Abu Ghraib half truth museum plans

This video is the trailer of the film The Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib, by Rory Kennedy from the USA.

From the BBC:

Iraq to rebuild notorious prison

By Mike Sergeant
BBC News, Baghdad

The museum will show crimes carried out before the US took over the jail

Iraq says it plans to rebuild the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, which was closed in 2006 after a scandal over the abuse of prisoners by US troops.

A spokesman gave no date for reopening the jail, but said a committee had been formed to oversee reconstruction.

He said part of the new site would be given over to a museum showing the crimes committed under the former regime of Saddam Hussein.

The rest of the building would become jail again. There are now more prisons and more prisoners in Iraq than under Saddam Hussein. Building new prisons, as Saddam’s were not yet enough, has been about the only “reconstruction” in Iraq since Bush invaded in 2003. Well … err… there was also the big United States colonial administration building embassy, built with slave labour in Baghdad …

However, no mention will be made of the facility’s more recent history.

This means that the planned museum will become less than a half truth museum; it will become a cynical travesty of historical truth. It is generally known that torture in Iraq under Bush became even worse than under Saddam Hussein.

For many people, the name Abu Ghraib became synonymous with the worst aspects of America’s involvement with Iraq.

In 2004, pictures emerged of US soldiers standing proudly over hooded Iraqi prisoners.

Many inmates were forced to commit humiliating and degrading acts.

The prison, which is located to the west of Baghdad, was handed over to Iraqi control, and then closed in 2006.

The United States has made considerable efforts to improve the conditions at its remaining prisons in Iraq.

Oh gosh. Sounds like a sentence copied literally from some taxpayer financed United States occupiers’ public relations brochure.

Hey, Mr Mike Sergeant of the BBC, is this self censorship? Or censorship of you as a “sergeant” by some “master sergeant” in the United States (or British) occupation forces?

Almost 20,000 people are still being held by the US. Only a tiny number are ever charged or convicted of any crime.

That, however, does not impede that quite some of them are tortured and/or killed without any trial.

4 thoughts on “Abu Ghraib half truth museum plans

  1. The Missing Piece of the New Abu Gharib “Museum”

    By Joseph Womble, published Sep 20, 2008

    The Iraq government is building a new museum. In the Abu-Gharib prison. They will show the world the horrors of the Saddam Hussein regime. The torture chamber will contain items from the Ba’ath party’s rule.

    However, one glaring missing piece will be anything that documents the American Abu Gharib scandal of 2004. this is an absolute outrage! The scandal of 2004, exposed the prison for the horrific place it was. The Abu-Gharib scandal forever imprinted minds with the tragic consequences of torture.

    The Abu-Gharib prison was opened in 1960 as an insane asylum. Iraq’s insane, as well as political prisoners were held there. It was a feared place. The mere mention of its name struck terror into the hearts of the Iraqi people. This terror became even more profound when Saddam Hussein came to power. The torture that went on in that place is too graphic to mention here.

    In 2003, after the Americans invaded, the prison was taken over and named BCCF, Baghdad Central Correctional Facility. Prisoners of all types and ages were held there. Many had no information and were eventually released. Finally, a select group were selected as “actionable detainees.” These detainees were held on a special unit. In late 2003, the top guys from the CIA and the Pentagon sent word that the “kids gloves were coming off.” The prison was to be called by it’s old name. Abu Gharib. The “actionable” detainees were to be tortured to obtain actionable information. The details after that soon became known worldwide.

    The Iraqi government should include this important part of Abu-Gharib’s history in the museum. This will remind future generations of the atrocity of torture. what happens when good people turn bad, and of the consequences of system failure. In my opinion, this Will make the world a better place, and give courage to those who stand up against this evil practice in the world’s militaries.



  2. Iraq to reopen notorious Abu Ghraib prison

    The Associated Press

    January 24, 2009

    A senior justice official says the Iraqi government will reopen the notorious Abu Ghraib prison next month, but it will have a new name.

    The announcement comes as the U.S. military has begun handing over detainees in its custody to the Iraqis under a new security agreement.

    Deputy Justice Minister Busho Ibrahim says the renovated facility will be called Baghdad’s Central Prison because the previous name has left a ‘bitter feeling inside Iraqis’ hearts.’

    Ibrahim adds the prison will house 3,500 inmates when it reopens in mid-February and will have a capacity for about 15,000 by the end of this year.


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