Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Something wicked this way comes.

The story of child sexual abuse at Abu Ghraib is continuing to ooze to the surface like some kind of evil slime. Last weekend Scotland's Sunday Herald reported that over 100 children are currently being held by Coalition forces in Iraq; information on them is so difficult to come by that even UNICEF can't figure out who they all are.

The Pentaton claims they're all 16- and 17-year olds, probably rock throwers and the like. The Sunday Herald says its sources tell them at least 5 children under age 16 are at Abu Ghraib and another prison at Camp Bucca.

Rolling Stone also has an Abu Ghraib story in its latest issue, and the details are much more graphic and shocking than what you've heard before.

Both articles carry very brief mentions of the sworn statement of a former Abu Ghraib prisoner who witnessed an Iraqi translator working for US forces rape a 15-year-old boy; a female US soldier photographed the crime. There are also numerous incidents in US-run prisons which are nearly identical to the NYPD's treatment of Abner Louima, committed by uniformed US servicemen.

The Rolling Stone article is derived from their reporter's access to
. . . new classified military documents . . . 106 "annexes" that the Defense Department withheld from the Taguba report last spring -- [which] include nearly 6,000 pages of internal Army memos and e-mails, reports on prison riots and escapes, and sworn statements by soldiers, officers, private contractors and detainees.
This stuff if more horrific than anything yet aired. Read it, but make sure your lunch is well digested first.

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