The Central Intelligence Agency crucified a prisoner in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, according to a report published in The New Yorker magazine.
An earlier report, by John Hendren in The Los Angeles Times indicted other torture killings. And Human Rights First says nearly 100 detainees have died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hendren reported that one
Manadel Jamadi died "of blunt-force injuries" complicated by "compromised
respiration" at Abu Ghraib prison "while he was with Navy SEALs and other
special operations troops." Another victim, Abdul Jaleel, died while gagged and
shackled to a cell door with his hands over his head." Yet another prisoner,
Maj. Gen. Abid Mowhosh, former commander of Iraq's air defenses, "died of
asphyxiation due to smothering and chest compression" in Qaim, Iraq.
is no question that U.S. interrogations have resulted in deaths," says Anthony
Romero, executive director of the ACLU. "High-ranking officials who knew
about the torture and sat on their hands and those who created and endorsed
these policies must be held accountable. America must stop putting its head in
the sand and deal with the torture scandal." At least scores of detainees
in U.S. custody have died and homicide is suspected. As far back as May, 2004,
the Pentagon conceded at least 37 deaths of prisoners in its custody in Iraq
and Afghanistan had prompted investigations.
Nathaniel Raymond, of Physicians for Human Rights, told The New Yorker, "We still don't know how many detainees were in the black sites, or who they were. We don't fully know the White House's role, or the C.I.A.'s role. We need a full accounting, especially as it relates to health professionals."
Torture by the CIA has been facilitated by the Agency's ability to hide prisoners in "black sites" kept secret from the Red Cross, to hold prisoners off the books, and to detain them for years without bringing charges or providing them with lawyers.
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, denounced the Obama administration for considering "prevention detention," The New Yorker's Mayer wrote. Roth said this tactic "mimics the Bush Administration's abusive approach."
(Sherwood Ross formerly reported for major dailies and wire services. To contact him or contribute to his Anti-War News Service: firstname.lastname@example.org)