Friday, December 10, 2004

"A veteran sergeant who told his commanding officers that he witnessed his colleagues torturing Iraqi detainees was strapped to a gurney and flown out of Iraq - even though there was nothing wrong with him...

Over the past few weeks, the number of different account of torture and abuse by the United States has been staggering. Here is a quick run-down of some of the most recent:

- The Pentagon warned intelligence specialists as recently as June not to report the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

- FBI agents witnessed US soldiers abusing detainees at Guantanamo Bay as early 2002 but the Pentagon did little to investigate the complaints.

- New photographs emerge showing U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees as early as May 2003.

- The U.S. government argues it has the right to use evidence gained by torture in deciding whether to detain people at Guantanamo Bay.

- U.S. generals in Iraq were warned more than a month before the Abu Ghraib scandal emerged that detainees were being beaten and abused in Iraq."

More on the new torture allegations here

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