Friday, May 07, 2004

More of Rush's Fraternity Pranks and Blowing off Steam From MSNBC: “There are other photos that depict incidents of physical violence towards prisoners, acts that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane," he said. “... It’s going to get a good deal more terrible, I’m afraid.” Rumsfeld did not describe the photos, but U.S. military officials told NBC News that the unreleased images showed U.S. soldiers severely beating an Iraqi prisoner nearly to death, having sex with a female Iraqi female prisoner and “acting inappropriately with a dead body.” The officials said there was also a videotape, apparently shot by U.S. personnel, showing Iraqi guards raping young boys. -- Beating to Death -- I guess usually I would describe sex with a female prisoner (nice editing MSNBC) to be oh, rape. -- On Forced Sodomy between Iraqi Guards and young boys. Oh fuck. OK, how widespread, how planned...and can it get any sicker? Oh, and Rush -- in case you didn't know (like that was possible) is an asshole. UPDATE: And More...And THIS clearly came from HIGH UP, this was a Baath Party Official...From ABC NEWS The photographs show a 52-year-old former Baath Party official, Nadem Sadoon Hatab, who died at the detention center last June after a three-day period in which he was allegedly subjected to beatings and karate kicks to the chest and left to die naked in his own feces. Abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Camp White Horse was allegedly carried out by U.S. Marine reservists. The accused reservists have told their lawyers they were given orders to "soften up" the men in their custody for interrogation by what were known as human exploitation teams from military intelligence. After the prisoners were allegedly softened up, "the interrogations were conducted by these human exploitation teams that as far as we can tell didn't report to anybody in the normal chain of command," according to Don Rehkopf, an attorney for one of the accused reservists. According to the military autopsy report obtained by ABCNEWS, Hatab's death was ruled a homicide, caused by strangulation, the result of a fracture of a bone in his throat. The medical examiner testified it took him hours to die.... Lawyers say none of the Marines spoke Arabic, nor were there any translators assigned to the camp. "There was a failure in the senior command leadership. I'm not talking about the command at the Marine Corps level, I'm talking the DOD [Department of Defense] level," said Rehkopf. According to testimony in the case, Hatab was targeted for especially harsh treatment because he was believed to be in possession of Jessica Lynch's 507th Army Battalion weapon and suspected of involvement in the ambush of her unit. The court-martial in the alleged homicide, one in more than a dozen such suspicious deaths of Iraqi prisoners, is scheduled to begin in Camp Pendleton in San Diego in August. It gets sicker and sicker, and bigger and bigger. What can one really say?
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