Wednesday, March 15, 2006

 

"Mentally deranged"

9th in series : Chapter 9 Mentally Deranged
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http://www.salon.com/news/abu_ghraib/2006/03/14/chapter_9/index.html

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I repeat: official reports made by guards and interrogators reflect ONLY what they wish to say, whatever tale they concoct, and does not necessarily reveal the truth.

The video posted earlier of a prisoner bashing his head against a steel door MAY have been the result of psychological breakdown of a human being pushed beyond the limits of his endurance...
or of being coerced into doing it.

The same questions arise regarding the prisoner covered with a brown substance described as feces and whom the guards nicknamed "Shit Boy". Did the prisoner indeed smear feces on himself voluntarily, or was he coerced?

And again, in several photos taken from different angles (not all published here) of a prisoner anally abusing him self with an object, was he deranged as the guards claimed, or was he coerced or forced into doing it? It seems unlikely that he would volutarily perform such an act of self abuse while being filmed and with the guards as an audience.
Forcing prisoners into performing degrading, humiliating acts designed to destroy their self esteem is an accepted practise of torturers.
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