U.S. General Admits Iraqis Were Tortured At Abu Ghraib
For the first time, a U.S. Army general has admitted that U.S. forces tortured Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison Army Major General George Fay told a Pentagon briefing on Wednesday “It’s a harsh word, and in some instances, unfortunately, I think it was appropriate here. There were a few instances where torture was being used.” Yesterday Fay and Lt. Gen. Anthony Jones released a 143-page report that found military intelligence soldiers played a major role in directing and carrying out the abuse on Iraqis. The report recommended that the Pentagon punish five military intelligence officers and 29 military intelligence soldiers at Abu Ghraib. Six employees from CACI International and Titan were also referred for prosecution. The report criticized the CIA for holding at least eight prisoners from the Red Cross. According to the report, one detainee was kept for four months in a three by six foot cell that didn’t have a window, latrine or water tap, or bedding.
‘Highest Levels of Pentagon’ Faulted For Abu Ghraib
The Army is set to release a new report on the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal that charges leadership failures at the highest levels of the Pentagon, Joint Chiefs of Staff and military command in Iraq contributed to an environment in which detainees were abused in Iraqi prisons. This according to a report in the New York Times. The same investigation has also found that un-muzzled military police dogs were used to frighten detained Iraqi teenagers as young as 15 at Abu Ghraib. Dog handlers reportedly told investigators the procedure was sanctioned by top military intelligence officers. Meanwhile U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick is expected to plead guilty at a pretrial hearing today to one of the charges against him for abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib.