- Fresh allegations have emerged of serious mistreatment
of Iraqi prisoners by US military personnel.
- Documents detailing abuses, some dated months after the
Abu Ghraib prison scandal, were released as part of a legal case against
the US government.
- Others allege serious mistreatment of detainees at the
US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
- The American Civil Liberties Union brought the case to
determine whether the US was mistreating prisoners.
- ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said the documents
meant top officials could no longer avoid public scrutiny and blame
troops acting on their own.
- Last week the case threw up fresh revelations of abuse
in Iraq by US marines, 13 of whom have been convicted and some
- Strangulation and beatings
- One of the memorandums released on Monday provided the
account of an FBI agent who observed "serious physical abuses"
- It was dated 24 June - two months after the extent of
abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison was revealed - and was marked
and sent to FBI Director Robert Mueller.
- It described strangulation, beatings and the placing
of lit cigarettes into detainees' ears.
- Documents relating to Guantanamo suggests that detainees
were shackled to the floor in foetal positions for more than 24 hours at
a time, left without food and water and allowed to defecate on
- In memos over a two-year period up to last August, FBI
agents said they witnessed the use of growling dogs to intimidate detainees
- contrary to previous statements by defence department officials.
- One detainee was wrapped in an Israeli flag and bombarded
with loud music in an apparent attempt to soften his resistance to
- There were also allegations that military interrogators
impersonated FBI agents, apparently to avoid possible blame in subsequent
- The Pentagon has not commented on the latest allegations,
but has said in relation to previous cases that it did not tolerate abusive
- It added that some allegations in the documents were
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