This British TV video says about itself:
Dispatches, Channel 4’s flagship current affairs strand, exposes the full and unreported horror of the Iraqi conflict and its aftermath, revealing the true scale of civilian casualties; and allegations that after the scandal of Abu Ghraib, American soldiers continued to abuse prisoners; and that US forces did not systematically intervene in the torture and murder of detainees by the Iraqi security services. The programme also features previously unreported material of insurgents being killed while trying to surrender.
From British daily The Morning Star:
Grisly details of ‘choir’ torture
Thursday 16 July 2009
by Paddy McGuffin at Finlaison House
During the practice, soldiers would strike each detainee in turn forcing them to emit a sound in a gross parody of a musical instrument or singing group.
Charles De Coster, in his famous novel Thyl Ulenspiegel, described a similar “musical” torture instrument, played by 16th century Spanish king Philip II. In that case, for torturing cats; probably fictional. Though Philip II had very many people tortured by the inquisition.
The evidence was introduced during the opening statement by Mr Gerard Elias QC for the inquiry on Thursday.
Much of the information revealed was brought to light during the previous courts martial of a number of British soldiers, but that evidence was heard behind closed doors.
This is the first time much of the information has been placed in the public domain.
Mr Elias was referring to a witness statement from a soldier who is due to testify to the inquiry that he heard screams coming from the interrogation area and, on investigation, saw troops punch and kick several detainees, including Mr Mousa.
He said he had also witnessed “the choir” which, Mr Elias stated, was apparently carried out for the amusement of the troops.
Elsewhere, Mr Elias said there were concerns regarding the “paucity” of some of the accused soldiers’ witness statements. He said that “even making allowances” for other experiences of a hostile operational tour, “one might expect” that the events of September 14-16 2003 would be ones “not easily forgotten.”
The inquiry was also shown graphic video evidence of hooded and bound detainees being brutalised by a British army soldier.
Mr Elias’s opening statement is expected to continue for some weeks. The inquiry will then hear witness evidence, including that of soldiers and surviving detainees.
The public inquiry into the death of Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa in British army custody and the torture of six other Iraqis began its first proper phase this week: here.
Abuse of Iraqi prisoners reveals a lack of discipline among UK troops and arrogance at the MoD: here.
The British soldiers responsible for the death of an Iraqi detainee were not just “a few bad apples”, a public inquiry heard today: here.
A witness to the inquiry into the death by torture in British custody of an Iraqi hotel receptionist spoke on Monday of the horrendous abuse he suffered at the hands of British troops: here.
A soldier who stole money from an Iraqi hotel safe and whose exposure may have led to the death of Baha Mousa has claimed that he only took a small amount of money to make a “collage”: here.
An Iraqi anti war activist on the war: here.
Prisoners at the main US detention camp in Afghanistan [at Bagram] have refused to leave their cells to shower or exercise for the past two weeks in protest at their indefinite imprisonment without charge: here. And here.