From Al Jazeera:
Iraqi recounts Abu Ghraib abuse
The latest one to be outraged is Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff.
In a leaked memo obtained by the Fox News network, Mullen expressed his anger at the incidents of abuse and said he was “appalled” that someone in an American uniform would behave in such a way.
“We haven’t all absorbed or applied all the lessons of Abu Ghraib,” Mullen said.
But for Mahmood Khalil, an Iraqi television cameraman and former Abu Ghraib inmate, the pictures are more than just disturbing images – they are personal nightmares.
Khalil told Al Jazeera that he was on his way to work when he was stopped at a US checkpoint in 2003, accused of being a terrorist, and led into the notorious prison, where he was held for more than three months.
As Al Jazeera’s Mosab Jasim reports, Khalil said he saw guards deliberately abusing and intimidating prisoners in full view of other inmates.
“[One] detainee was tortured in front of my eyes, only three metres from my cell,” Khalil said.
“[He] was tortured by dogs to confess to a crime he never committed.”
Michael Schwartz, Twenty-First-Century Colonialism in Iraq: here.
A new AP-GfK poll released today shows a majority of Americans opposed to the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The numbers also reveal growing concern that the president will be able to meet his goals, particularly in Iraq: here.
Iraq Censorship Laws Move Ahead: here.
Britain’s torture role must be investigated, say MPs: here.
The case of British businessman Alam Ghafoor provides further evidence of UK government collusion in the torture of British citizens: here.
Concerned MPs have called for a fully independent inquiry into mounting allegations that the British government has colluded in the brutal torture of terror suspects: here.
Amnesty warned yesterday that Iraqi citizens still face torture and executions six years after a US-led invasion force overthrew the Ba’athist regime: here.