Secret photos of rape of Iraqis

This video from the USA is an interview with Major General Antonio M. Taguba on torture in Abu Ghraib.

By Tom Eley in the USA:

Torture photos: US soldiers raped, sodomized Iraqi prisoners

29 May 2009

In an interview with the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph published Wednesday, former US General Antonio Taguba said that photographs the Obama administration is seeking to suppress show images of US soldiers raping and sodomizing Iraqi prisoners. Taguba, who conducted the military inquiry of prisoner abuse at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in 2004 after some photos of US soldiers torturing prisoners became public, said that among the photos are images of soldiers raping a female prisoner, raping a male detainee, and committing “sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and phosphorescent tube,” according to the Telegraph.

Gen. Taguba said even the description of the photos is explosive. “These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency,” Taguba said. “The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it.”

Also from the USA: Members of the 101st Airborne Division were ordered to suspend regular operations at the Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Army base Wednesday after the suicide toll rose to 11 for the year: here.

Foreign Office abandoned me to Iraqi jail torture, Briton says: here.

Nearly 50,000 rapes take place in the UK every year, but only a few are covered by the media: here.

Iraq faces the mother of all corruption scandals: here.

Busted, Pentagon: Why The Photos Probably Do Show Detainees Sodomized and Raped, by Naomi Wolf: here.


U.S. Soldiers Accused Of Raping Iraqi Women Escape Prosecution: here.

IVAW Calls For Release of Detainee Abuse Photos: here.

Denials of involvement in torture, such as those by Tony Blair, are not enough. A full judicial inquiry is needed: here.


Oystercatcher and parakeet

Yesterday, along the railroad, as I watched a poppy, a ring-necked parakeet overhead, screaming.

A bit later, an oystercatcher flying. Then, a redshank sound.

The white storks were on their nest near the nature reserve.

This is a marsh warbler video.

This morning, the sound of a marsh warbler along the railroad.