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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

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 Abu Ghraib was just the tip of the iceberg

Yesterday's release of internal US navy documents show that abuse and even torture of detainees by marines in Iraq was widespread:
"The Defense Department has insisted from the outset that abuse, to the extent that it occurs at all, is aberrational," said Jameel Jaffer, an ACLU lawyer. "I think we now have overwhelming evidence that that's not true, but that abuse was widespread and that it was systemic in the sense that it was the result of policies adopted by the Defense Department."

The revelations come at the same time that Human Rights Watch says it has new evidence of a murder of a detainee by four US military personnel in Afghanistan:

“It’s time for the United States to come clean about crimes committed by US forces in Afghanistan,” said Brad Adams, the group’s Asia division director. “The United States has to get serious about prosecuting people implicated in prisoner deaths and mistreatment.”


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