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 Thursday, February 16, 2006

NEW Abu Ghraib Prison Torture Photos


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Abu Ghraib prison guard showing off his tattoo

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READ HERE Background of the Abu Ghraib Torture and Prison Abuse (from Wikipedia)

Other Breaking News

  • COMMENTARY by Walter Shapiro - Why we're publishing the new Abu Ghraib photos:America -- and the world -- has the right to know what was done in our name.: Abu Ghraib cannot be allowed to fade away like some half-forgotten domestic political controversy, which may have prompted newsmagazine covers at the time, but now seems as irrelevant as the 2002 elections. Abu Ghraib is not an issue of partisan sound bites or refighting the decision to invade Iraq. Grotesque violations of every value that America proclaims occurred within the walls of that prison. These abuses were carried out by soldiers who wore our flag on their uniforms and apparently believed that Americans here at home would approve of their conduct. Rather than hiding what they did out of shame, they commemorated their sadism with a visual record. Read here for more

  • Australian public broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) on Thursday defended its decision to show previously unseen pictures of the abuse of prisoners in Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison by United States troops.The producer of the Dateline programme that aired the photographs and videos, Mike Carey, dismissed complaints from Washington that the broadcast could further inflame anti-US sentiment and endanger troops in Iraq.Describing the charge as a "joke", Carey told the national AAP news agency that troops are already at great risk in Iraq. "I don't think anything that we do here in Australia is going to make their risk any greater or smaller," he was quoted as saying. "We put them to air because it's our responsibility as reporters to get this stuff on air." Read here for more

  • Top officials in the Bush administration have expressed concern about the release of more photos of abuse of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. They're concerned that it will trigger violence around the world. Read here for more

  • An Australian network could be justified in airing graphic images of abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison if they showed evidence of mistreatment that has not already been investigated, Prime Minister John Howard said today.Read here for more

  • Read here full article in

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TORTURE PHOTOS ---> NEW Abu Ghraib Torture Photos

    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.

    They include:
    - 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."

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