General Taguba Says: Unreleased Abu Ghraib Photos Show Rape

May 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)–Unreleased Abu Ghraib abuse photos depict sickening and horrific scenes of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse, according to statements made to The Telegraph by former army officer, Major General Antonio Taguba.

One photo is said to show an American soldier raping a female prisoner and another shows a male American Egyptian translator sodomizing a male detainee.

The name of Maj. Gen. Taguba should sound familiar; he was tasked with cleaning up the mess at Abu Ghraib for the Bush administration, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

Taguba, a respected officer, was brought in to conduct an internal investigation into the abuses committed by American soldiers against detainees at Abu Ghraib and issued a scathing report, critical of the Bush administration’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques, dubbed the Taguba Report, which was leaked and published in 2004.

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld didn’t receive the whitewashed report they were expecting from Taguba, and he was forced to resign by the Bush administration in 2007.

In his interview with The Telegraph, he supported President Obama’s decision not to release the additional photos of abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan prisons, including Abu Ghraib, because the images would inflame the Muslim world further and place American troops in danger.

The unreleased photos depict abuses that took place in six prisons from 2001 through 2005.

“The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it,” said Taguba.

Although Taguba’s 2004 report detailed incidents of rape of detainees, it was not revealed that photos existed of the shocking abuses, until now. Some of the unreleased photographs show detainees being raped and sexually abused with objects, such as a truncheon, wire, a phosphorescent tube and a policeman’s baton.

One photo also shows a female prisoner with exposed breasts after her clothing was forcibly removed.

There are nearly 2,000 unreleased abuse photographs that the American Civil Liberties Union successfully sued to obtain through the Freedom of Information Act.

President Obama announced he intended to comply with the court’s order to release the photos in April, but later backtracked when Military officials convinced him their release would endanger the lives of American troops.

Many conservatives immediately came out to praise Obama’s decision not to release the photos, but many Democrats were critical, calling for full disclosure and a full public airing of torture abuses committed during the Bush administration.

Former Vice President Cheney has been on a torture apologist media tour lately, defending the use of torture and claiming the abuses at Abu Ghraib were the result of a “few bad apples.”

A recent 263-page report prepared by the Senate Armed Services Committee, entitled “Inquiry into the treatment of detainees in US custody,” thoroughly debunks Cheney’s claim. The report details how the harsh interrogation tactics initially approved by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in a December 2, 2002, memo paved the way for the abuses and torture in prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Abu Ghraib.

What followed was “an erosion in standards dictating that detainees be treated humanely”, the report said. Senator Carl Levin, the committee chairman went on to say: “Claims that detainee abuses could be chalked up to the unauthorized acts of a “few bad apples”, were simply false.”

Maj. Gen Taguba saw the horrors first hand during his Abu Ghraib investigation and he believes the Bush administration is guilty of war crimes. In a preface to a report by Physicians for Human Rights on prisoner abuse and torture in U.S. military prisons Taguba wrote: “There is no longer any doubt that the current administration committed war crimes. The only question is whether those who ordered torture will be held to account.”

President Obama is in a difficult situation here. If he releases the horrific photos, they may very well embolden and inflame terrorists around the world to attack American troops. However, there are many progressive voices, including the ACLU calling for a full accounting of the Bush administration’s use of torture.

Conservative smears should soon be in play against Maj. Gen.Taguba for his release of details of Abu Ghraib abuse photos and the very fact that they exist at all. Previous reports indicated the unreleased photos didn’t include Abu Ghraib prison.

(Update: The Pentagon denied the Telegraph report on Thursday.”None of the photos in question depict the images that are described in that article,” said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman. He further stated the Pentagon was not aware of the existence of photos depicting rape at Abu Ghraib or other prisons.)

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2 Responses to “General Taguba Says: Unreleased Abu Ghraib Photos Show Rape”

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