Shocking torture scandal

 Shocking torture scandal Mag: Army report cites 'sadistic, criminal abuse'; London tab says Brits threw captive off truck; Probe widens to hired contractors By MAKI BECKER DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER "Sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuse" of Iraqi prisoners occurred at the hands of U.S. military police and intelligence officers, according to a newly obtained internal Army report.

Hooded and wired Iraqi 
The prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad were subjected to a barrage of painful and humiliating abuses by Americans, including at least one instance in which a detainee was sodomized "with a chemical light and perhaps a broomstick," according to the Army report detailed in tomorrow's edition of The New Yorker.

Army report says Yanks abused Iraqi prisoners in
Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad
The latest revelations of routine abuse broaden the allegations against the U.S. military since a CBS report last week showed American soldiers posing with Iraqi detainees who had been stripped naked and forced to pose in humiliating positions.

In addition to accusations against the soldiers, investigators are probing whether private contractors hired by the Pentagon also were key players in the abuse.

Other new accounts of illegal treatment include allegations of breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees, pouring cold water on naked detainees and beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair.

The 53-page Army report, prepared by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba and completed in February, was based on "detailed witness statements and the discovery of extremely graphic photographic evidence," The New Yorker reported in its May 10 issue.

A senior Pentagon official said he'd seen no allegations of rape or use of chemicals against prisoners, but said any abuse was "despicable and inexcusable."

An Army Reserve general whose soldiers were photographed as they abused Iraqi prisoners told the New York Times yesterday that she knew nothing about the abuse until weeks after it occurred and that she was "sickened" by the pictures. 

Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski said the prison cellblock where the abuse occurred was under the tight control of Army military intelligence officers, who may have encouraged the abuse.

Equally shocking revelations against British troops also continued to emerge.

A hooded Iraqi captive was beaten by British soldiers, threatened with execution during eight hours of abuse and was tossed - bleeding and vomiting - from a moving truck and left to die, the Daily Mirror of London reported.

One of the soldiers who was present during the attack said, "Basically, this guy was dying as he couldn't take any more. An officer came down. It was, 'Get rid of him - I haven't seen him.' The paperwork gets ripped. So they threw him out, still with a bag on his head."

Another British soldier said after the beatings, troops were told to destroy incriminating evidence.

"We got a warning, saying the Military Police had found a video of people throwing prisoners off a bridge. It wasn't 'Don't do it' or 'Stop it.' It was 'Get rid of it.'"

At least one soldier is expected to be charged with manslaughter, the Mirror reported.

The allegations have outraged officials in Washington and London, still trying to win over the Iraqi people and the sentiment of the Arab world.

President Bush has condemned the abuse, saying he felt "deep disgust" over the allegations.

"Their treatment does not reflect the nature of the American people," Bush said.

Arab media have decried the treatment, with Egypt's Akhbar el-Yom newspaper splashing photos of the U.S. soldiers posing by naked, hooded inmates on page one with the banner headline "The Scandal." Al-Wafd, an opposition paper, displayed similar photos beneath the headline, "The Shame!"

Six U.S. soldiers are now facing charges stemming from the investigation. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the former American commander of Abu Ghraib - a prison used by imprisoned former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein - was replaced in January.


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