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Saturday, August 28, 2004

The Depths of Abu Ghraib

I believe there is evidence that the Abu Ghraib abuses involved rape, and videotapes exist that are far worse than we could imagine. From Seymour Hersh's statements to the ACLU in San Francisco, July 7 2004. His speech starts at 1:07:40

Streaming video of Hersh's speech (starts at 1:07:40)


"Some of the worst things that happened that you don’t know about. OK? Videos. There are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at [Abu Ghraib], which is about 30 miles from Baghdad — 30 kilometers, maybe, just 20 miles, I'm not sure whether it's — anyway. The women were passing messages out saying please come and kill me because of what’s happened. And basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children, in cases that have been [video] recorded, the boys were sodomized, with the cameras rolling, and the worst above all of them is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking. That your government has, and they’re in total terror it’s going to come out. It’s impossible to say to yourself, how did we get there, who are we, who are these people that sent us there."

We must bring criminal proceeding against the top military brass for 1) approving of sadistic torture techniques and 2) not stopping other abuses when they occured, and 3) covering it up for as long as they have.