From the BBC:
By Mike Sergeant
BBC News, Baghdad
The museum will show crimes carried out before the US took over the jail
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.