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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Taguba Report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse
6. (S) I find that the intentional abuse of detainees by military police personnel included the following acts:

a. (S) Punching, slapping, and kicking detainees; jumping on their naked feet;
b. (S) Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees;
c. (S) Forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing;
d. (S) Forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time;
e. (S) Forcing naked male detainees to wear women's underwear;
f. (S) Forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped;
g. (S) Arranging naked male detainees in a pile and then jumping on them;
h. (S) 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. (S) 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. (S) Placing a dog chain or strap around a naked detainee's neck and having a female Soldier pose for a picture;
k. (S) A male MP guard having sex with a female detainee;
l. (S) Using military working dogs (without muzzles) to intimidate and frighten detainees, and in at least one case biting and severely injuring a detainee;
m. (S) Taking photographs of dead Iraqi detainees.
(ANNEXES 25 and 26)
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8. (U) 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 witnesses (ANNEX 26):

a. (U) Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees;
b. (U) Threatening detainees with a charged 9mm pistol;
c. (U) Pouring cold water on naked detainees;
d. (U) Beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair;
e. (U) Threatening male detainees with rape;
f. (U) 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. (U) Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.
h. (U) Using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.
It looks as if the shit has finally hit the fan. I wonder if the American people, for the most part outraged, will eventually become desensitzed as more information is released about abuses as they have with the constantly and rapidly rising soldier casulties. Will it become just one more thing to sit through during the evening news while waiting for the weather or sports scores? Like rattling off the names of every dead soldier, will it become labelled as just one more bit of anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-patriotic hysteria brought on by the Left?

Why is anyone even surprised? Are we all so taken in by the talk about military "honor" and "ethics" and "heroism" that no one remembers that soldiers are in essence hired state-sanctioned killers? That this is a war based on lies and deceit and waged illegally? No one remembers the cruelties performed in Vietnam? No one remembers that this is a war packaged after-the-fact as one to wipe out cruelty and torture carried out by an "evil" regime?

U.S. Town Sees GIs as Real Victims in Iraq Abuse

The Bush Administration should be congratulated, and kudos finally go to all those "leftist kooks" who have been screaming "Orwellian nightmare!" since Bush took office. If anything is a clear example of the doublethink of the American Right, it is the fact these people can justify the war because Saddam Hussein tortured his people and had to be stopped, and with the same neurons and synapses boldly suggest that anything less than the torture of Iraqi prisoners of war (torture carried out in the very same facilty Hussein used, no less) is unpatriotic. They are celebrating acts that they were all in favor of invading a soveriegn state to end. It would be sad if it weren't so terrifying.

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