We all waited for May 18th to come. We were anxious to se the pictures of interrogation in Abu Gharib–but the day passed by without even a glimpse of the pictures. So what happened? As CNN reported Obama’s so called “flip-flop” on the photos my Dad scowled and said, “It’s because there’s pictures of [interrigators] torturing Iraqi children to get thm to talk!”
I decided to do some more research. If you google “Soldiers torturing Iraqi Children” you’ll find articles such as, “U.S. Troops Caught torturing Iraqi Kids” However, the content is not quite what you were expecting to see. Pictures of loving american soldiers playing with Iraqi kids, giving out food, and even one sad picture of a soldier weeping over a bloodied Iraqi’s kid corpse in his arms. While these pictures are very touching and uplifting they are not an accurate representation for the terrorized Iraq the U.S. has built. I did some more searching, and I came across this youtube video that shows a more realistic situation.
I encourage you watch the entire bloody 2 minutes. It’s not clear whether these are British or American soldiers, but regardless, it’s some terrible stuff. However, this isn’t Abu Gharib though–This was filmed in Iraq, outside of the prison to civilian children. So what exactly is happening in Abu Gharib?
The following is from WhatReallyHappened.com about some torture methods used in Abu Gharib.
The following are (which was ordered by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of Joint Task Force-7. (Complete text of the Taguba report is posted at the MSNBC site.) In addition, several detainees also described the following acts of abuse, which under the circumstances, I find credible based on the clarity of their statements and supporting evidence provided by other witnessesexcerpts from an investigation by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba
a. Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees;
b. Threatening detainees with a charged 9mm pistol;
c. Pouring cold water on naked detainees;
d. Beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair;
e. Threatening male detainees with rape;
f. Allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell;
g. Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.
h. Using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.
(T)he intentional abuse of detainees by military police personnel included the following acts:
a. Punching, slapping, and kicking detainees; jumping on their naked feet;
b. Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees;
c. Forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing;
d. Forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time;
e. Forcing naked male detainees to wear women’s underwear;
f. Forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped;
g. Arranging naked male detainees in a pile and then jumping on them;
h. Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture;
i. Writing “I am a Rapest” (sic) on the leg of a detainee alleged to have forcibly raped a 15-year old fellow detainee, and then photographing him naked;
j. Placing a dog chain or strap around a naked detainee’s neck and having a female Soldier pose for a picture;
k. A male MP guard having sex with a female detainee;
l. Using military working dogs (without muzzles) to intimidate and frighten detainees, and in at least one case biting and severely injuring a detainee;
m. Taking photographs of dead Iraqi detainees.
These findings are amply supported by written confessions provided by several of the suspects, written statements provided by detainees, and witness statements.
The various detention facilities operated by the 800th MP Brigade have routinely held persons brought to them by Other Government Agencies (OGAs) without accounting for them, knowing their identities, or even the reason for their detention. The Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center (JIDC) at Abu Ghraib called these detainees “ghost detainees.”
On at least one occasion, the 320th MP Battalion at Abu Ghraib held a handful of “ghost detainees” (6-8) for OGAs that they moved around within the facility to hide them from a visiting International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) survey team. This maneuver was deceptive, contrary to Army Doctrine, and in violation of international law.
It’s not necessarily anything new for people following the mainstream news on Abu Gharib. These are only a few of the torture methods as of 2004. You won’t find “Torture kids to get them to talk” listed on there, but that does not mean i does not exist, although it is proving very difficult to find any evidence on that torture method. Perhaps using the children of the Iraqi detainees is not a common practise, and I do not doubt that it has been done. By looking for this practise I came across something more shocking: The detaining of innocent Iraqi children in Abu Gharib.
Here are some accounts on the forture of Iraqi children:
Former prisoner Thaar Salman Dawod in a witness statement said, “(I saw) two boys naked and they were cuffed together face to face and (a US soldier) was beating them and a group of guards were watching and taking pictures and there was three female soldiers laughing at the prisoners.”
Iraqi TV reporter, Suhaib Badr-Addin al-Baz, arrested while making a documentary and thrown into Abu Ghraib for 74 days, told Mackay he saw “hundreds” of children there. Al-Baz said he heard one 12-year-old girl crying, “They have undressed me. They have poured water over me.” He said he heard her whimpering daily.
Al-Baz also told of a 15-year-old boy “who was soaked repeatedly with hoses until he collapsed.” Amnesty International said ex-detainees reported boys as young as 10 are held at Abu Ghraib.
German TV reporter Thomas Reutter of “Report Mainz” quoted U.S. Army Sgt. Samuel Provance that interrogation specialists “poured water” over one 16-year-old Iraqi boy, drove him throughout a cold night, “smeared him with mud” and then showed him to his father, who was also in custody. Apparently, one tactic employed by the Bush regime is to elicit confessions from adults by dragging their abused children in front of them.
The Los Angeles Times as far back as August 26, 2004, reported U.S. military police at Abu Ghraib “used Army dogs to play a bizarre game in which they scared teenage detainees into defecating and urinating on themselves.”
And reporter Hersh told the American Civil Liberties Union convention he has seen videotapes of Iraqi boys that were sodomized, “and the worst part is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking.”
Jonathan Steele, wrote in the British “The Guardian” this past Sept. 9th, “Hundreds of children, some as young as nine, are being held in appalling conditions in Baghdad’s prisons, sleeping in sweltering temperatures in overcrowded cells, without working fans, no daily access to showers, and subject to frequent sexual abuse by guards, current and former prisoners say.” Sixteen-year-old Omar Ali told the “Guardian” he spent more than three years at Karkh juvenile prison sleeping with 75 boys to a cell that is just five by 10 meters, some of them on the floor. Omar told the paper guards often take boys to a separate room in the prison and rape them.span>span>
That’s only a segment of the full article. So what does this have to do with witholding the pictures of Abu Gharib from the American public? The previous evidence of what’s happening in Iraq is demonstrating what happens outside of Abu Gharib. What’s happening inside Abu Gharib where the U.S. has complete control–Is multiplied, especially if we can expect the witheld pictures to be worst than the ones available on Google.
One of the first pictures we recieved from Abu Gharib. They attach a wire of some sort to the following body parts as seen in the picture, (the one going inside the cloak is attached to the expected) and this stimulated some sort of electrical current, so the prisoner believes he’s being electricuted to death.
The Abu Gharib pics have been witheld from the public because “The most direct consequence of releasing them I believe would be to inflame anti-American public opinion and to put our troops in greater danger.” Obama.
The last time Abu Gharib torture pictures were released it did in fact, elicit an angry response from the Arabs, and public in general. First came shock, than the anger. Obama wants to prevent the public for having another reason to grow Anti-American, or anti-nationalistic. The sad truth is it’s true–By not releasing the pictures he is containing the public’s perspective on Iraq, and likewise in Iraq. If the American public saw these new pictures they would in fact look at the occupation in Iraq negatively, and would show a different face toward torture. These pictures, these videos–The thing is, torture hasn’t proved effective. We found Saddam Hussein in a hole, after torturing countless number of Iraqis. Will the same be for Bin Laden?