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Salon has obtained files and other electronic documents from an internal Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal.
The material, which includes more than 1,000 photographs, videos and supporting documents from the Army's probe, may represent all of the photographic and video evidence that pertains to that investigation.
The files, from the Army's Criminal Investigation Command (CID), include hundreds of images that have NEVER been publicly released.
Along with the unpublished material, the material obtained by Salon also appears to include all of the famous photographs published after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in April 2004, as well as the photographs and videos published Wednesday by the Australian television news show "Dateline."
The source who gave the CID material to Salon is someone who spent time at Abu Ghraib as a uniformed member of the military and is familiar with the CID investigation.
The DVD containing the material includes a June 6, 2004, CID investigation report written by Special Agent James E. Seigmund.
That report includes the following summary of the material included:
"A review of all the computer media submitted to this office revealed a total of
-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,
-20 images of a soldier with a Swastika drawn between his eyes,
-37 images of Military Working dogs being used in abuse of detainees and
- 125 images of questionable acts."
The photographs )Click here to see --> NEW Abu Ghraib Torture Photos ) represent a small fraction of these visual materials. None, as far as we know, have been published elsewhere.
- a naked, handcuffed prisoner in a contorted position;
- a dead prisoner who had been severely beaten;
- a prisoner apparently sodomizing himself with an object; and
- naked, hooded prisoner standing next to an American officer who is blandly writing a report against a wall.
Other photographs depict a bloody cell.
The DVD also includes photographs of guards threatening Iraqi prisoners with dogs, homemade videotapes depicting hooded prisoners being forced to masturbate, and a video showing a mentally disturbed prisoner smashing his head against a door.
Oddly, the material also includes numerous photographs of slaughtered animals and mundane images of soldiers traveling around Iraq.
Accompanying texts from the CID investigation provide fairly detailed explanations for many of the photographs, including dates and times and the identities of both Iraqis and Americans.
Based on time signatures of the digital cameras used, all the photographs and videos were taken between Oct. 18, 2003, and Dec. 30, 2003.
It is noteworthy that some of the CID documents refer to CIA personnel as interrogators of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. But no CIA officers have been prosecuted for any crimes that occurred within the prison, despite the death of at least one Iraqi during a CIA interrogation there.
Human-rights and civil-liberties groups have been locked in a legal battle with the Department of Defense since mid-2004, demanding that it release the remaining visual documents from Abu Ghraib in its possession.
It is not clear whether the material obtained by Salon is identical to that sought by these groups, although it seems highly likely that it is.
Barbara Olshansky, deputy legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, said, "We brought the lawsuit because we wanted to make sure the public knew what the government was doing, particularly at these detention facilities," and, "It is the public's right to know."