New Documents released by the ACLU Show Abuse Cases in Afghan and Iraqi Prisons
New York Times staff writers, Neil A. Lewis and Douglas Jehl, reported on Feb. 17, 2005:
"A cache of documents disclosed Thursday provides several instances of prisoner abuse by American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq that appeared to have been investigated only briefly. The documents, released by the American Civil Liberties Union, include one file in which an Iraqi detainee asserted that Americans in civilian clothing beat him repeatedly, dislocated his shoulder, stepped on his nose until it broke, choked him with a rope and hit him in the leg with a bat. Medical reports in the file confirmed the broken nose and fractured leg.
But the documents show the investigation was closed after the detainee signed a statement recanting. He later asserted that he was threatened with indefinite detention if he did not sign....
Another file concerns the discovery of a compact disk during an office clean-up in Afghanistan in July 2004 that contained images of what appeared to investigators to be abuse of detainees.
The report said the pictures showed uniformed soldiers pointing rifles and pistols at the heads of hooded detainees and posing detainees in awkward positions. A statement from a sergeant says that many such photos were destroyed after the April 2004 disclosure of mistreatment at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad....
The documents were the latest to be disclosed as part of a lawsuit brought by the civil liberties group, which is trying to determine the scope of any detainee abuse at the hands of the American military .
Last month, the A.C.L.U. released a batch of files describing complaints of serious abuse of Iraqi civilians, including reports of electric shocks and forced sodomy, and accused the military of not thoroughly investigating the cases. The Army has declined to respond to any specific cases but has insisted that all allegations of detainee abuse are thoroughly investigated."