2004-12-05

US-Folterungen im Irak auch schon vor Abu Ghraib?

--- Durch die amerikanischen (Online-)Medien geistert momentan eine Meldung, wonach Soldaten der US-Navy bereits ein gutes halbes Jahr vor den sadistischen Folterungen in Abu Ghraib irakische Gefangene misshandelten und qu�lten: The U.S. military has launched a criminal investigation into photographs that appear to show Navy SEALs in Iraq sitting on hooded and handcuffed detainees, and photos of what appear to be bloodied prisoners, one with a gun to his head. Some of the photos have date stamps suggesting they were taken in May 2003, which could make them the earliest evidence of possible abuse of prisoners in Iraq. The far more brutal practices photographed in Abu Ghraib prison occurred months later. An Associated Press reporter found more than 40 of the pictures among hundreds in an album posted on a commercial photo-sharing Web site by a woman who said her husband brought them from Iraq after his tour of duty. It is unclear who took the pictures, which the Navy said it was investigating after the AP furnished copies to get comment for this story. These and other photos found by the AP appear to show the immediate aftermath of raids on civilian homes. One man is lying on his back with a boot on his chest. A mug shot shows a man with an automatic weapon pointed at his head and a gloved thumb jabbed into his throat. In many photos, faces have been blacked out. What appears to be blood drips from the heads of some. A family huddles in a room in one photo and others show debris and upturned furniture. ... The images were posted to the Internet site Smugmug.com. The woman who posted them told the AP they were on the camera her husband brought back from Iraq. She said her husband has returned to Iraq. He does not appear in photos with prisoners.

Update: Die Emp�rung folgt stante pedes: Neue Fotos �ber die Mi�handlung irakischer Gefangener haben in der arabischen Welt einen Sturm der Entr�stung ausgel�st.