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  • Lauren Richardson Becomes Next Terri Schiavo as Parents Debate Euthanasia (Delaware)

    02/01/2008 2:51:57 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 644 replies · 6,328+ views
    LifeNews ^ | 2/1/2008 | Steven Ertelt
    A Delaware woman has become the next Terri Schiavo as her parents engage in a massive legal and philosophical debate about whether to subject her to euthanasia. Richardson is a 23-year-old woman who overdosed on heroin in August 2006 while she was three months pregnant with a baby girl. Doctors kept Lauren on life support until she delivered her baby in February 2007. Shortly thereafter, her parents began a fight that is reminiscent of the battle over Terri's life and death. As in the Terri Schiavo case, physicians have been quick to label Lauren as having a persistent vegetative state...
  • Only officer charged in Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal cleared of any criminal wrongdoing

    01/10/2008 2:35:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 126+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/10/08 | Ben Nuckels - ap
    BALTIMORE – The only officer charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, his attorney said Thursday. A military jury convicted Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan in August of disobeying an order to not talk about an investigation into the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in the fall of 2003. Jordan was acquitted of allegations that he failed to supervise 11 lower-ranking soldiers previously convicted for their roles at Abu Ghraib. Now the conviction has been thrown out. Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe, commanding general of the Military District of Washington, sent Jordan's attorney...
  • A medical mystery after Milosevic's death

    03/16/2006 11:42:50 AM PST · by DTA · 13 replies · 2,364+ views
    IHT ^ | 2006-03-16 | Elisabeth Rosenthal and Marlise Simons
    A medical mystery after Milosevic's death By Elisabeth Rosenthal and Marlise Simons The New York Times THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2006 ROME Frustrated and filled with skepticism about Slobodan Milosevic's litany of medical complaints, the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague at times failed to investigate them adequately, according to several doctors who had recently examined the former Serbian leader. "His medical condition was not good, so we asked for additional tests to evaluate his cardiac situation," said Dr. Florence Leclercq, a French cardiologist who examined Milosevic for about three hours in November. "But these investigations were never performed, and...
  • Croat Serb leader commits suicide [Babic hangs self in UN detention cell]

    03/06/2006 5:20:53 AM PST · by syriacus · 8 replies · 415+ views
    Milan Babic, the leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia and one-time president of the Croatian Serbs in the 1990s, has committed suicide in his cell at a U.N. detention facility where he was serving a 13-year term for war crimes, officials said. Babic was found dead in his cell at the prison in Scheveningen, a suburb of The Hague, at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to a statement from the U.N. war crimes tribunal. "The Dutch authorities were called immediately. After conducting an investigation, they confirmed that the cause of death was suicide," the statement said.
  • More prison abuse found in Iraq - "... torture so severe it broke bones"

    12/12/2005 8:45:44 PM PST · by weegee · 34 replies · 1,018+ views
    Washington Post via Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 11, 2005, 11:28PM | ELLEN KNICKMEYER
    FRONT PAGE More prison abuse found in Iraq - 13 of those at Interior Ministry site treated for torture so severe it broke bones By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Washington Post BAGHDAD, IRAQ - An Iraqi government search of a detention center in Baghdad operated by Interior Ministry special commandos found 13 prisoners who had suffered abuse serious enough to require medical treatment, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday night.
  • “Loose Judges Kill Americans”

    09/29/2005 11:51:25 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 124 replies · 2,501+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 29 September 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The “Loose Lips Sink Ships” Case (The information for this comment comes initially from an Associated Press story run on Yahoo News on 29 September, 2005.) US District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in New York has just ruled in a case brought by the ACLU that 87 photographs and four videotapes concerning Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq must be released by the federal government. In his 50-page decision, the judge asserted that the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan "do not need pretexts for their barbarism." He added in his opinion that, "Our nation does not surrender to blackmail, and fear...
  • American held in Iraq tells of torture

    09/25/2005 6:12:26 AM PDT · by Alissa · 13 replies · 1,065+ views
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- An American contract worker who was kidnapped in Iraq and held more than 10 months says in an interview that his captors kept him blindfolded and bound throughout the ordeal. Roy Hallums, 57, described his experience to "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl in a segment that will air Sunday on CBS. Hallums also said the motive behind his kidnapping was ransom but he refused to give his captors contact information for his family to spare them from having to negotiate. Hallums was rescued Sept. 7 by coalition troops from a 4-foot-high crawl space under a farmhouse....
  • Newly Released Reports Show Early Concern on Prison Abuse

    01/05/2005 8:40:56 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 22 replies · 479+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 6, 2005 | KATE ZERNIKE
    In late 2002, more than a year before a whistle-blower slipped military investigators the graphic photographs that would set off the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, an F.B.I. agent at the American detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, sent a colleague an e-mail message complaining about the military's "coercive tactics" with detainees, documents released yesterday show. "You won't believe it!" the agent wrote. Two years later, the frustration among F.B.I. agents had grown. Another agent sent a colleague an e-mail message saying he had seen reports that a general from Guantánamo had gone to Abu Ghraib to "Gitmo-ize" it. "If...
  • Byrd, Mollohan Among Few Nay-Sayers (Intell Bill); Rockefeller Blasts Secret Spy Project

    12/10/2004 5:57:34 AM PST · by mountaineer · 10 replies · 447+ views
    Wheeling (WV) Intelligencer ^ | Dec. 10, 2004 | staff
    Two West Virginia lawmakers this week voted against historic legislation that overhauled the nation’s spy network in order to beef up the country’s counterterrorism network. The legislation passed overwhelmingly in both the U.S. House and the Senate. The vote in the Senate was 89-2, with U.S. Sens. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., voting against the legislation. In the House, U.S. Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, D-W.Va., voted against the bill. Mollohan, in an interview Thursday, cited four major concerns with the legislation. ... “Does it adequately address the problems that have been identified with our intelligence gathering, storage...
  • Lynndie England's defense seeks to throw out statement that prison abuse was 'joking around'

    12/01/2004 8:00:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 1,011+ views
    AP ^ | 12/1/4 | ESTES THOMPSON
    FORT BRAGG, NC -- Lawyers for Pfc. Lynndie England moved Wednesday to throw out statements she made when first questioned about Iraqi prisoner abuse, including that reservists were just "joking around, having some fun." The motion was one of five taken up by military judge Col. Stephen Henley in a hearing in advance of England's Jan. 18 court-martial on abuse charges stemming from photos of her pointing and smiling at naked detainees at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. Paul Arthur, an Army special investigator, testified that England was aware of her rights, including to have a lawyer present, when she was...
  • Abu Ghraib Guards Kept a Log Of Prison Conditions, Practices

    10/25/2004 3:24:44 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 6 replies · 428+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2004 | Josh White
    The military police soldiers who ran the high-security wing of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq kept an unofficial log of their daily activities, a diary of sorts that documents the conditions that gripped the prison during the months that detainees were abused in what would later erupt into an international scandal. From Oct. 19, 2003, to Jan. 18, 2004 -- just days after digital photographs of soldiers mistreating prisoners were turned in to Army criminal investigators -- the members of the 372nd Military Police Company who ran tiers 1A and 1B at Abu Ghraib jotted their experiences in a...

    10/22/2004 8:32:15 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 469+ views
    Letter Of Apology Author unknown - sentiment shared. For good and ill, the Iraqi prisoner abuse mess will remain an issue. On the one hand, right thinking Americans will abhor the stupidity of the actions while on the other hand, political glee will take control and fashion this minor event into some modern day My Lai massacre. I heard some Arabs are asking for an apology. I humbly offer mine here: I am sorry that the last seven times we Americans took up arms and sacrificed the blood of our youth, it was in the defense of Muslims (Bosnia, Kosovo,...
  • My 47 hours in hell ("Boo-freaking-Hoo!!!" alert)

    09/10/2004 10:54:56 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 90 replies · 2,639+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | September 10, 2004 | WENDY STEFANELLI
    Mayor Bloomberg says the city "acted appropriately" while arresting and holding thousands of people during the Republican convention. I beg to differ. I wasn't even a demonstrator - I was going for a drink with a friend when I was arrested - and my experience tells a different story. It was Tuesday, Aug. 31, about 8:30 p.m. when my friend and I saw a lot of cops running on 26th St., then up Park Ave. South. I saw a man being handcuffed who said he had done nothing. The cop was using a lot of force, and I asked him...
  • Pentagon Opposes Independent Prison Abuse Probe

    08/27/2004 2:51:35 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 10 replies · 514+ views ^ | August 26, 2004 | Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Thursday opposed calls for an independent investigation of prisoner abuse from human rights groups and a key congressional Democrat, who said such a probe was the only way to get to the truth. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called for an independent investigation into U.S. prisoner detention and interrogation operations after two Pentagon reports this week greatly expanded the scope of culpability in the prisoner abuse scandal. "The investigations either completed or under way and the rigorous oversight by Congress provide the department and the public a thorough examination of the facts," said Matt...

    08/27/2004 5:55:22 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 416+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 27, 2004 | RALPH PETERS
    What went wrong at Abu Ghraib prison? Two reports released this week agree: Woefully deficient planning for post-war Iraq, too few troops and inadequate leadership at the top.... THE REMAINDER OF THE COLUMN IS NOT WORTH IT.
  • Army Abuse Report Seeks To Skirt Blame, Evade Spotlight / No 'Systemic' Failure

    07/27/2004 2:47:31 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 3 replies · 309+ views
    USA Today ^ | July 27, 2004 | USA Today / Lt. Gen. Paul Mikolashek
    Army Abuse Report Seeks To Skirt Blame, Evade SpotlightFull, public airing of mistreatment and its causes is needed. What is the best way to bury a scandal? Bring out the bad news when attention is focused elsewhere. The Army, abetted by the Senate Armed Services Committee, executed the tactic with military precision late last week, trotting out a hard-to-swallow, 300-page account of the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal under cover of the 9/11 Commission's sweeping report on terrorism. Army abuse report seeks to skirt blame, evade spotlight _______________________________________ No 'Systemic' Failure Individuals' actions are to blame for mistreatment of prisoners. By...
  • Sanchez: I Should Be Investigated

    06/09/2004 8:22:55 PM PDT · by txradioguy · 11 replies · 112+ views ^ | 09 June 2004 | Brett Baier
    WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez (search), commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, has asked investigators to take the Abu Ghraib (search) prison abuse probe to the top of the chain of command — and that means to Sanchez himself, senior Defense officials have told Fox News. Sanchez has asked the Pentagon to appoint a senior investigating general who outranks him, and thus would be authorized to push the probe to the highest rungs of the command ladder, according to the officials.
  • Lawmakers grill Ashcroft on memo justifying torture of terror suspects

    06/08/2004 11:25:27 AM PDT · by cyncooper · 33 replies · 105+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | June 08, 2004
    WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft said Tuesday he was not aware of any order by President Bush that would violate U.S. laws or treaties banning torture of military prisoners captured in Iraq or elsewhere in the war on terrorism. “This administration rejects torture,” Ashcroft declared under tense questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Shoplifting Charge Dogs Iraq General(Karpinski)

    06/04/2004 9:23:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 54 replies · 507+ views
    Shoplifting Charge Dogs Iraq General Military Sources: Gen. Karpinski Caught Stealing Perfume In 2002 Jun 3, 2004 5:45 am US/Central NEW YORK (CBS) An American general caught up in the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal is now at the center of a new controversy involving allegations about her past, but she's calling it a smear campaign. Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who claims she has been made a scapegoat for the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, is the subject of an investigation by the Army Inspector General involving an alleged shoplifting incident in October of 2002, one year before the abuses began, reports...
  • Media's Mission Accomplished: U.S. Troops Now Called 'Baby Killers'

    05/28/2004 3:44:16 PM PDT · by txradioguy · 118 replies · 386+ views ^ | 28 May 2004 | Staff Writer
    After weeks of repetitive wall-to-wall coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, the American media have finally achieved success: U.S. soldiers are now being labeled as war criminals by some of their fellow Americans - just as their predecessors in Vietnam were. "I've been called a baby killer," ROTC recruit Alexia Regner told the New York Post on Friday, saying the insult was hurled by some of her fellow students at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University. "I was pissed. I would never kill a baby," Regner explained. "I was thinking, I took an oath to defend their right to call...
  • Karpinski Says She Was 'Set Up' in Prison Scandal

    05/25/2004 1:39:54 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 37 replies · 156+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 24, 2004 | Richard A. Serrano
    WASHINGTON — Some two months after the Red Cross warned U.S. commanders of widespread prisoner abuses, the commanding general at Abu Ghraib prison assured the Red Cross in a confidential letter that Iraqi detainees were being given the best treatment possible and that even more "improvements are continually being made.'' In an interview today, however, Brig. Gen. Janis L. Karpinski insisted that she was "set up'' by Army officials who had her sign the letter when she had no idea of the depth of problems uncovered at the infamous prison outside Baghdad. In addition, Karpinski said she was notified in...
  • U.S. Army Suspends General in Iraq Jail-Abuse Probe (Karpinski)

    05/25/2004 12:18:47 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 41 replies · 197+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 7:21 PM ET | Will Dunham
    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American general in charge of U.S.-run prisons in Iraq (news - web sites) when the abuse of prisoners took place has been suspended as commander of the military police brigade at the heart of the scandal and removed from active duty, the Army said on Monday. Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who had commanded the 800th Military Police Brigade, was suspended from her duties, said Lt. Col Pamela Hart, an Army spokeswoman at the Pentagon (news - web sites). Karpinski previously was formally admonished on Jan. 17 by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top...
  • Why Can't She Take It Like a Man?

    05/23/2004 2:38:47 PM PDT · by txradioguy · 73 replies · 2,983+ views ^ | 22 May 2004 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    We know conclusively that the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal is as phony as a Bill Clinton sex denial because there are no calls for the resignation or indictment of the one individual most responsible for the abuses. That would be the officer in charge of Abu Ghraib and all U.S. military prisons in Iraq, the commander of the 800th Military Police Brigade, Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski. And why have there been no calls for her resignation? Let’s be honest. It is because she is a woman. Thus the frightening lesson of the abuse scandal: Political correctness trumps national security...
  • Report Links U.S. General to Iraq Prison Abuse Case

    05/23/2004 1:40:19 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 56 replies · 250+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2004 01:07 AM ET | Staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for a soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib abuse case said a captain at the Iraqi prison has charged that Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez was present during some unspecified "interrogations and/or allegations of the prisoner abuse," The Washington Post reported on Sunday. Citing a recording of a military hearing obtained by the newspaper, The Post said the military lawyer, Capt. Robert Shuck, was told that Sanchez, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer in Iraq, and other senior officials were aware of what was taking place at Abu Ghraib. Shuck is assigned to defend Staff Sgt....
  • 'Those Guys In That Prison Weren't Boy Scouts'

    05/22/2004 12:09:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 137+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 5/21/04 | Neil Cavuto
    wonder knowing what we know now of Mohamed Atta (search) whether we would have minded seeing him stripped in a prison or forced to wear a hood or humiliated in any other way? I wonder if we secretly would have found ourselves hoping for far worse treatment. I wonder if anyone would blame us. And not just Atta. What if we saw any of the other 18 Sept. 11 hijackers (search) similarly treated? Knowing what we do now, would we care now? Probably not. We'll never know. But this much I do know. I know what Atta and his gang...
  • Left Eye’s View Seeing through the Abu Ghraib coverage.

    05/20/2004 9:08:13 AM PDT · by txradioguy · 4 replies · 84+ views ^ | 18 May 2004 | John O'Sullivan
    In World War II, a passer-by, lost in London's main official thoroughfare of Whitehall, stopped a military officer and asked him which side the Defense Department was on. The officer thought for a moment and then said: "Well, it's hard to be sure, but our side, I hope." In the last week the coverage of Iraq by the U.S. media has exhibited at least four separate failings: 1. Selective Agonizing. Ever since the Abu Ghraib photographs emerged, the media has shown them on every possible occasion, accompanied by reports and editorials on America's shame and the world's revulsion. That is...
  • ‘Definitely a Cover-Up’ (Iraq Prison Abuse Story on DRUDGE)

    05/18/2004 9:12:15 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 72 replies · 183+ views
    ABC ^ | May 18, 2004 | Brian Ross and Alexandra Salomon
    May 18, 2004 — Dozens of soldiers — other than the seven military police reservists who have been charged — were involved in the abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and there is an effort under way in the Army to hide it, a key witness in the investigation told ABCNEWS. "There's definitely a cover-up," the witness, Sgt. Samuel Provance, said. "People are either telling themselves or being told to be quiet." Provance, 30, was part of the 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion stationed at Abu Ghraib last September. He spoke to ABCNEWS despite orders from his commanders not to. "What...
  • More to bore about Abu Garib (ABC via Drudge)

    05/18/2004 3:31:11 PM PDT · by Zechariah11 · 19 replies · 236+ views
    "There's definitely a cover-up," the witness, Sgt. Samuel Provance, said. "People are either telling themselves or being told to be quiet." Provance, 30, was part of the 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion stationed at Abu Ghraib last September. He spoke to ABCNEWS despite orders from his commanders not to. "What I was surprised at was the silence," said Provance. "The collective silence by so many people that had to be involved, that had to have seen something or heard something."
  • Problems Abroad, Problems at Home: Prisoner Abuse in Iraq and the Tide of Smut

    05/18/2004 8:58:43 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 7 replies · 245+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | May 18, 2004 | Charles Colson
    The prisoner abuse in Iraq is a public-relations and foreign-policy disaster. It undermines, you see, our efforts to win over the hearts and minds of Muslims by introducing them to liberal democracy, which brings freedom, prosperity, and individual dignity to all people. Well, tragically, radical Islamists can now point to these photos as examples of what they have always charged: that is, that the West really brings decadence and moral decay. If I were recruiting terrorists, I’d show those lewd photos to everyone I met as proof of the West’s decadence and the need for a jihad. As I’ve tried...
  • Reuters Staff Abused by U.S. Troops in Iraq

    05/18/2004 9:09:56 AM PDT · by TexKat · 58 replies · 308+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/18/04 | Andrew Marshall
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces beat three Iraqis working for Reuters and subjected them to sexual and religious taunts and humiliation during their detention last January in a military camp near Falluja, the three said Tuesday. The three first told Reuters of the ordeal after their release but only decided to make it public when the U.S. military said there was no evidence they had been abused, and following the exposure of similar mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. Two of the three said they had been forced to insert a finger into their anus and then...
  • Army, CIA want torture truths exposed

    05/18/2004 8:12:29 AM PDT · by TexKat · 52 replies · 545+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/18/04 | Martin Sieff
    WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Efforts at the top level of the Bush administration and the civilian echelon of the Department of Defense to contain the Iraq prison torture scandal and limit the blame to a handful of enlisted soldiers and immediate senior officers have already failed: The scandal continues to metastasize by the day. Over the past weekend and into this week, devastating new allegations have emerged putting Stephen Cambone, the first Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, firmly in the crosshairs and bringing a new wave of allegations cascading down on the head of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, when...
  • Army, CIA want torture truths exposed

    05/18/2004 10:18:55 AM PDT · by SylvainSylvain · 8 replies · 257+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/18/2004 | Martin Sieff
    Army, CIA want torture truths exposed By Martin Sieff UPI Senior News Analyst Published 5/18/2004 7:16 AM WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Efforts at the top level of the Bush administration and the civilian echelon of the Department of Defense to contain the Iraq prison torture scandal and limit the blame to a handful of enlisted soldiers and immediate senior officers have already failed: The scandal continues to metastasize by the day. Over the past weekend and into this week, devastating new allegations have emerged putting Stephen Cambone, the first Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, firmly in the crosshairs and...
  • Abuse at Prison Exceeded Directives, Some Guards Say (No one asked to Rough Up Prisoners)

    05/18/2004 6:25:13 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 3 replies · 107+ views
    NY times. ^ | May 18, 2004 | KATE ZERNIKE
    Interrogators from military intelligence and other government agencies told guards at the Abu Ghraib prison to deprive detainees of sleep and food, and would strip detainees and make them sleep naked in their cells, but their orders stopped well short of the abuse at the center of the prison scandal, guards and investigators have testified at a preliminary hearing for one of the soldiers accused of abuse. According to a transcript of the hearing for the soldier, Sgt. Javal S. Davis, witnesses said that there were written "sleep management plans" and eating plans and that military intelligence members would regularly...
  • The media's double standard on Iraq prison abuse

    05/17/2004 11:09:59 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 139+ views
    Townhall ^ | may 17, 2004 | Paul Crespo
    For three weeks, the media has bombarded us with a pornographic orgy of lurid photos and stories of Iraqi prisoner abuse and humiliation. It has been almost impossible to avoid seeing the same disgusting images of a few rogue US soldiers mistreating naked Iraqi detainees as these images have been splashed daily across our TV screens, newspapers and magazine covers. Even the shocking videotape of the barbaric beheading last week in Iraq of American Nick Berg, by Islamic uber-terrorist Abu Musaf al Zarqawi (in his own words, responding to our photographic barrage of self-incrimination), apparently was not enough to sideline...
  • Testimony Details Last Hours of Iraqi Prisoner's Life (Story DRUDGE Maxi Pad Flash based on)

    05/17/2004 10:36:01 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 4 replies · 98+ views
    LATimes ^ | May 17, 2004 | Richard A. Serrano
    WASHINGTON — When CIA officers brought the Iraqi detainee to Abu Ghraib prison, his head was covered with an empty sandbag and Army guards were ordered to take him directly to a shower room that served as a makeshift interrogation center at the overcrowded, shell-damaged facility outside Baghdad. An hour later, in the midst of intensive questioning by military intelligence officials, the prisoner collapsed and died. Only then did interrogators remove the hood to reveal severe head wounds that had never been treated....< SNIP> Separately, a key defendant in the scandal said in a sworn statement to Army investigators that...
  • Prison Guard Calls Abuse Routine and Sometimes Amusing

    05/17/2004 9:47:04 PM PDT · by alnick · 39 replies · 242+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/16/04 | KATE ZERNIKE
    In a sworn statement to investigators, Pfc. Lynndie England explained the mystery of why soldiers at Abu Ghraib took pictures of detainees masturbating and piled naked with plastic sandbags over their heads by saying, "We thought it looked funny so pictures were taken." [snip] "Picture 000015 was basically us fooling around," she said, pointing to a photograph of detainees stacked naked in different positions in 1A, the area of the prison where the soldiers now charged with abuse worked. "She wanted a picture because she wrote `I'm a rapist' on one of the detainees," Private England explained, pointing to two...
  • Sly Sy - A journalist’s latest tricks.

    05/17/2004 12:01:09 PM PDT · by txradioguy · 37 replies · 563+ views ^ | 17 may 2004 | John J. Miller
    EDITOR'S NOTE: The man behind many of the most provocative Abu Ghraib stories — Seymour M. Hersh of The New Yorker — is one of the best-known reporters in the business. But that doesn't mean he always gets his facts right. "If the standard for being fired was being wrong on a story, I would have been fired long ago," he once said. Hersh has admitted to lying to his sources and one former editor accused him of blackmailing them. Can he be trusted today? John J. Miller profiled Hersh in the December 3, 2001 issue of National Review. “At...
  • The Springs of Fate (DOWD MEGA BARF ALERT!!!!)

    05/15/2004 8:31:52 PM PDT · by txradioguy · 15 replies · 167+ views
    NY Times ^ | 15 May 2004 | Maureen Dowd
    blivious of the consequences, the impetuous black sheep of a ruling family starts a war triggered by a personal grudge. The father, a respected veteran of his own wars, suppresses his unease and graciously supports his son, even though it will end up destroying his legacy and the world order he envisioned. The ferocious battle in the far-off sands spirals out of control, with many brave soldiers killed, with symbols of divinity damaged, with graphic scenes showing physical abuse of the conquered, and with devastatingly surreptitious guerrilla tactics. Aside from dishing up a gilded Brad Pitt with a leather miniskirt...
  • See No Evil

    05/14/2004 9:09:01 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 19 replies · 128+ views
    Newsweek via MSNBC ^ | May 13, 2004 | Brian Braiker
    A political psychologist explains the roles denial, emotion and childhood punishment play in politics May 13 - As details of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib became known, not everyone was shocked. A caller on Rush Limbaugh’s show likened the torture of prisoners to “a college fraternity prank.” The host picked up on the cue and started riffing. “Exactly my point! This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation and we're going to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really...
  • Shock of war hits home for America's 20-somethings

    05/14/2004 2:41:26 PM PDT · by The Lumster · 41 replies · 1,354+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 05-14-04 | Associated Press
    CHICAGO - For 20-somethings, this is their war now -- the first they've experienced as adults, the one in which they are major players. Graphic images from Iraq are being circulated on their medium, the Internet, riveting a generation sometimes criticized for being disengaged. And many of those images involve people their age, among them 26-year-old Nick Berg, whose horrific death was captured on video -- as well as young American soldiers mugging for the camera alongside naked, hooded Iraqi prisoners. "It's the first time we can't just point a finger at a leader and say 'You did this wrong'...
  • No Excuses Lynndie England’s story doesn’t gel.

    05/14/2004 1:26:56 PM PDT · by txradioguy · 81 replies · 646+ views ^ | 14 May 2004 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    Private First Class Lynndie England's contention that she was ordered to abuse Iraqi detainees, thus justifying her actions, simply won't wash. England and some of her fellow Army Reserve comrades are facing court martial for mistreating captured Iraqi soldiers at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison compound where Saddam Hussein's henchmen once mercilessly tortured and killed inmates. Jessica Klinestiver, England's sister has stated that she is "outraged" because undue blame has been heaped upon England. "That's not like my sister to do anything like that at all," she said. But the images tell a different story. Perhaps England was ordered to...
  • Prisoner abuse, beheading atrocity irk Fallujah Marines

    05/14/2004 2:18:00 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 111+ views
    AP via Marine Corps Times ^ | | Katarina Kratovac
    CAMP MERCURY, Iraq — Marines who battled insurgents in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah last month say they are appalled by images of Iraqi prisoner abuse by soldiers, as well as the videotaped beheading of American captive Nicholas Berg. The troops sometimes chat at breakfast about the images capturing the brutality of Iraq’s conflict, when the power is on and the staff sergeant in charge of the chow hall turns the television to the news, or when they return at night to base camp, gritty and dusty from daylong patrolling of the desert east of Fallujah. “Hey, you heard of...
  • Soldier Offers Guilty Plea, Details Abuse at Prison

    05/13/2004 8:38:16 PM PDT · by saquin · 27 replies · 134+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/14/04 | Christian Davenport
    One of the military police officers charged in the abuse scandal at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison has offered to plead guilty and has provided military investigators with a detailed account of how guards humiliated and beat detainees, in one case hitting a prisoner so hard he became unconscious. Spec. Jeremy C. Sivits, one of the seven members of the 372nd Military Police Company facing charges in the case, told investigators in a sworn statement that other prison guards forced detainees to strip, masturbate and pile on top of one another. [...] Sivits told investigators that the abuse would not have...
  • Soldier to Be Arraigned on Abuse Charges [Spc. Charles Graner]

    05/13/2004 11:16:33 AM PDT · by saquin · 22 replies · 140+ views
    PITTSBURGH - A second American soldier will be arraigned next week in Iraq on charges he abused Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison, his civilian attorney said Thursday. Spc. Charles A. Graner Jr., a member of the 372nd Military Police Company, will be formally charged with maltreatment and indecent acts at a hearing on May 20, attorney Guy Womack said in an e-mail sent to The Associated Press. Graner, 35, is the second soldier to face a court-martial. Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits will stand trial in Baghdad on May 19. Graner's attorney expects his client to plead not guilty, and...
  • The Abu Ghraib Collection

    05/12/2004 7:22:03 PM PDT · by txradioguy · 22 replies · 390+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 12 May 2004 | George Neumayr
    Outrage at obscene photos would be a little easier to take from liberal senators if they didn't have a history of financing them. Had Robert Mapplethorpe snapped the photos at Abu Ghraib, the Senate might have given him a government grant. Jesse Helms would certainly be surprised at the moral horror on display these days in the Senate. In 1989, he asked his fellow senators to stop funding degrading photography coming out of the National Endowment for the Arts. They refused. "I'm going to ask that all the pages, all the ladies and maybe all the staff leave the chamber...

    05/12/2004 12:26:43 PM PDT · by Crusher138 · 51 replies · 173+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 05/12/04 | Donald Devine
    <p>Thanks to Rep. Heather Wilson, New Mexico Republican and a former military officer, we now know the sequence of events that led to the American military police abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison. A military investigation in late summer 2003 of the 800th Military Police Brigade under Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski by Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller found a breakdown in discipline at the prison. When told that her troops were not even saluting, the general refused to order them to begin doing so.</p>
  • General cites leadership void in prison abuses (Taguba blasts Karpinski)

    05/12/2004 12:11:39 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 5 replies · 96+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 12, 2004, 1:00AM | MICHAEL HEDGES
    WASHINGTON -- The American soldiers who abused Iraqi prisoners lacked training, leadership and discipline and apparently were not acting under orders, the Army general who probed the scandal told lawmakers Tuesday. Asked to use simple words for his conclusion about what caused the shameful behavior, Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba said: "Failure in leadership from the brigade commander on down, lack of discipline, no training whatsoever and no supervision. Supervisory omission was rampant." As Taguba discussed with the Senate Armed Services Committee the causes and consequences of the abuse, a gruesome videotape surfaced on a Web site, showing the beheading of...
  • What a truck-up (British Prisoner Abuse Photos FAKE!)

    05/11/2004 10:39:30 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 1 replies · 87+ views
    The Sun Newspaper Online (Britain) ^ | 5-12-04 | GEORGE PASCOE-WATSON
    SHAMEFUL photographs showing British troops abusing Iraqi prisoners ARE fake, the Government confirmed yesterday. Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon told MPs that an Army truck seen in the photos had never been in Iraq. And he said the claims of torture that the pictures allegedly showed were old — and were already being investigated by the Army. A hushed House of Commons heard Mr Hoon’s damning indictment of the faked pictures, which have put British squaddies in Iraq in danger. He said: “There are strong indications the vehicle in which the photographs were taken was not in Iraq during the relevant...
  • General Blames Command and Training Lapses for Prison Abuse

    05/11/2004 8:40:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 142+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/11/04 | Kirk Semple
    Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, the Army general who wrote the report detailing abuses of Iraqi detainees by American soldiers, told a Senate panel today that rampant failures of leadership, training and discipline led to the violations at Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad. He said leadership failures could be traced as high as the brigade commander: Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who was in charge of the 800th Military Police Brigade, which oversaw the prison during the time the abuses were committed. "Failure in leadership from the brigade commander on down, lack of discipline, no training whatsoever, and no supervision"...
  • ABC's Charles Gibson Forces Laura Bush to Discuss Prison Abuse (Gibson's rooms)

    05/11/2004 9:13:47 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 15 replies · 246+ views
    MRC ^ | 10:30am EDT, Tuesday May 11, 2004 | BrentBaker
    First Lady Laura Bush agreed to a live interview on Monday's Good Morning America so she could promote her announcement of the 2004 grant recipients from her Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries, but ABC's Charles Gibson focused on the prison abuse scandal and her husband's view of it. Gibson wanted to know: "But does it put our entire effort, given the way it's being played over there, does it put our entire effort -- everything we've done -- in jeopardy?" When he got to education, his concern was about how the No Child Left Behind program is supposedly "under-funded."...