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  • Tuesday, December 21, 2004

    Witness to abuse and murder at Abu Ghraib says many detained for drunkenness or theft, not insurgency

    Exclusive: Conscientious Objector Witnessed Abuse, Killing of Iraqi Detainees at Abu Ghraib In a Democracy Now! national broadcast exclusive, we speak with former Army Reserve Specialist Aidan Delgado. He served in Iraq from April 2003 to April 2004 where he was deployed in Nasiriyah and Abu Ghraib. Soon after his arrival in Iraq, he sought conscientious objector status and turned in his weapon. At Abu Ghraib, he witnessed U.S. soldiers abuse and kill Iraqi detainees. After serving his full tour of duty, Aidan Delgado was finally granted conscientious objector status and was honorably discharged. [includes rush transcript ] Excerpt from a quote by Aidan Delgado:

    That's where I found some things that really disturbing like I discovered that the majority of prisoners at Abu Ghraib weren't even insurgents. They weren't even there for crimes against the coalition. They were there for petty crimes: Theft, public drunkenness. And they were here in this horrible, extremely dangerous prison. That's when I began to feel, oh, my God, I can't believe I'm even participating in this. Then there was sort of a series of demonstrations or prisoner protests against the conditions, against the cold, against the lack of food and the type of food. And the military's response to these demonstrations was, I felt, extremely heavy-handed. I'm not going to say it was illegal. I don't have the background to bring a legalistic challenge, but I will say that it was immoral, the amount of force they responded with. And I think I shared some images of prisoners beaten to within an inch of their life or dead, by the guards. And five prisoners that I know of were shot dead during a demonstration for what amounted to throwing stones. I just felt it was extremely heavy-handed. I was very disillusioned with how the military handled it.
    Please do not click here if you are easily offended. These are horrific scenes of abused and tortured Iraqis, abused and tortured by authorisation from Bush himself.

    3 Comments:

    At 12/22/2004 11:35:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Please do not click here if you are easily offended. These are horrific scenes of abused and tortured Iraqis, abused and tortured by authorisation from Bush himself."

    What nonsense.

    Those pictures could be from anywhere. You don't know what happened to the people in those pictures.

    Where are your pictures of the 5000 gassed Kurds? Where are your pictures of the mass graves in Iraq?
    Where are your pictures of the beheadings of innocent civilians?
    Where are your pictures of Margret Hassan being murdered in Iraq?

    You like to post a lot of negative things about the US but none about the terrorists. Wonder why?

     
    At 12/22/2004 02:10:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    The mainstream media provides all necessary tools for you to use for propaganda to condemn anyone you believe is "evil", sites like this exist to show an alternative to the mainstream propaganda you like to be spoon fed.

     
    At 1/31/2005 06:04:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Those pictures could be from anywhere. You don't know what happened to the people in those pictures."

    Denial. What a comeback.

    "Where are your pictures of the 5000 gassed Kurds?

    What? Oh yeah. That event at Halabja that the U.S. denied at first, then used diplomatic power in the UN to cover for Saddam by watering down a UNSC resolution aimed at sanctioning Saddam's regime, then INCREASING AID to Saddam's regime after the incident.

    Where are your pictures of the mass graves in Iraq?

    Which ones? The ones from the 1991 Shia uprising in which the U.S. denied the rebelling Shia access to captured Iraqi military equipment, then allowed Iraq to fly helicopters to put down the rebellion, then allowed the Republican Guard tank, which were encircled, to escape and go and help put down to rebellion all while the U.S. sat and watched?

    "Where are your pictures of the beheadings of innocent civilians?
    Where are your pictures of Margret Hassan being murdered in Iraq?

    Which ones? the ones that never would have happened if the U.S. and Britain had obeyed international law?

    PS. Stop supporting Islam Karimov. The man is a brutal tyrant who literally boils people to death.

     

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