Friday, April 30, 2004

US military in torture scandal : Abuse of Prisoners not all

The Guardian article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1206725,00.html) about the photos of abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison are only the tip of the iceburg about abuse by soldiers in Iraq.

I've personally heard reports of:

* THEFT - soldiers stealing cash and valuables from Iraqi homes during raids. Look for returning guardsmen to suddenly have enough money to open up new businesses.
* ABUSE OF CIVILIANS - too many stories to count about "hogtied" family members, psychological torture and other abuse.
* DEATHS - Also eyewitness accounts of soldiers directly targeting civilians, either during the heat of battle or in anger after their own "friendly fire" incidents.

Many reports have been given to military commanders for research and followup. Some will certainly see the light of day at some point in the future.

For now, talk to returning soldiers and get them to (if they are brave enough) to tell you what they witnessed.

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