Abu Ghraib

Report Found “Sadistic, Blatant, And Wanton Criminal Abuses” At Abu Ghraib. According to the New Yorker, “Specifically, Taguba found that between October and December of 2003 there were numerous instances of ‘sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses’ at Abu Ghraib. This systematic and illegal abuse of detainees, Taguba reported, was perpetrated by soldiers of the 372nd Military Police Company, and also by members of the American intelligence community.” [New Yorker, 5/10/04]

Abuses At Abu Ghraib Included Beatings, Sexual Assault, And Use Of Dogs To Threaten Prisoners. According to the New Yorker, “Taguba’s report listed some of the wrongdoing: Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on naked detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair; threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick, and using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.” [New Yorker, 5/10/04]

Perpetrators Took Photographs Of Iraqi Prisoners They Were Tormenting. According to the New Yorker, “There was stunning evidence to support the allegations, Taguba added—‘detailed witness statements and the discovery of extremely graphic photographic evidence.’ Photographs and videos taken by the soldiers as the abuses were happening were not included in his report, Taguba said, because of their ‘extremely sensitive nature.’ The photographs—several of which were broadcast on CBS’s ‘60 Minutes 2’ last week—show leering G.I.s taunting naked Iraqi prisoners who are forced to assume humiliating poses.” [New Yorker, 5/10/04]

Most Abu Ghraib Prisoners Were Civilians, And Included Women, Teenagers, And People Picked Up In Random Sweeps. According to the New Yorker, “Most of the prisoners, however—by the fall there were several thousand, including women and teen-agers—were civilians, many of whom had been picked up in random military sweeps and at highway checkpoints. They fell into three loosely defined categories: common criminals; security detainees suspected of ‘crimes against the coalition’; and a small number of suspected ‘high-value’ leaders of the insurgency against the coalition forces.” [New Yorker, 5/10/04]

Abu Ghraib Prisoner Who Was Never Charged With A Crime: “For 32 Days I Was Without Clothes.” According to CNN, “The next day, he was processed and put into Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. ‘They made us take off all our clothes, even our underwear,’ recalled the man who is afraid to reveal his identity, instead offering up the alias of Abu Ahmed. ‘They walked us in front of all the cells, about 50 or 60 cells, in front of all the detainees, in front of the soldiers, of the female soldiers. They got us in the cells, still naked, and they locked us inside,’ he said, tears welling in his eyes. ‘They made us stand in the corner of the cell. We were not allowed to sit down. We were not even allowed to talk.’ That treatment went on and on, Abu Ahmed said. ‘For 32 days I was without clothes, even if we wanted to pray, we had to pray naked. […] Abu Ahmed has never been charged with a single crime.’” [CNN, 5/21/09]