Abu Ghraib, Iraq torture for complaining about garbage


This 28 March 2018 video says about itself:

Ex Abu Ghraib Prisoner Speaks Out On Abuse

This is the man under the hood… Warning: Some viewers may find this content distressing.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 29 March 2018:

The man from the infamous Abu Ghraib photo: I still can not have a bath

He is one of the most famous former prisoners of the infamous Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison. Not because of any crimes or his punishment, but because of the inhumane photo taken of him in 2003.

In the picture, Ali Shallal al-Qaisi can be seen standing on a box, wrapped in a black robe, with a hood over his head and electrical wires on his hands.

He was tortured by prison guards and he was not the only one. In 2004, numerous photographs were published of the horrors that took place in the prison, managed by US American soldiers. Notorious is also the picture on which soldier Lynndie England has a prisoner on a leash.

Al-Qaisi recently spoke about the torture with the news website Middle East Eye. He tells how the American soldiers hanged him, electrocuted him and urinated all over him. “They grabbed a broomstick, broke it in half and penetrated my genitals, it caused bleeding and necessitated operations”, he says in the video.

Fifteen years after his imprisonment, Al-Qaisi is still heavily traumatized. “I can not have a bath in my bathroom, because that reminds me of waterboarding. I still have nightmares.”

In an earlier interview Al-Qaisi told about the reason for his imprisonment. He claims to have complained in 2003 about garbage that the US military dumped in Iraq. After his story appeared in the local media, he was arrested and the horror started.

Complaining about garbage … how dares he! That definitely proves he was a terrorist [sarcasm off]. Just like people complaining about garbage in the present hysterical atmosphere in NATO countries are all terrorists, and/or Russian spies! [sarcasm off]

Massive protests continue in Iraq over lack of jobs and water shortages: here.

Torture in Abu Ghraib, Iraq


This video says about itself:

20 March 2018

On the 15th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, former prisoners at Abu Ghraib recall the torture they suffered.

Ex-Abu Ghraib torture prison interrogator speaks


This video from the USA says about itself:

A Torturer’s Confession: Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator Speaks Out

7 April 2016

Eric Fair served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI. He was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. In a new memoir, Fair writes about feeling haunted by what he did, what he saw and what he heard in Iraq, from the beating of prisoners to witnessing the use of sleep deprivation, stress positions and isolation to break prisoners. The military described such actions as “enhanced interrogations,” but Eric Fair uses another word—torture. He writes, “If God is on anyone’s side in Iraq, it’s not mine.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Because of Trump & Cruz, Door Still “Wide Open” for U.S. to Torture

7 April 2016

As Republican presidential candidates promise to bring back the torture techniques used under the George W. Bush administration, we speak with one of the men who actually carried out these policies. Eric Fair served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI. He was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. His new book, “Consequence: A Memoir,” has just been published.

This video from the USA says about itself:

7 April 2016

As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. While in Fallujah, he witnessed a torture device known as the Palestinian chair. He writes in his new book, “Consequence: A Memoir,” that the chair was a way to immobilize prisoners in order to break them down both physically and mentally. He also wrote that the Israeli military taught them how to use the Palestinian chair during a joint training exercise. For more, we’re joined by Eric Fair, whose new book, “Consequence: A Memoir,” has just been published.

Abu Ghraib Prison Was Closed in 2014, But Its Horrendous Legacy Lives On. With no end to the war on terror, the legacy of Abu Ghraib prison remains as important as ever, especially where a lack of accountability continues to permeate all operations in Iraq: here.

Previously secret court testimony indicates an Iraqi general imprisoned by U.S. forces was badly bruised and may have been severely beaten two days before he died of suffocation during interrogation: here.

George W Bush torture still covered up


This video from the USA says about itself:

What Is the Government Still Hiding? ACLU Continues Fight to Obtain Photos of Bush-Era Torture

18 February 2016

Earlier this month, the Pentagon released nearly 200 photographs relating to the abuse of prisoners by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan but refused to release a larger batch of 1,800 images. The American Civil Liberties Union has been fighting for nearly 12 years to win release of photos related to the Bush administration’s torture program. The released images include close-ups of bruised and lacerated body parts and bound, blindfolded prisoners. The withheld photos are believed to be far worse. We speak to ACLU attorney Alex Abdo.

British-US torture scandal in Iraq, Afghanistan


This video about Iraq war torture is the trailer of the film Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Diplomat tells court US links not a bar to hearing torture case

Friday 26th September 2014

CLAIMS by the British government that a case brought by a Pakistani national alleging Britain’s involvement in his rendition and torture would damage US relations have been called into question.

Lawyers for the government had argued that a case brought by Yunus Rahmatullah, who was detained and mistreated by British personnel in Iraq before being handed over to the US for “rendition” to Afghanistan, should not be heard for fear of damaging British-US relations.

But in a statement yesterday presented to the High Court in London a former senior US ambassador and State Department official described the claims as “highly unlikely.”

The statement provided to the court by Thomas R Pickering, a former US under-secretary of state who served for four decades as a diplomat, said that the British government’s claims “misunderstand the value the United States places on the rule of law.”

Mr Pickering stressed that “I firmly believe that adjudicating Mr Rahmatullah’s case in UK courts is highly unlikely to cause damage to the relations or national security cooperation between the US and UK.”

After his 2004 capture Mr Rahmatullah maintains he was subjected to simulated drowning and beatings which rendered him unconscious.

He was later transferred to US custody in Bagdhad’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, after which he was extra judicially transferred to Bagram in Afghanistan where he was held for more than years before being released without charge last June.

Mr Rahmatullah is now challenging the British government’s refusal to investigate his allegations of torture and rendition, and is also asking the court to determine that the government’s actions were unlawful.

Reprieve legal director Kat Craig, who is representing Mr Rahmatullah in conjunction with Leigh Day solicitors, said: “The British government knows that it is in the wrong, yet instead of coming clean on its part in Mr Rahmatullah’s rendition and torture, it is doing everything it can to make sure this case never sees the light of day.

“Now a former senior US ambassador with decades of experience at the highest levels of American diplomacy has blown the British government’s case out of the water. It is time they dropped this shameful attempt to deny justice to a victim of brutal torture and years of mistreatment.”

The case is expected to continue today.

British torture in Iraq: here.

Man allegedly tortured by US and UK troops wins right to sue for damages. High court dismisses UK government claim that relations with US will be damaged if Yunus Rahmatullah is allowed to sue: here.

New Afghan puppet regime accepts deal to keep 10,000 US troops: here.

CIA-Backed Warlord Behind 2001 Taliban POW Massacre Sworn-In Vice President of Afghanistan: here.

United States company training Bahrain dictatorship’s police dogs


Dog at Abu Ghraib jail

After United States military abuse of dogs to torture prisoners in Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq … now this.

From ABC in the USA:

Brea company to train Bahrain‘s police dogs

By Elex Michaelson

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
BREA, Calif. (KABC) —

Falco K-9 Academy has trained dogs for police departments across the U.S. Recently, however, the company has gone international.

Owner Andy Falco Jimenez has been contracted by the Kingdom of Bahrain to train 20 bomb detection dogs. He will then fly them to the Middle East and train their handlers.

Eventually, his company will train all of the country’s police and military dogs, Jimenez said.

Jimenez admitted he didn’t know much about the oil-rich, Middle Eastern country before being contacted by Bahrain’s government. …

Apparently, Mr Jimenez did not know, and maybe still does not know, about torture going on in dictatorial Bahrain, day after day.

For Mr Jimenez: this video is called ‘Night raids, torture, sham trials a daily reality in Bahrain’ – human rights activist.

The work will present some unique challenges.

For one, the country is often sweltering hot. To prepare dogs to work in 115 degree temperatures, the dogs are expected to train in the Coachella Valley.

Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Alkhawaja criticised the company on Twitter, questioning the reporter’s ignorance of human rights abuses in Bahrain: here.

Bahrain, NATO discuss ways to bolster cooperation: here.

Bahrain registers highest rate of diabetes prevalence in the world: here.

Pakistani, tortured in Iraq, sues British government


This rock music video from Brazil is called Torture Squad – Holiday in Abu Ghraib (Official Music Video HD). Lyrics are here.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

MoD and Foreign Office sued by Pakistani citizen in Iraq torture case

Yunus Rahmatullah accuses UK of complicity in torture and abuse after his capture by British special forces in Iraq in 2004

Richard Norton-Taylor

Tuesday 29 July 2014 09.56 BST

A Pakistani citizen is suing the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office, accusing them of responsibility for his subjection to torture and severe abuse over 10 years.

Yunus Rahmatullah was captured by British special forces in Iraq in 2004 and handed over to US troops soon afterwards. The incident was initially kept secret from ministers and only disclosed to MPs five years later, in 2009. Rahmatullah, now 31, was released by the US without charge in May.

He is believed to have been first held at Camp Nama, a secret detention facility at Baghdad airport that British troops helped to run. He was later transferred to Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib jail before being rendered to the Bagram “black prison” in Afghanistan.

The court of appeal ruled in 2011 that Rahmatullah was unlawfully detained and ordered a writ of habeas corpus – the ancient British legal right to be charged or released from arbitrary detention – to be issued.

However, lawyers acting for the government later successfully argued in the supreme court that British ministers had no power “to direct the US” to release Rahmatullah from Bagram.

He describes in detail his torture and abuse in a 60-page document drawn up by his lawyers and seen by the Guardian. He says when he was captured by British special forces in Iraq in early 2004 he was beaten unconscious. Soldiers cut his clothes with a pair of scissors until, he says, he was “completely naked”.

His lawyers’ statement of claim describes how a soldier poured water on to Rahmatullah’s face after placing a cloth over his mouth and nose causing “a sensation of drowning”.

He was shackled and hooded, and lapsed in and out of consciousness as he was beaten and thrown against a wall. He was suspended upside down and “repeatedly dunked into a tank of water”, says the court document.

At one point, he was taken to a room “where he was horrified to see six or seven naked detainees piled on top of each other”, according to the court statement. He was thrown on top of the detainees and kept in the room for more than two days.

Despite an agreement signed by Britain and the US that specifically referred to the rights of prisoners of war and detained civilians enshrined in the Geneva conventions and international humanitarian law, Rahmatullah was handed over to US forces who secretly took him to Afghanistan. His entire body, including his eyes and mouth, were “taped tightly with duct tape”, the court document says. He was locked in a solitary cell with rats and cockroaches. With other Bagram detainees, he was exposed to daylight in 2006, for the first time in two and half years.

After going on hunger strike, he was subjected to force-feeding on six separate occasions. Apart from limited communication with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) representatives, he had no contact with the outside world, including his family, until 2010.

British officials, their “servants and agents”, were “recklessly indifferent to the illegality of their actions”, Rahmatullah’s lawyers have told the high court.

Kat Craig, legal director at the human rights group Reprieve, who has recently visited Rahmatullah, said he had been “through 10 years of frankly unimaginable horror”.

She added: “Now that he has finally been able to speak freely to his lawyers, there is no longer any doubt that the British government bears responsibility for his torture and illegal rendition to Bagram.”

Craig continued: “Yunus was robbed of 10 years in the prime of his life; a time when he wanted to find a career, choose a partner and build a family.

“The government must now come clean about the full extent of British involvement in this disgraceful episode in our history – only then will Yunus be able to move on and try to rebuild his life.”

Reprieve legal directors says there is ‘no doubt’ of British responsibility for torture and rendition of Yunus Rahmatullah: here.

Journalist, tortured at Abu Ghraib, sues CACI mercenary corporation


Democracy Now! in the USA writes about this video, with transcript there:

Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalist Details Abu Ghraib Torture & Why He’s Suing U.S. Contractor CACI

Ten years after the first publication of photos from inside the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, we speak to Al Jazeera journalist Salah Hassan about his torture by U.S. forces inside the facility.

To date, no high-ranking U.S. official has been held accountable for the torture at Abu Ghraib, but Hassan and other former prisoners are attempting to sue one of the private companies, CACI International, that helped run the prison. “Throughout my detainment in the solitary cells, there was an interrogation every two or three days,” Hassan says. “During these interrogations, we were subjected to many psychological and physical torture methods. One of these methods was that you are kept naked, handcuffed, the hood on your head, then they would bring a big dog. You hear the panting and barking of the dog very close to your face.”

Transcript

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

Hersh: Children sodomized at Abu Ghraib, on tape: here.

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Abu Ghraib torture, ten years later


This video says about itself:

8 June 2012

The Center for Latin American Studies helped facilitate the display of Fernando Botero’s “Abu Ghraib” collection at the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago, Chile. The paintings and drawings were donated to Berkeley after the first showing at a public institution in the United States was arranged by the Center on the Berkeley campus in 2007. This video highlights the exhibition and includes footage from the opening ceremony.

By JUAN E. MÉNDEZ:

Abu Ghraib’s Ghosts

Ten years later, the United States still hasn’t come clean on its torture record.

By JUAN E. MÉNDEZ

April 27, 2014

Ten years ago today, “60 Minutes II” broadcast infamous pictures of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison then controlled by the United States. The photographs were heartbreaking. Naked men stacked up on top of each other in human pyramids. Prisoners forcibly staged in humiliating positions to mimic sex acts. Bags placed over men’s heads, denying their humanity. The most memorable image — a hooded man standing on a box, contorted Crucifixion-like with wires protruding from his hands — remains an indelible reminder that a country that long abhorred torture practiced it after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Those pictures shattered my belief that well-established democracies do not torture. I am a survivor of torture who owes his release from the Argentine junta’s notorious Unit 9 prison in part to U.S. pressure in the 1970s. If U.S. citizens and certain members of Congress had not written letters to the Argentine government inquiring about my situation, I might have become one of the thousands of people “disappeared” by the Argentine military in its Dirty War against political activists like me. I owe my life to the solidarity those Americans showed and their principled opposition to the military’s machinery of death and torture.

Unfortunately, the U.S. government that stood up to my torturers has been compromised — by both the Bush administration, which adopted torture as policy, and the Obama administration, which has kept evidence of U.S. torture hidden for years. It also is being compromised by the Central Intelligence Agency itself.

Here’s how. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s massive 6,600-page report on the CIA’s post- Sept. 11 torture program remains secret, although the committee recently voted to send the report’s executive summary, findings and conclusions to the White House for a declassification review. To be clear, the whole report should be public, not just pieces — but there’s a more urgent matter that must be dealt with immediately. According to the White House, President Barack Obama will allow the CIA to review and redact the report summary — a preposterous conflict of interest. Once again, the torturers will have the opportunity to censor what the public can know.

Already, leaked portions of the documents, obtained by McClatchy, show that CIA officers used torture methods that went beyond those approved by the Bush-era Justice Department and CIA headquarters, and that the agency evaded congressional, White House and public oversight. This isn’t surprising. Torture, you see, is a cancer that corrodes the morality of the perpetrators. It is so horrific that even its practitioners must lie to themselves and others to justify their actions, which shock not only the conscience of the world but their own. The CIA does this by rationalizing its brutality with the false argument that torture was necessary to save lives, or by simply relabeling the horrors of torture as the banal “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

This leaves an obvious question: How will the whole truth come out when the perpetrators are the ones holding the black marker? The answer is obvious, too: It will not. That not only violates solemn obligations of the United States under international law but has real consequences for human rights. As many countries with sordid histories of abuse know, those societies that reckon with their brutal pasts — Argentina, Chile and Peru, for instance — go on to have better records of protecting human rights, as well as defending their citizens from terrorists and other violent criminals. But societies that try to bury the past — including many former Soviet bloc countries — are more likely to continue their human rights violations and harm both their national and domestic security in the process.

While there are hugely important distinctions between the previously mentioned countries and the United States, the lesson still applies: The United States has a moral and legal obligation to discover and disclose the entire truth about torture committed by its agents, as a reminder to future administrations and to the world that torture is the very negation of human rights.

Just days after Obama took office in 2009, he did the right thing and immediately banned torture. But the 10th anniversary of the release of the Abu Ghraib photos, plus a still-secret report on the U.S. torture program under George W. Bush, serve as a reminder that Obama must do more before we can be confident that torture was an aberration that will never be repeated. He must take responsibility and lead the nation forward. The president — and not the CIA — must decide what is made public about the agency’s torture program. And he should release the Senate’s torture report in full.

The United States can once again become a full partner in the global movement for human rights, but only if it faces up to its dark side and atones for its torturous transgressions.

Juan E. Méndez is the United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.

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Torture mercenaries L3’s drone strikes


This video from the USA says about itself:

Outsourcing FOIA – Contracts Given To Firm Linked To Abu Ghraib Torture

Oct 16, 2012

The Matthew Filipowicz Show discusses Kade Crockford of the ACLU-MA‘s post on the fact that Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA requests are now being outsourced to private, for-profit companies, including CACI International, a firm linked to torture at Abu Ghraib.

This video says about itself:

Jan 10, 2013

Abby Martin calls out the corporate media for their obsession with supermodel Katherine Webb, and instead highlights a successful lawsuit against defense contractor L-3 Services for torture at Iraq’s infamous Abu Ghraib Prison.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Reprieve: Disgraced firm L3 supporting drone strikes

Thursday 10 January 2013

by Our Foreign Desk

The defence contractor forced to shell out more than £3 million to alleged torture victims is also a key player in illegal US drone strikes, legal charity Reprieve revealed today.

It emerged this week that Engility Corporation – a subsidiary of L3 Communications until last year – has paid out around $5m (£3.1m) to 71 people it held at Baghdad’s notorious Abu Ghraib jail.

And Reprieve said L3 is one of the main subcontractors involved in producing Predator drones, used by the CIA to kill “suspected militants” in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

The “targeted” strikes by unmanned aircraft have killed up to 3,457 people in Pakistan alone since 2004 and as many as 891 were civilians, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The latest attack today killed five people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.

Security officials said that all the dead were militants, though their identities could not be immediately ascertained and such reports often turn out to be false.

The use of weaponised drones in non-war zones is widely considered to be illegal.

Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith wrote to L3 in September, warning the company that it was complicit in the deaths and trauma caused by providing the satellite data links for Predators.

Reprieve’s Catherine Gilfedder said L3 was the “go-to company” for the US’s war on terror.

She said: “Far from being disgraced by allegations of horrific torture and abuse, L3 continues to provide support to the US drone programme, which terrorises hundreds of thousands of civilians around the world.”