Sunday, February 19, 2006



Information from Veterans for Common Sense


Message: Click on highlighted text to view photos; click on arrows to advance photos. The dead Iraqi was obviously severely beaten prior to death; note swollen black eye and bruises on shoulders.

Part of the psychological breakdown of prisoners is to keep them nude to humiliate them, make them feel more helpless and vulnerable, plus the physical discomfort of cold. The excessive blood in a cell that the guards allege came from a prisoner involved in a "shootout" with them who had somehow obtained a weapon and fired on them. May I ask how did a prisoner who is stark, raving naked, locked in a barred cell, manacled, and allowed no visitors nor anyone even near the prison, surrounded by armed guards and dogs -OBTAIN A WEAPON?? The official record is a lot of bull hockey!! They have to have excuses. We will probably never find out what horrors went on in that cell.

The Iraqi smeared with human excrement is alleged to have done it to himself. Possible. But also possible it was done TO him as part of psychological and physical abuse.

Since various kinds of sexual abuse was visited upon the prisoners as a means of torture, I question whether the photo of the Iraqi prisoner anally abusing himself with an object was indeed voluntary or if he was coerced and intimidated into doing it. Note that his hands are handcuffed behind him.

Officials create the records. They may enter anything in the reports they may invent and there is no one to contradict them.

The following are a part of the Australian files that our government did NOT want revealed.

Article Title: Salon exclusive: The Abu Ghraib files

Salon has obtained files and other electronic documents from an internal Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal.

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 Along with the unpublished material, the material obtained by Salon also appears to include all of the famous photographs published after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in April 2004, as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 we are showing in the accompanying gallery 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 a 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."

Based on a verbal description of the files and images, Olshansky said she believes that the material obtained by Salon represents all of the Abu Ghraib images and video the Pentagon has been fighting to keep confidential. "I'm guessing that what you have is a pretty rare and complete set," she said.

The Pentagon initially argued in federal court that release of more Abu Ghraib images would violate the privacy rights of the Iraqi prisoners. Later, government lawyers argued that public release of the records might "endanger" soldiers in Iraq because publication of the pictures could incite further violence.

The government's argument was rejected by a federal district court last September. Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in his ruling, "Terrorists do not need pretexts for their barbarism." Release of the photographs in the suit has been delayed as the government appeals Hellerstein's decision.

Meanwhile, military trials of the soldiers who served at Abu Ghraib continue. Next month, two more enlisted men, both dog handlers, will face a military court at Fort Meade in Maryland. No high-ranking officer or official has yet been charged in the abuse scandal that blackened America's reputation across the world.

Additional reporting by Mark Follman, Page Rockwell and Michael Scherer.

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Photos of Iraqi torture victims. Click on small photo for enlargement. The small pictures are bad enough but the detail that shows in some of the enlargements is sickening. Some of the enlargements are so big you must slide the bottom and side slide-bars to view the photo. Click on 2 after page 1 is completed.

Beatings and other kinds of physical torture, psychological torture and dehumanizing treatment, and allegations of sexual abuse. Forcing hooded, manacled, naked men to masturbate upon threat of turning the dogs on them or being shot is a terrible, perverted act. The photos show a line of men performing such things; in one photo a man is kneeling in front of a standing nude man and it appears that he may be being forced to perform fellatio. Another photo shows a distraught man with what appears to be semen coming from his mouth. "Simulated" sex acts by the guards? Simulated or real sexual exploitation and abuse? Other reports not included here accuse guards of rape. Can these be Americans behaving in such a degrading, inhumane manner? Ufortunately, yes.

What do you think these people think about the democracy and freedom the Americans have brought to them.

Are you some kind of traitor? How can you be a decent American and go whining and boo-hooing about those filthy inhuman ragheaded sand niggers? Just a bunch of camel jockeys. So who cares if they get slapped around a little, maybe even killed once in a while. No great loss. We think you just get your jollies by looking at naked men. You're so damned old all you can do is look and drool.
I am not a traitor simply because I am a humanitarian.

I have seen so many unclothed human beings in my lifetime of nursing, I hardly get my jollies or drool when I see a few more. They are just people without clothes on. At your age, you apparently view nudity in a sexual context. I don't. Some of those men appear to be about the age of my sons or grandsons and I empathize with them --what if that happened to my family males. I most certainly do not entertain incestuous thoughts about my boys, either. I think you have a prurient mind.

You may try to dehumanize them by affixing derogatory epithets to them but name-calling does not rob them of their humanity. The Flat Earth Society insisted on calling the earth flat but it affected the shape of earth not a whit; it just kept rolling on around the sun like a giant blue marble.

Ofcourse I have not forgotten 9/11. What American could? What does that have to do with the Iraqis? If you watched the video, you heard Bush admit that there was no evidence connecting Iraq with 9/11 -- he confessed that AFTER he got the war he wanted.
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