New Documents: Guards Abused Prisoners for Amusement and Punishment
The Washington Post is reporting that previously secret documents now being released show that the Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison were not being abused to soften them up for interrogation, but were being done as punishment and amusement .
The information comes in part from the guards themselves. One guard said:
He said that he asked Graner, a Pennsylvania prison guard in civilian life, about the photographs. Graner replied: "The Christian in me says it's wrong, but the corrections officer in me says, 'I love to make a grown man piss himself.' "
....All the MPs who provided statements also described abuses that appeared to have little to do with intelligence gathering. Instead, they said detainees were beaten and sexually humiliated as punishment or for fun.
Here's a few of the stories behind the photos:
- The Naked Pyramid Photo: "I was laughing at some of the stuff."
- Punches and Kicks Photo: "Knocked the Detainee Unconscious."
- The Dogs Photo: "They Let the Dogs Corner Him."
Some examples of the abuse:
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