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Documents Show Troops Tortured Prisoners in Mosul

Newly released Army documents show that U.S. troops systemically tortured Iraqi prisoners in Mosul. The documents were obtained by the ACLU pursuant to its Freedom of Information Act request.

An investigation by a U.S. officer after an Iraqi prisoner's jaw was broken at the base in Mosul found that "detainees were being systematically and intentionally mistreated" in late 2003.

The documents show a variety of torture techniques were inflicted on the prisoners:

  • "Deafening heavy metal music was played, and guards threw cold water onto hooded prisoners and sounded bullhorns beside their heads."
  • "The detainees had sandbags over their heads that were marked with different crimes, leading the guards to believe that the particular detainee committed that particular crime. The report said the bag on [prisoner] Jassim's head was marked 'IED' -- the acronym for Improvised Explosive Device, roadside bombs that have killed and maimed hundreds of soldiers."
  • "Soldiers questioned for the investigation revealed a culture of prisoner abuse at the base. One said that troops "always harassed the hell out of detainees." Another said that at times "the detainees would get so scared they would piss themselves."
  • "...three Iraqis working for Reuters that they were subjected to beatings, sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation, white noise and exhausting physical exercises at a U.S. base near Falluja in January 2004."

No one has been held accountable for these abuses and the Army has said it will not be taking further action. The ACLU has issued this press release on the abuse.

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  • Re: Documents Show Troops Tortured Prisoners in Mo (none / 0) (#1)
    by Sailor on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 11:07:11 AM EST
    Yep, just a few bad apples, if by 'few' you mean an orchard.

    Abuse Iraqis, or murder them: Bush doesn't give a damn. Take a wealthy white woman in PVS off life-support, and Bush will break his vacaton for her.

    Culture of life. Rule of law. Rogue nation.

    Aw! Noise and fear. Exhausting exercise! Poor babies. Breaking a jaw, bad. Scaring them and physical exertion are torture? Damn the NFL for torturing players in summer training camp! Tea and crimpets, anyone? I suppose you Lefties are all volunteering to give them their mid-day massages. Have fun, and don't forget to bring your sunscreen.

    Re: Documents Show Troops Tortured Prisoners in Mo (none / 0) (#5)
    by Che's Lounge on Sun Mar 27, 2005 at 12:20:03 PM EST
    Easter troll.

    Re: Documents Show Troops Tortured Prisoners in Mo (none / 0) (#6)
    by soccerdad on Sun Mar 27, 2005 at 12:22:51 PM EST
    Easter Troll But he left eggs ,,, wait a minute those aren't eggs. Disgusting