Just when things were finally calming down about Abu Graib (although the heat continues about prisoner abuse in Guantanimo Bay), we get this latest revelation about prisoner abuse and torture in Iraq. Prisoners recently released from a prison in Karabila, Iraq have spoken with US journalists. These stories have all been verified. There is no way the USA can hide from this one.
Here's a synopsis of a longer article from the New York Times yesterday:
"The men said that they had been tortured with shocks and flogged with a strip of rubber for more than two weeks, unseen behind the windows of black glass. One of them, Ahmed Isa Fathil, 19, said he had been held and tortured there for 22 days. All the while, he said, his face was almost entirely taped over and his hands were cuffed."
"In an interview with a reporter just hours after he was freed, he said he had never seen the faces of his captors, who occasionally whispered at him, "We will kill you." Nor did he ever expect to be released."
" "They kill somebody every day," said Mr. Fathil, whose hands were so swollen he could not open a can of Coke. "They've killed a lot of people." "
[The guards] "tended to talk in whispers, he said, offering him sand, instead of water, to wash himself. Just once, he asked if he could see his mother, and one of them said to him, "You won't leave until you are dead." "
Journalists are now reporting that several more recently released prisoners are telling nearly identical stories. The prisoner abuse, torture and murder described in the Times article have all be verified.
One can only expect another wave of much deserved world wide condemnation of these acts. And I would expect outrage from throughout the Muslim world for this type of horrific abuse and total denial of human and civil rights.
These prisoners were never accused of any crime. No charges were ever filed.
If these men are connected to the terrorists, it is unknown at this time.
Now, since this story was reported in the Times yesterday (6/21/2005) you might be wondering how this story got past you. Why it wasn't on the evening news? Why aren't you seeing world wide outrage and protests?
It's because this abuse was by the Iraqi "Insurgents" in their prison, and not at the hands of US Troops in a US or Iraqi controlled prison.
Here's a link to the full New York Times article: Iraqis Found in Torture House Tell of Brutality of Insurgents
The sad facts are that virtually anyone in the entire world can commit the most vile and horrific acts of murder, torture, sadism, and terror and no one gives it much thought.
CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Canadian Broadcasting, even the many Mid East News outlets play down or fail to cover at all these stories, which actually occur daily.
Do you think these prisoners had access to a Quaran? Do you think the Red crescent was allow visitations? Do you think they had trials? Lawyers? Bright Orange Jumpsuits?
Believe me, I'm not defending the United States here. But I am condemning a world that ignores, minimizes, forgives or actually justifies all abuse of human rights, unless it's committed by the United States.
Frankly, I'm still waiting for someone in the United Nations for be prosecuted for the continuing sexual slavery of children, still going on to this minute at the hands of UN troops and officers in the Congo, but that's for another story.........