Iraq War Torture
George W. Bush said the other day that the world should see his administration’s
handling of the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison as a model of transparency and
accountability. He said those responsible were being systematically punished,
regardless of rank. It made for a nice Oval Office photo-op on a Friday morning.
Unfortunately, none of it is true.
~ New York Times (born: 1851 age: 163),
Torture is wrong, even when Americans do
~ God , 2007-10-01
It is natural to want to disbelieve accounts of torture. It is sickening to discover
the depths of cruelty your fellow man can sink to. Watch yourself playing the denial game
as you read on. If you are like most people, you will find the least offensive torture,
or the least solidly documented and seize on it, then discount it, and then try to
convince yourself all the horror has gone away. All you have done is
sweep it under the carpet. You can’t stop the torture if you lie to yourself that
it does not exist. It is real. There are even criminal convictions.
Diplomat Ann Wright argues the tortures concocted showed a deep understanding of Arab and
Muslim culture. There is no way ordinary American soldiers came up with these on their
own. They must have been taught them by their superiors who had access to experts.
Bush sent a directive in 2002-02 that the resistance in Afghanistan were to be treated
as terrorists, unprotected by the Geneva conventions. This left the fighters and
POWs (Prisoner Of Wars)
open to any conceivable torture.
Navy Seal Dan Cerrillo, testified
the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) ordered the Seals to
Sign at Guantánamo torture camp mockingly reads HONOR BOUND TO DEFEND
FREEDOM, reminiscent of Hitler’s Arbeit Macht Frei he had painted
over the gates to the Jewish concentration camps.
At Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib here is a partial list of the sexual abuse
Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib were not the work of isolated deviants. All
this torture was exquisitely planned ahead of time by the Bush administration. Bush and Rumsfeld spent
far more time plotting the torture than they did the invasion. Think about that. Torture
is something you do as a last resort. These guys relished it, slavering over it for
months like kids eager for Christmas.
- Doctors tortured prisoners. 35 pages of government documents.
- A US military investigation found Iraqi detainees were held with their Taping
eyes shut in tiny box-like cells for up to seven days at a time while loud music
blared at a special operations holding facility.
- The Washington Post reported that the CIA
hiding, interrogating and torturing captives in Thailand, Afghanistan and several
countries in Eastern Europe. CIA interrogators in the overseas sites are permitted to
use the CIA ’s approved Enhanced
Interrogation Techniques; (aka torture) some of which are prohibited by the
U.N. convention and by U.S. military law. The black-site
program was approved by a small circle of White House and Justice Department lawyers
and officials. There are four main arguments against using torture.
Last revised/verified: 2005-11-08
- It is morally abhorrent. It is condemned by every major religion.
- It has no benefits. Under torture, you will say whatever you think the
tormenter wants to hear to get them to stop. The information gleaned is worthless.
Bush tortured Iraqis to get his phony evidence for war. A terrorist locked away in
seclusion is out of the loop. All plans have been changed and the detainee is not
up to date. Ask John McCain what he thinks of torture. He knows first hand how
ineffective it is.
Standard Operating Procedure . Errol Morris’s full-length documentary on the
abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib
- Using torture lowers the bar. Your opponents then are obligated to use torture
too, not only on P.O.W.s but on civilians and children, just as America has
- Using torture alienates your allies.
- Italian TV broadcast a documentary. It is about the American atrocities and torture
in Iraq. One of the most stomach-wrenching scenes is detainees who have been tortured
by boring holes with an electric drill, burning, and cutting open and resuturing like
turkey. You can play a low-res version of the movie online
. You can download the movie with BitTorrent
The movie deserves to be shown in IMAX (Image Maximum),
so please try for the
hi-res version. Last revised/verified: 2005-11-10
- Rape, vaginal
and anal of men, women and children. source : source
- Killing wounded prisoners.
prisoners to death
- Sodomy with a broomstick and chemical light.
- water-boarding, where a suspect is strapped to a board, turned upside down, and
immersed in a wet towel to simulate the feeling of drowning until he loses
- Throwing off bridge into river and drowning
- near suffocation
- Parent forced to watch son being tortured.
- oy 12 imprisoned. The Red Cross counted 107 juveniles in six American prisons in
documents show soldiers were ordered to beat the fuck out
to the ceilings of cells for days at a time.
- common peroneal strike, aimed at a point just below the knee and
intended to disable. Basically pulpifying
the legs so they look as though they had though they had been run over by a bus.
- sleep and sensory deprivation: Covering the eyes, ears, wrapping the body in bubble
wrap. After a few hours of this, hallucinations set in then eventually permanent
technique: stuffing POWs
into a sleeping bag and winding them with an electrical cord.
- Water pit in which
detainees have to stand on tip-toe to keep from drowning.
- breaking a teen’s jaw, then wiring it shut.
- Pulling out fingers and teeth. See Page 49 of Chain of Command.
- heat and light manipulation
- stress positions, e.g. hands tied behind back hanging in
the air by the wrists.
- Severe beatings to the
point of death.
- Electric shock
- Attaching electrodes to private parts. This causes sterility.
- Using trained vicious dogs to anally and vaginally rape
- Severe burning
- Giuliana Sgrena reported in ilmanifesto.it (no longer
available) setting vicious dogs on children.
- Raping young Iraqi boys on video. 14 year old being raped. Pulitzer
prize winner and breaker of Mai Lai, Seymour Hersch has seen one of the videos. The
most horrifying part is the Americans raping a little boy in front of his parents as
the little boy screamed. The irony is, this is the very tactic, in the very same
torture chamber, that Saddam himself used. Judge Hellerstein is forcing Bush to
release the rape videos. Bush is refusing to comply.
Last revised/verified: 2005-11-21
- A 26 year old man, Arkan Muhammad Ali, was stabbed, shocked with an electrical
device, urinated on and kept locked — hooded and naked — in a wooden,
- Exposure to fire and smoke.
- Pulling out fingernails
- Pushing lit cigarettes into ears
- Chaining hand and foot in fetal position without food or water.
- Forced standing on one leg in the sun
- Giuliana Sgrena reported in ilmanifesto.it (no longer
available) trampling underfoot.
- Gagging with duct tape
- Tormenting with loud music and strobe lights
- punching and kicking detainees
- jumping on the naked feet of detainees
- covering prisoners in human feces
- Subjecting to freezing/sweltering temperatures, according to an article posted on
- 'Dietary manipulation'. Forcing to eat pork and alcohol forbidden to
Muslims. Forcing to eat disgusting things. Forced to eat the contents of a toilet.
Giuliana Sgrena reported in ilmanifesto.it (no longer
available) forced to drink from a toilet bowl.
- Giuliana Sgrena reported in ilmanifesto.it (no longer
available) fforced to separate feces and urine using bare hands.
- Women forced to stir pots of feces and urine mixed with lighter fluid.
- According to an article posted on Truthseeker.co.uk,
Shabah in which a prisoner is locked in tight handcuffs and leg irons and forced to sit
in a contorted position with a stinking sack over the head and loud music playing
by arms from hooks, Palestinian Hanging.
- Permitting serious dog bites
- Bending back fingers
- Taping naked prisoner to board so that cannot move and leaving them there for weeks
until they go insane.
- Intense isolation for more than 3 months
- Slamming the head into
a wall until it bleeds.
- Stacking of naked prisoners
- Injecting with drugs
- Leaving bullet in body of wounded prisoner.
- Beating prisoners to death
- Locking prisoners naked in the dark for days at a time.
- Shooting into containers with men inside.
- Keeping prisoners in small, outdoor cages.
- Pepper spraying in face
- Forced public defecation by using dogs to terrorise.
- Repeated, prolonged rectal exams
- inserting suppositories in the anus, diapering, cutting the clothes off with
scissors. page 54 of Chain
- Forced public masturbation
- Grabbing genitals
- Forcing heads into toilets and flushing
- Riding a 70
year old woman like a donkey.
- forced breast
baring at gunpoint.
- Threatening live burial, drowning, electrocution, rape and death
- Telling a Guantánamo prisoner the Americans had murdered his family then
presented him photos with animal heads superimposed on their bodies.
- mock executions. Two US soldiers were convicted of mock executions. The names were not released.
- Menstrual Blood. To
break the prisoner’s reliance on God, a female interrogator would tell the
detainee that she was menstruating, touch him, then make sure to turn off the water
in his cell so he couldn’t wash. Strict interpretation of Islamic law forbids
physical contact with women other than a man’s wife or family, and with any
menstruating women, who are considered unclean. At Guantánamo,
menstruated on a man strapped the floor.
- handcuffs tight enough to cut the skin
- inappropriate behaviour with a corpse.
- sexual touching
- Confining in outdoor cages without
protection from the sun.
- Forced exercising to the point of heart attack.
- Forcing detainees to perform exercises such as deep knee bends for hours on end, to the point of
- Blowing cigarette smoke into
the sandbags the prisoners were forced to wear as hoods.
- Throwing cold
water on the prisoners in a room that was between 40 degrees and 50 degrees
- Blasting the detainees with heavy-metal music, yelling at them and banging on doors and ammunition cans.
- hair pulling
- Making child prisoners
bark like dogs before being given candy as food.
- Flushing the Qur’an
(the sacred text of the
Muslims) down the toilet.
Leaving it out as the only toilet paper. This is equivalent to making Americans shit
on or burn the flag. Oddly, this more than any other humiliation or torture, has the
Muslims of the world up in arms. 100 people were hurt in protests in Iran. Clerics
have even threatened jihad over it. There are also reports of standing on the
throwing or kicking it in toilets, and urinating on it.
There have been many reports of the Qur’an
being stepped on, tossed
on the floor and placed in latrines. The LA Timesconfirmed dozens of such reports not only at
Guantánamo, but also at American-run detention facilities in
Afghanistan and Iraq. Britons too corroborate the story. The
Pentagon lied when they said they had received no reports of
desecration. The Red Cross informed them as early as 2002. FBI documents confirm widespread Qur’an
General Jay W Hood acknowledged
incidents of Qur’an abuse. On 2005-06-03, the
Pentagon described five confirmed incidents of Qur’an
Bay, in which the Muslim holy book was kicked, stepped on, soaked by water balloons,
defaced with a scrawled obscenity, and sprayed with urine. Ironically many of those
on the newsgroups asserting that it was a preposterous lie than Americans had
desecrated the Qur’an had previously posted their own
desecrating fantasies, and acknowledged atrocities and tortures far
worse in American eyes than that. Others asserted flushing a
down a toilet was impossible ignoring that some Qur’an
s you can buy on the net
are only 3x4" and that it is quite possible to tear out and flush pages of even
the largest Qur’an.
The Koran needs to be flushed.
~ Sign on Danieltown Baptist Church in Forest City Alabama
- Major General Antonio M. Taguba wrote a report on the abuses at Abu Ghraib
between 2003-10 and 2003-12. Here
is a section of it: “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.”
- the abuses listed here are just the tip of the iceberg.
- These abuse may sound too outrageous to believe. Have a look at the routine use of
torture and abuse in domestic prisons in the USA.
Nearly all the links above discuss more than one form of torture. Read the lot to get
the big picture of what is going on. Here is a list of resources to find out more.
Guilty of Torture
I think about over 20% of the people thus far that have been
held to account as a result of the Abu Ghraib issue have been officers. I’m
comfortable that we’re getting to the bottom of the situation. And I know
we’re doing so in a transparent way.
~ George W. Bush (born: 1946-07-06 age: 68),
commenting on the fact finding of probable cause to charge
27 officers and enlisted soldiers with offences ranging from dereliction of duty to
maiming and involuntary manslaughter in the Dilawar torture case and charges
recommended against 15 of them for the Habibullah torture case.
After much denial, Bush finally regretted the torture at Abu Ghraib, or more
specifically regretted the scandal on 2006-05-25.
Charged with torture at Abu Ghraib are Lynndie England
Graner . Like many other US soldiers, Graner is a psychopath who used to send pictures of his bloodied torture victims home to his
children. Lynndie England pleaded guilty at her trial on 2005-05-04, but the military judge threw out the guilty plea saying she did not know what she was
doing. On 2008-09-25 she was sentenced to 3 years in
jail. She could have got up to 11 years. Her married boyfriend,
Charles Graner was sentenced to 10 in prison
Like a Nazi, Grainer whined that he was just following orders
and blamed everyone but himself.
Some of the torturers include Brits have been charged too including Corporal Daniel
, 33, and Lance
Corporals Mark Cooley ,
25, and Lance
Corporal Darren Larkin
, 30. Daniel Kenyon was sentenced
to 18 months, Mark Cooley to 2 years,
and Daniel Larkin to 5 months. Ivan Chip
was convicted of taking sadistic photos.
Javal S. Davis :
: has been charged with conspiracy to maltreat detainees, dereliction of duty for failing
to protect detainees from abuse, maltreatment of detainees, rendering false official
statements and assault.
was convicted on 2005-05-16 of 6 of 7 counts of prisoner abuse
at Abu Ghraib. She was the photographer of some of the most famous Abu Ghraib abuse
The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) prepared a timeline. Remember
the faces. Make sure if you ever run into these sadists after they get out of prison to
make their lives highly inconvenient.
The surprise is, they look like ordinary nice people. The men who ordered them to do
the atrocities got medals. The ACLU is suing Donald Rumsfeld for his part is ordering the Abu Ghraib tortures : details. It
seems every week they subpoena another government document confessing more torture. The
US Navy was
so horrified at the interrogation techniques and Guantánamo,
they considered refusing
to have anything to do with the camp.
The 2003-09-14 memo by Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez
clearly establishes that Gen. Sanchez authorized unlawful interrogation techniques for
use in Iraq, and in particular these techniques violate the Geneva Conventions and the
Army’s own field manual governing interrogations. This puts a lie to Bush’s claim the tortures were the results of a few renegades. In
a rape case, normally you interview both the accused and the victims. Americans seem to
think the Iraqis have no right to be
The bitch of Abu Ghraib, Janis Karpinski
gave her excuses for the abominations. She has fingered General Geoffrey D. Miller
The torture was not just a few bad apples. It goes right to the top. Both Human Rights
Watch and Amnesty International USA say there is prima facie evidence against Rumsfeld for
war crimes and torture. And Amnesty International USA says there is also prima
facie evidence against Bush for war crimes and torture.
The British have been almost as bad. 18 men were charged with sexually abusing and beating to death Iraqi civilians. They
are also charged with sexually abusing 10 year
These so-called ill-treatments and this torturing in concentration camps, stories of
which were spread everywhere among the people, and later by the prisoners that were
liberated by the occupying armies, were not, as assumed, inflicted methodically, but
were excesses committed by individual leaders, subleaders, and men who laid violent
hands on internees.
Höss (born: 1900-11-25 died: 1947-04-16 at age: 46),
not to be
confused with Rudolph Hess,
For a while Bush denied this was happening.
The Iraqi people are now free. And they do not have to worry about the secret police
coming after them in the middle of the night, and they don’t have to worry about
their husbands and brothers being taken off and shot, or their wives being taken to
rape rooms. Those days are over.
The truth was, now, not only wives were taken, but children. Bush used the
Saddam’s own instruments of torture in Saddam’s own dungeons, and Bush built
~ L. Paul Bremer III (born: 1941-09-30 age: 73)
Administrator, [Iraq] Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-09-02
Iraq is free of rape rooms and torture chambers.
There is a natural reluctance to believe anyone could commit deeds as foul
as these, but recall, in every war when the historians picked through the data, they
invariably find what really happened was even worse than what was reported during the
war. During a war, a country works very hard to excuse, deny and disguise its own
wrongdoing least the public lose stomach for the war.
~ George W. Bush (born: 1946-07-06 age: 68),
remarks to 2003 Republican
National Committee Presidential Gala, 2003-10-08, lying
through his teeth. He had videos made of child anal rapes in his possession.
The usual excuse given for torturing is that it is the only way to
get crucial information out of terrorists, such as the location of a nuclear attack. This
is nonsense. When people are tortured they will say anything they think
might stop the torment. They will confess to any preposterous, depraved crime or
conspiracy. They will pretend to knowledge they don’t have. Torture is ineffective
for getting high quality information. Professional interrogators say you get much better
results by developing rapport. If the Americans were serious about getting good
information, they would use polygraphs (or better still PET scans which nobody knows how
to defeat). So then why torture?
- As part of Shock & Awe. American routinely torture all
detainees, including children. The idea is to demoralise the Iraqis by convincing them
that Americans are even more cruel and brutal that Saddam or the Nazis, and thus that
resistance is futile. After surviving that experience the idea is an Iraqi would lick
the boots or nether parts of an American rather than suffer than way again.
- To get confessions to use for political purposes.
- For entertainment and sexual pleasure. The sort of people who go into soldiering
are natural bullies and sadists. Psychologists tell us that whenever you give absolute
power of one group over another, sadism, abuse and torture develop within days. The
Americans have overwhelming technological superiority over the Iraqis. This tendency to
sadism in that situation is part of human nature. There is nothing unusual about