New Reports of Abu Ghraib Abuse
Rolling Stone has an article analyzing the newly declassified documents on Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
New classified documents implicate U.S. forces in rape and sodomy of Iraqi prisoners....The new classified military documents offer a chilling picture of what happened at Abu Ghraib -- including detailed reports that U.S. troops and translators sodomized and raped Iraqi prisoners. The secret files -- 106 "annexes" that the Defense Department withheld from the Taguba report last spring -- include nearly 6,000 pages of internal Army memos and e-mails, reports on prison riots and escapes, and sworn statements by soldiers, officers, private contractors and detainees. The files depict a prison in complete chaos. Prisoners were fed bug-infested food and forced to live in squalid conditions; detainees and U.S. soldiers alike were killed and wounded in nightly mortar attacks; and loyalists of Saddam Hussein served as guards in the facility, apparently smuggling weapons to prisoners inside.
The files make clear that responsibility for what Taguba called "sadistic, blatant and wanton" abuses extends to several high-ranking officers still serving in command positions.
Just a few bad apples, right? [link via Just a Bump in the Beltway]
Check out the case Ron Reagan makes against President Bush in the September issue of Esquire.
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