Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

U.S. General: Prisoners Were Raped at Abu Ghraib

I’ve said all along that the torture the U.S. committed was more than so-called “waterboarding,” which used to be called “water torture.” Atrocities happen in every war and should always be prosecuted.  This is the first time in U.S. history, to my knowledge, that committing atrocities was POLICY! 

Now, a U.S. General, Maj. General Antonio Taguba, has said that the classified Abu-Ghraib photos show far worse abuse than we knew, including at least one picture of a U.S. soldier raping a female prisoner!!  Another shows a male translator (military or contractor?) raping a male prisoner!!  Other photos show such graphic abuse as sexual assaults on prisoners with objects, such as phosphorescent bulbs, truncheons, and a wire!!!!!

Years back, when Bush called the Abu Ghraib incidents the work of a “few bad apples,” Pvt. Linsay Graham Lynndie England  (shown in photos taunting nude male prisoners) claimed she was being punished for others’ crimes.  She spent 6 years in jail, but so far the rapists are free.  And now de-classified documents show that, far from being the work of a “few bad apples,” the Abu  Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq was the result of the “interrogation” program designed by Rumsfeld’s Pentagon, with the collusion of the Dept. of Justice under Ashcroft and the White House legal counsel with Gonzalez and Yoo, and first worked out at the prison in Guantanemo Bay.

THESE ARE WAR CRIMES.  They are war crimes designed at the highest levels  of the Bush government, possibly with the collusion of some high ranking Democrats.

DEMAND that Attorney General Holder appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute ALL who are responsible for these crimes!! 

Currently, in my state (Kentucky), a U.S. soldier has just received life imprisonment for rape and murder in Iraq.  I am glad to see justice done here. But this was a random atrocity of the type that so often happens in war (another argument for pacifism, in my view). It was not policy and not systematic.  The torture program WAS policy and not only the lower levels should pay the price.  Here is where I agree with Dick Cheney. He says he wants to spare the grunts “just following orders.” Fine. So, let’s indict the ones who gave the orders, INCLUDING CHENEY.


May 29, 2009 - Posted by | torture


  1. You mean Lynndie England, not Lindsay Graham, right?

    Comment by Tricia | May 29, 2009

  2. Oops!

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | May 29, 2009

  3. boy, do you have some facts wrong! PFC England was sentenced to 3 years, served a year and a half, and got off parole last fall.

    Her authorized biography will be released on Monday: “Tortured: Lynndie England, Abu Ghrab, and the Photographs that Shocked the World”…

    Comment by onebadapple | May 29, 2009

  4. Something is mixed up; General Taguba has issued another statement trying to clarify the linked article. Not sure what it changes.

    Did Taguba conclude that the abuse you describe (not waterboarding, but the abuse described in this post) was U.S. policy, or part of a program approved by the government? Who has concluded that?

    Comment by K Gray | May 30, 2009

  5. Thanks for the correction on Lynndie England.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | May 30, 2009

  6. “THESE ARE WAR CRIMES. They are war crimes designed at the highest levels of the Bush government, possibly with the collusion of some high ranking Democrats.”

    Yes–they are war crimes. I have no doubt that Bush and Rumsfeld ordered the rape of Iraqis. And Obama is complicit in war crimes if he does not prosectute Yoo and Cheney and Bush.

    Comment by Kathy | May 31, 2009

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