ghraib and the reaction to it have forced front and center a profound national evasion: the propriety of torture. As one would expect, the scandal has produced no small amount of righteous indignation. The civil-libertarian lobby, operating in overdrive, has issued ringing declarations that...
  • Abu Ghraib/Saddam Stories the Press Will Not Allow You to Learn About

    06/27/2004 5:06:39 AM PDT · by irish guard · 12 replies · 330+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/24/04 | Deborah Orin
    June 24, 2004 -- AFTER terrorists beheaded Korean hostage Kim Sun-il, The New York Times kept the photo showing the horror of his final moments off yesterday's front page. Instead, the Times' front page bizarrely describes Kim as "sitting or kneeling quietly" as he waited to die — in reality the photo, back on Page A-11, shows Kim with his mouth open wide in terror, and the video shows him shaking with fear.
  • Muslim group wants Cadbury (chocolate) boycott

    06/27/2004 7:12:59 AM PDT · by veronica · 106 replies · 3,687+ views
    ICBirmingham ^ | Jun 27 2004 | Caroline Wheeler
    British Muslims are calling for a boycott of chocolate giant Cadbury because of alleged links with the American firm accused of torturing prisoners in Iraq. The UK Islamic Mission made the shock plea as the Bournville-based company has previously employed business advisers CACI Ltd. The firm, which has offices in Coventry, is a subsidiary of US firm CACI International, which was hired by the CIA and coordinated interrogations at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Iraqi inmates at the prison were stripped, chained, sexually humiliated and threat-enedwithelectrocution byUSguards.There have also been allegations of rape and murder. Last night, Haq...
  • Harsh terror tactics eased after concerns (US interrogation tactics)

    06/23/2004 2:13:49 PM PDT · by QQQQQ · 11 replies · 346+ views
    Seattle Post Intell ^ | June 23, 2004 | MATT KELLEY
    WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration didn't ease its hard-line tactics for interrogating terror suspects until after concerns were raised repeatedly by State Department and military officials worried about violating international and U.S. law, memos released by the White House show. In an order less than four months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President Bush said the Geneva Conventions on treatment of prisoners did not apply to al-Qaida and Taliban suspects such as those imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Rumsfeld did approve several techniques that are otherwise forbidden by U.S. military doctrine. Those used at Guantanamo included interrogating prisoners...
  • White House Releases Documents Detailing Interrogation Techniques

    06/23/2004 11:09:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeMajority · 4 replies · 236+ views
    Talon News ^ | 6/23/2004 | Jeff Gannon, White House Correspondent
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The White House released several hundred pages of documents Tuesday that showed how the administration developed its policies for the interrogation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. White House Counsel Judge Alberto Gonzales said the unprecedented declassification and release was necessary to correct misperceptions created by the leak of a few of the documents that were obtained and published by the Washington Post. Gonzales began the briefing at which the ream of documents was released to the press with a reminder of the nature of the enemy America faces in the war on terror. He said that...
  • Bush: 'I have never ordered torture'; CNN source changes story.

    06/22/2004 6:18:24 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 40 replies · 365+ views
    CNN ^ | 06/22/04 | CNN
    Bush: 'I have never ordered torture' Administration releases memos on interrogation tactics Tuesday, June 22, 2004 Posted: 8:40 PM EDT (0040 GMT) WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush said Tuesday that he had never sanctioned any torture techniques, as the White House sought to defuse questions about the interrogation of military prisoners. "Look, let me make very clear the position of my government and our country," Bush said in the Oval Office. "We do not condone torture. I have never ordered torture. I will never order torture. The values of this country are such that torture is not a part of...
  • Claims British soldiers tortured Iraqis to be investigated

    06/21/2004 7:55:07 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 2 replies · 139+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 6-21-04 | ALISON HARDIE
    ALLEGATIONS that British soldiers mutilated the bodies of Iraqi insurgents will be investigated, Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, said yesterday. However, he said it was important to remember that the lurid claims could be "false allegations against British troops". Mr Hoon was responding in the Commons to a story in yesterday’s Guardian which included new allegations of brutality by coalition troops. The newspaper claimed to have seen death certificates which stated that corpses handed over to hospital authorities had shown signs of "mutilation" and "torture". A certificate relating to one 37-year-old Iraqi listed extensive injuries, including bullet wounds to his...
  • U.S. group apologizes to Arabs for Abu Ghraib

    06/17/2004 1:42:57 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 37 replies · 495+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/17/04
    CAIRO, Egypt - A handful of American clergy of different faiths may have succeeded where the U.S. administration has failed. This week, a simple 30-second advertisement expressing disapproval of the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has aired on Arab television — and it has touched the heart of at least some skeptical viewers. The ad, paid for by the organization with funding from the private contributions of U.S. citizens, has been broadcast on two of the most popular Arab satellite channels, Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. The advertisement shows close-ups of a Presbyterian minister,...
  • Rumsfeld clears higher-ups in abuse probe

    06/18/2004 12:51:27 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 176+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/18/04 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday said his review has revealed no evidence that a senior civilian or military officer ordered the abuse of Iraqi detainees in the war on terrorism.</p> <p>The military has started a series of investigations into the maltreatment of Iraqi insurgents and criminal suspects last fall at the Abu Ghraib prison and other detention facilities. One major question has been whether the physical, and in some cases, sexual abuse was ordered by senior commanders.</p>
  • Rumsfeld Says No 'Wiggle Room' on Prisoner Torture

    06/16/2004 10:25:04 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 1 replies · 86+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 14, 2004 | Will Dunham
    Rumsfeld Says No 'Wiggle Room' on Prisoner Torture WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration sees no "wiggle room" on the definition of torture, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Monday, even as a classified Justice Department memo stated some "cruel, inhuman or degrading" acts may not amount to torture. Rumsfeld's comments followed the disclosure in the past week of classified memos in which administration lawyers argued that U.S. and international laws banning torture did not restrict President Bush (news - web sites), as commander in chief, in the way he ordered interrogations of prisoners. "There is no wiggle room in...

    06/15/2004 11:19:03 PM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 340+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/16/04 | DEBORAH ORIN
    June 16, 2004 -- THE video only lasts four minutes or so — grue some scenes of torture from the days when Saddam Hussein's thugs ruled Abu Ghraib prison. I couldn't bear to watch, so I walked out until it was over. Some who stayed wished they hadn't. They told of savage scenes of decapitation, fingers chopped off one by one, tongues hacked out with a razor blade — all while victims shriek in pain and the thugs chant Saddam's praises. Saddam's henchmen took the videos as newsreels to document their deeds in honor of their leader. But these awful...
  • Unit Says It Gave Earlier Warning of Abuse in Iraq

    06/13/2004 9:34:25 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 8 replies · 153+ views
    New York Times ^ | 06/14/04 | ANDREA ELLIOTT
    Unit Says It Gave Earlier Warning of Abuse in IraqBy ANDREA ELLIOTT RANKFURT, June 13 — Beginning in November, a small unit of interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison began reporting allegations of prisoner abuse, including the beatings of five blindfolded Iraqi generals, in internal documents sent to senior officers, according to interviews with military personnel who worked in the prison.The disclosure of the documents raises new questions about whether senior officers in Iraq were alerted about serious abuses at the prison before January. Top military officials have said they only learned about abuses then, after a soldier came forward with...
  • London Telegraph: Interrogation abuses were 'approved at highest levels'

    06/13/2004 6:09:20 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 77 replies · 327+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | June 13, 2004 | Julian Coman
    Interrogation abuses were 'approved at highest levels' New evidence that the physical abuse of detainees in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay was authorised at the top of the Bush administration will emerge in Washington this week, adding further to pressure on the White House. The Telegraph understands that four confidential Red Cross documents implicating senior Pentagon civilians in the Abu Ghraib scandal have been passed to an American television network, which is preparing to make them public shortly. According to lawyers familiar with the Red Cross reports, they will contradict previous testimony by senior Pentagon officials who have claimed that...
  • Daily Mirror pays price for fake pictures; circulation drops 40,000.

    06/11/2004 7:07:35 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 10 replies · 268+ views
    Guardian ^ | 06/11/04 | Owen Gibson
    Mirror pays price for fake pictures Owen Gibson, chief reporter Friday June 11, 2004 Mirror: sliding further away from 2 million barrier The scandal over the fake Iraq torture pictures appears to have cost the Daily Mirror more sales, with the paper's average daily circulation falling by a further 40,000 in the past month, according to the latest ABC figures. The search continues for a new Mirror editor following the sacking of Piers Morgan at the end of the month, but the challenge to get the newspaper's circulation back above the psychologically important 2 million barrier - is getting more...
  • Rumsfeld May Widen Scope of Iraq Abuse Probe

    06/10/2004 11:51:45 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 157+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 10, 2004 02:13 PM ET | Charles Aldinger
        Rumsfeld May Widen Scope of Iraq Abuse ProbeThu Jun 10, 2004 02:13 PM ET By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld may widen the investigation into abuses of Iraqi prisoners to include top military ranks, and has also ordered that he be told about the death of any prisoner in U.S. military custody, officials said on Thursday. Under past practice, some military prison deaths were not even reported to the army medical examiner's office. Rumsfeld is also considering a request made this week by Central Command head Army Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S....
  • Ohio Marine Pleads Guilty to Prisoner Abuse

    06/06/2004 4:06:16 AM PDT · by billorites · 2 replies · 189+ views ^ | June 5, 2004
    Two 19-year-old Marines pleaded guilty to giving electric shocks to an Iraqi prisoner they were guarding in early April, months after the Abu Ghraib prison abuse, military officials said. Pfc. Andrew J. Sting, of Bradner, Ohio, and Pfc. Jeremiah J. Trefney entered their pleas at a May 14 court-martial in Iraq, according to a statement by the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq. Lt. Nathan Braden, a Marine spokesman at Camp Pendleton, Calif., released the statement Thursday. Sting and Trefney were infantrymen with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and attached to the 1st Marine Division...
  • Soros likens Iraqi prisoner abuse to 9/11

    06/03/2004 10:55:32 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 142+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/04/04 | Steve Miller
    <p>The Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal was "a moment of truth" for the United States as severe as the September 11 terrorist attacks, billionaire financier George Soros told a gathering of liberal activists yesterday.</p> <p>"The picture of torture in Saddam's prison was a moment of truth for us," Mr. Soros said. "I think that those pictures hit us the same way as the terrorist attack itself. Not quite with the same force, because in the terrorist attack, we were the victims. In the pictures, we were the perpetrators and others were the victims."</p>
  • U.S. Officers Seek Commander Accountability In Abu Ghraib Abuses

    06/03/2004 5:15:12 AM PDT · by mark502inf · 13 replies · 228+ views
    Inside The Pentagon | June 3, 2004 | Elaine M. Grossman
    A rising chorus of officers in each of the services is calling for commanders up and down the military chain to be held accountable for the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses in Iraq, officials tell Inside the Pentagon. Many are concerned the reputation of U.S. service members around the globe already has been deeply harmed by photos depicting physical abuse, sexual humiliation and the use of unmuzzled German shepherds to frighten detainees at the U.S.-run facility outside Baghdad. Some say the abuse scandal rivals the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam in terms of the long-term toll it may take on...
  • Soros: Abu Ghraib same as 9-11

    06/03/2004 8:14:57 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 34 replies · 446+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 3, 2K4 |
    This is a WorldNetDaily printer-friendly version of the article which follows. To view this item online, visit Thursday, June 3, 2004 ELECTION 2004Soros: Abu Ghraib same as 9-11Bush 'converted us from victims into perpetrators' Posted: June 3, 20042:44 p.m. Eastern © 2004 After an introduction by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, billionaire financier George Soros told left-wing activists at a Washington function today the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal in Iraq is comparable to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. George Soros "The picture of torture in Saddam's prison was a moment of truth for us,"...
  • Rumsfeld has to go, for Bush's sake

    06/03/2004 10:40:27 AM PDT · by NorCoGOP · 70 replies · 221+ views
    University Daily (Texas Tech U.) ^ | 6/2/04 | Jason Rhode
    LUBBOCK, Texas -- Because of the tortures and murders at the Abu Ghraib prison, Donald Rumsfeld must resign. He must leave his position as U.S. Secretary of Defense for the good of his boss, his war, his department and his country. And if he does not, Bush must fire him, which would be a rare demonstration for this administration of the rule that officials are responsible for their wrong actions. Mr. President: there comes a time when blind loyalty, however pigheaded, comes to a fault. That time is now. Sticking by your dad's friends is high virtue, but when this...
  • America's battle to regain respect

    05/31/2004 5:50:11 PM PDT · by seastay · 6 replies · 114+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | May 30 2004 | Lawrence Freedman
    We have reached a turning-point in international politics as well as in Iraq. President George W. Bush is widely seen to have gambled on Iraq and lost. The impact of that loss goes well beyond Iraq. The US has not been defeated in battle and is unlikely to be so but it can no longer impose its will on Iraq because it lacks the moral authority to do so. excerpt: This was not inevitable. The arrogance and hubris with which the Bush administration embarked on this war in the first place used up much moral capital. excerpt: The alienation of...