[News] More torture: Iraqi prisoner died in CIA interrogation
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Iraqi prisoner died in CIA interrogation
Friday 18 February 2005 2:17 AM GMT
An Iraqi whose corpse was photographed with grinning US soldiers at Abu
Ghraib prison died under CIA interrogation while being suspended by his
wrists, with his hands cuffed behind his back.
According to documents made available recently and reviewed by the
Associated Press, Manadil al-Jamadi was one of the CIA's "ghost" detainees
at Abu Ghraib - prisoners being held secretly by the agency.
Al-Jamadi's death became known last year when the Abu Ghraib prison scandal
US prison guards were seen in photos giving thumbs-up over his bruised and
puffy-faced corpse which had been packed in ice.
The US military had previously said the death had been ruled a murder, but
the exact circumstances under which he died were not disclosed at the time.
But documents now show al-Jamadi died in a position known as "Palestinian
hanging". It is unclear whether that position was approved by the Bush
administration for use in CIA investigations.
Al-Jamadi died in a prison shower room during about a half-hour of
questioning, before interrogators could extract any information, according
to the documents, which consist of statements from US army prison guards to
investigators with the military and the CIA's inspector-general's office.
One guard, Sergeant Jeffery Frost, said the prisoner's arms were stretched
behind him in a way he had never before seen.
Frost and other guards had been summoned to reposition al-Jamadi, who an
interrogator said was not cooperating. As the guards released the shackles
and lowered al-Jamadi, blood gushed from his mouth "as if a faucet had been
turned on", according to the interview summary.
The military pathologist who ruled the case a murder found several broken
ribs and concluded al-Jamadi died from pressure to the chest and difficulty
Dr Vincent Iacopino, director of research for Physicians for Human Rights,
called the hyper-extension of the arms behind the back "clear and simple
The European Court of Human Rights found Turkey guilty of torture in 1996
in a case of Palestinian hanging a technique Iacopino said is used
worldwide but named for its alleged use by Israel in Palestine.
US Navy SEALs had apprehended al-Jamadi as a suspect in the October 2003
bombing of Red Cross offices in Baghdad.
According to court documents, the SEALs punched, kicked and struck
al-Jamadi with their rifles before handing him over to the CIA early on 4
November. By 7am that day, he was dead.
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Army Destroyed Mock Execution Pictures
Documents: Army Pictures of Mock Afghan Executions Were Destroyed After
Iraq Prison Scandal
By LARRY NEUMEISTER
The Associated Press
Feb. 18, 2005 - Pictures of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan posing with hooded
and bound detainees during mock executions were destroyed after the Abu
Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq to avoid another public outrage, Army
documents released Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union show.
The results of an Army probe of the photographs were among hundreds of
pages of documents released after the ACLU obtained a federal court order
in Manhattan to let it see documents about U.S. treatment of detainees
around the world.
The ACLU said the probe shows the rippling effect of the Abu Ghraib scandal
and that efforts to humiliate the enemy might have been more widespread
"It's increasingly clear that members of the military were aware of the
allegations of torture and that efforts were taken to erase evidence, to
shut down investigations and to humiliate the detainees in an effort to
silence them," ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said.
The Army did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
The probe of the pictures in Afghanistan began after a CD found there
during a July office cleanup contained pictures of uniformed soldiers
pointing guns at bound and hooded detainees.
The investigation showed that the pictures were taken in and around Fire
Base Tycze in southern Afghanistan, according to the documents, which
blacked out the identities of those interviewed.
An Army specialist told investigators that similar photographs were
destroyed after images of torture at Abu Ghraib were leaked to the media.
Another Army specialist admitted he was photographed standing behind a
prisoner while holding a weapon to his head, according to the released
records. The specialist told investigators he considered those kinds of
pictures bad because they would enrage the public.
The probe established probable cause to believe eight soldiers committed
dereliction of duty when they jokingly pointed weapons at bound detainees
and took pictures, the Army records show.
Earlier documents released by the ACLU had primarily been from the FBI. The
ACLU also is seeking documents from the CIA and the Department of Defense.
Other Army documents released Friday outlined the case of an Iraqi detainee
who said Americans in civilian clothes beat him, dislocated his arms, fired
an unloaded pistol into his mouth and beat his leg with a bat before making
him denounce his abuse claims to win release. A criminal file on the
alleged abuse was closed because the probe could not prove or disprove the
The Army documents also describe a probe into complaints by senior
psychological operations officers in Afghanistan that they saw assaults by
special forces on civilians during raids in May 2004 in the villages of
Gurjay and Sukhagen.
That investigation was suspended because the victims could not be
interviewed and prospective witnesses were enemy forces, the Army said in
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