Tuesday, July 06, 2004

A little more information on Sy Hersh's contention that the sexual abuse of children occurred at Abu Ghraib, from Der Spiegel.
According to information from the International Red Cross, more than a 100 children are imprisoned in Iraq, including in the infamous prison Abu Ghraib.

The German TV magazine "Report" revealed that there has been abuse of children and youth by the coalition forces. . . .

Samuel Provance, a staff sergeant stationed in the now infamous Abu Ghraib prison said that interrogating officers had pressured a 15 or 16 year old girl. Military police had only intervened when the girl was already half undressed. On another occasion, a 16 year old was soaked with water, driven through the cold, and then smeared with mud.
The story of the 16-year-old driven naked in the back of a truck all night long has been out for a while, but I have not heard the Provance story before. Note that in the version at ABC News, there is no mention that the half-undressed female was just a girl.
Provance also described an incident when two drunken interrogators took a female Iraqi prisoner from her cell in the middle of the night and stripped her naked to the waist. The men were later restrained by another MP.
From Sy Hersh's reaction to the information on children in Abu Ghraib that he has seen, this stuff, unfortunately, is barely the tip of the iceberg.

With the little amount of information out in the public arena on this matter, I've said about all I can say back on June 11. Until more comes out, that will have to stand.

Thanks to Seb at Sadly, No! for the heads up.

UPDATE: Perhaps Hersh has heard the audio and seen the video from the treatment of this 12- or 13-year-old Iraqi girl. No surprise, knowing the American media, that one has to go to Australian or German news sources to follow this story, in all its grim details.


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