Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Sunday, May 23, 2004
One third Americans say torture sometimes acceptable, one fifth support electrical torture
27. On another subject, some people say (it's acceptable to torture people suspected of terrorism, in cases where other methods have failed and the authorities believe the suspect has information that could prevent terrorist attacks and save lives.) Other people say (the use of torture is never acceptable because it's cruel, it may violate international law, it may not work, and it could be used unnecessarily or by mistake on innocent people.)
What's your view - do you think (it's acceptable to torture people suspected of terrorism in some cases), or do you think (the use of torture is never acceptable)?
|Torture is acceptable in||Torture is never||No|
28. What about physical abuse that falls short of torture? Do you think (it's acceptable to physically abuse but not torture people suspected of terrorism in some cases), or do you think (the use of physical abuse is never acceptable)?
|Physical abuse is acceptable in||Physical abuse is never||No|
28a. What about people who are suspected of involvement in recent attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq or Afghanistan? Do you think torture is acceptable or unacceptable in some of those cases?
|Yes, torture is acceptable||No, torture is not acceptable||No|
|in those cases||in those cases||opinion|
28b. Again, thinking about people who are suspected of involvement in recent attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq or Afghanistan, do you think physical abuse that falls short of torture is acceptable or unacceptable in some of those cases?
|Yes, physical abuse is||No, physical abuse is||No|
|acceptable in those cases||not acceptable in those cases||opinion|
29. Just your best guess, do you think the U.S. government as a matter of policy is or is not using torture as part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism?
|Is using torture||Is not using torture||No op.|
30. Just your best guess, do you think the U.S. government as a matter of policy is or is not using physical abuse that falls short of torture as part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism?
|Is using physical abuse||Is not using physical abuse||No op.|
31. As part of the U.S. campaign against terrorism, please tell me if you think each item I name is acceptable in some cases as a method of getting information from prisoners, or is unacceptable in all cases.
|Not allowing the suspect to sleep||66||33||1|
|Withholding food and water||38||61||1|
|Threatening to harm the suspect's family members||19||80||.|
|Applying electric shocks to the suspect||17||82||2|
|Making the suspect go naked||25||74||1|
|Bombarding the suspect with loud noise for long periods of time||54||45||1|
|Holding the suspect's head under water||21||78||1|
|Threatening to shoot the suspect||41||57||2|
|Keeping a hood over the suspect's head for long periods of time||57||42||1|
|Sexually humiliating the suspect||16||84||1|
|Exposing the suspect to extreme heat or cold||40||58||2|
|Punching or kicking the suspect||29||69||2|
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Investigations into Afghan detention facilities: one murder, four deaths, eight beaten
About 0900, 15 May 05, this office was notified by HQ, USACIDC, that MR [censored] was beaten on his hands, feet and chest, while detained at Kandahar and Peshawar detainee facilities.Page 7 of this document also refers to 5 other investigations, which are as follows:
- "CPT [censored] SFC [censored] SSG [censored] and SSG [censored] murdered MR [censored] after detaining him for following their movements in Afghanistan" Opened 26 Sep 02, closed 23 Mar 04
- "Re-opened: MR [censored] turned himself into the custody of the US and subsequently died while in custody in Asadabad." Opened 25 May 04
- "Death case of Afghani national under AMF control at an SF outpost, forward operating base Gereshk, Af." Opened 08 Nov 03
- "Mr [censored] was reported he was abused at the BAF Detainee facility in August 2003" Opened 20 May 04
- "SJA requested to interview (7) Afghanistan Nationals held in Kabul Detainee Facility that reported they were abused upon apprehension and that one of their brothers was killed while in US custody from being beaten" Opened 24 May 04
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Memo: "gitmoizing abu ghraib"
An email from [censored] to [censored] provides insights into General Miller's interrogation strategies. A heavily censored email will be released to the public in seven month's time, who will see it in the following form:
from what cnn reports, gen karpinsky at abu ghraib said that gen miller came to the prison several months ago and told her they wanted to "gitmoize" abu ghraib. I am not sure what this means. However if this refers to intell gathering as I suspect, it suggests he has continued to support interrogation strategies we not only advised against, but questioned in terms of effectiveness.This email also refers to the BAU EC (presumably of 30 May, 2003) as a "must read" for understanding the issue at hand.
yesterday, however, we were surprised to read an article in stars and stripes, in which gen miller is quoted as saying that he believes in the rapport-building approach. this is not what he was saying at gitmo when i was there.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Incident: Nick Berg Video
Saturday, May 08, 2004
Leaked Red Cross report: systemic widespread abuse
Interestingly, while simultaneously expressing disappointment that the report had been leaked, the ICRC noted that it had "repeatedly made its concerns known to the Coalition Forces and requested corrective measures prior to the submission of this particular report" (emphasis mine).
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
FoIA document: leadership knew of prisoner abuse, alleged rape discussed
Met with [censored] who related that [line censored] related that [censored] had recently returned from a 6 moth rotation in IRAQ. [censored] related that [censored] told [censored] while in IRAQ [censored] was in charge of interrogations of the prisoners, and during this time, [censored] and the senior leadership knew of, or were aware of the incidents going on at the prison, as it has been described in the newspaper (Washington Post, date 4 May 2004). [censored] provided a copy of the newspaper. [censored] went on to say that [censored] related that there were two incidents involving the rape of two female detainees. [censored] was asked if [censored] witnessed or knew who committed the alleged rape. [censored] stated [censored] did not know who committed the rape and did not know witness the act (sic).
Sunday, May 02, 2004
Media: Abu Ghraib prisoner tells story, joins militants
Saturday, May 01, 2004
Incident: Saleh detained at Abu Ghraib
- A belt tied around his neck and he was dragged 70 feet;
- Left naked and hooded for extended periods of time;
- Urinated on and sodomised against his will while his hands were tied over his head;
- Shot in the chest with plastic bullets as he tried to pray;
- Roped by the genitals to 12 other naked prisoners;
- His penis was stretched with a rope and beaten with a stick.
- he observed two young male detainees being raped;
- his captors fired into a crowd of detainees, killing five; and
- he heard the screams of female captives, whom he believed were being raped.