As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

If you're interested

Here's the text of the Taguba report, prepared by Major General Antonio Taguba regarding the Iraqi prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. The first page you read will put you one ahead of JCS Chairman Richard Myers or Secy. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, both of whom have admitted that they have yet to read the two month-old report.

Some gems:

Currently, due to lack of adequate Iraqi facilities, Iraqi criminals (generally Iraqi-on-Iraqi crimes) are detained with security internees (generally Iraqi-on-Coalition offenses) and EPWs in the same facilities, though segregated in different cells/compounds.

And apparently, that includes scientists too. Scientists who we wanted information from about where the WMD are (or aren't).

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.

The two boldfaced ones don't seem to be getting through to anyone. It's more than torture. It's rape and murder. Let me add other allegations in the report, "pouring phosphorous liquid on the detainees," "sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broomstick," and "handcuffing their hands together and their legs with shackles and... stacking them on top of each other by insuring that the bottom guy's penis will touch the guy on top's butt.”

Let's not forget Rumsfeld's press conference yesterday, which included an oops revelation about 25 mysterious homicides at Abu Ghraib currently under investigation.

Here are some Keystone Kops examples:

12.  (U) I find that prior to its deployment to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 320th MP Battalion and the 372nd MP Company had received no training in detention/internee operations. 

29. The Iraqi guards at Abu Ghraib BCCF) demonstrate questionable work ethics and loyalties, and are a potentially dangerous contingent within the Hard-Site.  These guards have furnished the Iraqi criminal inmates with contraband, weapons, and information.  Additionally, they have facilitated the escape of at least one detainee.

30.  (U) In general, US civilian contract personnel (Titan Corporation, CACI, etc…), third country nationals, and local contractors do not appear to be properly supervised within the detention facility at Abu Ghraib.  During our on-site inspection, they wandered about with too much unsupervised free access in the detainee area. 

What does third-country nationals mean? Are Israelis walking around this prison unattended? Jordanians? Who?
Anyone who thinks this is exceptional is deluded. This is SOP at Guantanamo, Afghanistan, and anywhere else we need to get information from prisoners. It just gets worse and worse.