Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

More U.S. torture allegations out of Iraq.

An American soldier who went AWOL rather than returning to Iraq faces a court-martial tomorrow for desertion. He is claiming conscientious objector status, objecting to what he felt was cruel treatment of Iraqi prisoners. He has offered to testify before Congress on the torture of Iraqi detainees that he witnessed in Al Assad, Iraq.

The interesting part, however, is he made his claims about tortured Iraqi prisoners *BEFORE* all the recent allegations regarding prisoner abuse.

Meanwhile, the big buzz is that Seymour Hersh is linking all of the abuse back to Rumsfeld, and that there seems to be a lot of people in the Army who don't want to be the fall guy for what they consider to be bad policies from the top which encouraged abuses. The government has made some strongly worded non-denials of Hersh's allegations, but it remains to be seen whether there is any truth to it all.

*** UPDATE: al_iguana also pointed out this article about abuse of Reuters personnel by U.S. soldiers. There are multiple victims that are willing to testify to being abused in this case, it appears. ***

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