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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Media: AP reports Abu Ghraib prisoner died from Palestinian Hanging

Associated Press reports that Manadel al-Jamadi, the corpse of whom Army Spc. Sabrina Harman posed grinning and giving the thumbs up in the Abu Ghraib photos, died during a Palestinian Hanging. The Palestinian Hanging is a torture technique, so named due to its use by Israeli military on Palestinian prisoners, which involves cuffing a prisoners hands behind their back and then suspending the body's weight from the cuffed hands.

When summoned to reposition al-Jamadi, one Army guard described seeing al-Jamadi's with his arms stretched behind him in a way he had never before seen. The guard told investigators he was surprised al-Jamadi's arms "didn't pop out of their sockets." 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. A pathologist later ruled that al-Jamadi had several broken ribs, and died from pressure to the chest and difficulty breathing.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Media: Mamdouh Habib interviewed by Australia's 60 Minutes

Mambdouh Habib is an Australian citizen who was detained by the US in Guantanamo Bay, with alleged periods of detention in Pakistan and Egypt. He is interviewed by Tara Brown on 60 Minutes for an undisclosed sum, and to have been tortured and abused by his captors.