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U.S. Army report on Iraqi prisoner abuse

Complete text of Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba


6. (S) 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.


8. (U) In addition, several detainees also described the following acts of abuse, which under the circumstances, I find credible based on the clarity of their statements and supporting evidence provided by other witnesses (ANNEX 26):

a. (U) Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees;

b. (U) Threatening detainees with a charged 9mm pistol;

c. (U) Pouring cold water on naked detainees;

d. (U) Beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair;

e. (U) Threatening male detainees with rape;

f. (U) Allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell;

g. (U) Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.

h. (U) Using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.

via Cryptome

And on a related note...

David Weinberger
Aw, shoot, now torture may not be worth the paperwork
...the new head of the prison, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller... said that some interrogation techniques, such as sleep deprivation or stressful positions, will require a commander's approval.
Excuse me, but we are ok with torturing prisoners so long as it doesn't leave any marks?


The road to Abu Ghraib winds from Mi Lai to The School of the Americas, through Guantanamo and directly to the oil-slippery slopes of Baghdad. The path features villages wrapped in razor wire, too many shootings of civilians at checkpoints, way too many doors kicked in. It shows us a montage of footage from all the pre-dawn raids...and the faces of women insurgents and children insurgents and old people insurgents before the descending hoods bring darkness. It features Coalition forces arresting family members in order to force men to surrender. It might even feature sniping of children and ambulances. The fuel for the journey; Our indifference and xenophobia. Look back at the map of the journey. We know how we got to Abu Ghraib

b. (S) Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees;

k. (S) A male MP guard having sex with a female detainee;

If any pictures involving female Iraqi prisoners ever get out, it's all over for the occupation...

My oh my how narrow minded we've become, it's amazing how bodies that are charred, burned and mutilated doesn't get as much coverage as ALLEGED torturing. Amazing...

They are as helpless as to use a euphemism "having sex" instead of "assault" or "rape". Before someone mentions about the US occupation of Japan in post WWII or any inhuman act of Japanese army in WWII, I'd like to make sure that we are talking things that happend in the 21st century by the 21st century standard, and those prisoner abuses in Iraq are clearly against the norm or the UN anti-torture pact, even though the jail was run by private contract mercenaries under the name of the US army.

Dear Chomper; if you haven't noticed, the video where a few apparently unarmed iraqies were shot, burned and charred by an American Apache helicopter crew gets a lot of coverage too. If you've missed it ... amazing, indeed.

Not that I condone this type of treatment of anyone by anyone..I find it funny that we have to deal with politicizing Iraqi "abuse" and the American citizens that were mutilated only get a mention for a day or two. One is OK the other is not. I think American media both liberal and conservative needs to be VERY asshamed. As do the American population for having such short and fickle memories and attention spans. WAKE UP!

Seems to me you guys just dont get it...
I am an American. I am also Muslim. I have 2 sons aged 2 years old and 4 years old.
No all the prisoners there are "terrorists"
Close your eyes.
Imagine waking up and being in complete darkness. Run to your daughters room to find your wife, and children are killed buy a American bomb.
Why you scream! Hatred, rage over comes you and then you think I will protect myself and kill them before they kill me.
Say then you pick up a gun.
Close you eyes and open them to find yourself detained in hell.
Being stripped of every human right imaginagable.
Or imagine this is the Usa and Iraqi invaded and bomded us. We now become the victims and the abused.
Seem a little different.
As for 911 and the others killed that were innocent.
Islam does not allow these actions, nor does Christainity allow these soldiers actions.
Mr Bush gave us "revenge" and rumsfield did not give a care what happened to "those people".
Media has caused this "yellow smile" and new face amoung our concerned political powers that be.
We think the prisoners in Cuba are not being treated the same. Well we dont care.. Its not us.
Well one day it will be us and we will know the cry of their injustice.
If my son had been raped with a broom stick and forced to do the things these prisioner had been forced to do.
I can only say I would get justice.
Wrong is wrong and in my opinion I could not care if the dead body was American or Iraqi.
They are dead.
God created them and They are gone.
We are not American any way, none of us are American. We are invaders and rapists of the Indians. Let us all go back to our Countries.

One thing I may have missed...who were these detainees in this one cell block...were they apprehended after killing our soldiers ? were they mujahadeen or other religious fanatic murderers ?If they were in one of the above categories, then they are fortunate to have made it to the prison....street justice should have prevailed....I feel for our troops who can't be sure who is friend or who is assassin...both in Iraq or here at home...I know some response to my thoughts would be that we should not sink to the level of our enemies...that wouldl hold true if we were involved with members of the civilized world...we are , unfortunately, dealing with religious fanatical murderers who have stated that they want to kill all Americans, wherever and whoever they ..women...children...
What will happen if they get their hands on some Apocopalyptic Weapon..nuclear.. chemical...biological...THEY WILL USE IT....

That is the mind frame we MUST embrace and do WHATEVER IT TAKES to destroy this enemy our troops...instead of weeping and wailing and beating our chests about the so-called ABUSE of indivuals in prison

David, although this is not the ONLY reason, I think the differences is that the people who abused these prisoners were uniformed soldiers where were in a position of authority and responsibility under the command of the US Commander and Chief. The horrible people who mutilated the US soldiers probably never even heard of the Geneva Convention. It's like the difference between a policeman raping someing in uniform and some random criminal doing so. It reminds me a bit about my post about Samurai and honor.

Obviously, there other, more complicated issues, but to me this an important one.

I think it’s sad that we are justifying acts of abuse. For all those who yell “Remember 9-11” or “what about our soldiers that were dragged” remember this …Two wrongs don’t make it right. We are all human.
I am half Iranian and half American, raised by a proud Muslim father and I served in the US Army for 9 years. I grew up seeing what a bomb can do to a home, and a body. I saw people being dragged and shot in front of their own homes because of what they believed. I grew up in fear and saw soldiers coming to the school and kidnapping little boys so minefields made by the Iraqi soldiers could be cleared. Enough hatred!
I don’t care if you are white, black, purple or green, Buddhist, Christian or Muslim. How do we teach our children to love one another when it’s the adults that are full of hatred, justifying wrongs and hoping for revenge? None of us can pass judgment. There is bad in all walks of life. The US is a huge melting pot and we all have dreams. I don’t want my children to see what I did as a child.
I think the 60’s had it right….Love not War.

Proud Veteran

you are a sick minded man

but you can not be blammed for that your whole society is represented in abu gharib because what i have viewed in your streets ,rape, sex .......

you are doing in iraq

Proud Veteran,

One thing I have to say to you is that I am sorry that you consider yourself an american. You said you were in the army well I am in the armed forces too. I would like to say that we should not punish those troops for thier treatment of the iraqi's. If these people do not follow a certain code like we and abuse our own then you have to fight fire with fire. They are lucky I am not in those prison camps other wise I really would do something for my fallen bothers and sisters in the armed forces. These iraqis do not need special treatment from no one they should be all treated like dogs. I hate the fact that we are sending some soliders to prison over this but I guess people forget the pain that our POW's went thru. All I will say is throw the Geneva Convention policies out and threat them like they would treat our own.

I don't beleave all the abuse mentioned happened.So lets let the investigation take care of that part of it.But in the mean time lets not forget that there is another 100,000 and some that we need to support.When the americans were draged around the streets and hung from a bridge I only heard about that for about three or four days.This is all media driven propaganda,there's an election going on.I support everthing Bush is doing and has done with the war in Iraq.

well said proud veteran. this is war damnit. what do you think happens to our troops in the iraqi prison camps? you think that they get treated nicely like the Geneva Convention states they should. no, they get tortured. what happened to our American troops during WWII when they were taken prisoner? sent on death marches, and tortured in Nazi concentration camps. and how about the Nam? gooks would torture our captured troops and and then cut the skin off of some of the dead bodies. Jesus, do you not have enough education to know these things. if not, read a few books, watch the histroy channel, something. i am a good minded Christian and don't believe that what happened is right. however i do realize that this is war, and after what our captured soldiers have been through in the last 50 years, i think that it is time for some payback. the Bible does state, "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth", does it not? joi ito, you can just shut your mouth the next time you think of something to say about this great nation that i love and respect. quit trying to bring it down.
-Proud American

I am unabale to believe that there are some people who are actually happy that people are being tortured. Wow...what world do you live in?

I am appalled that there are people out there condoning our treatment of the Iraqi prisoners. The arguments seem to revolve around the idea that we are only treating them the way they treat us. Who cares what they do? Should we live in homes made of mud with dirt floors because the Iraqi's do? As an educated nation, we should have better behavior than the Iraqis, not worse.

Nice person the veteran. Hitler would miss him, no doubt.

Reading him it's clear we can't imagine the crimes these beast are doing in the name of freedom, her brothers and sisters and whatever word they corrupt writing or telling it.

No doubt he's a good folk from The School of Asesins:

I commited a mistake before: I strongly agree with "proud veteran". Guys like him make me believe in a better world and in a safer America.


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