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Old 02-17-2005, 03:48 PM   #1
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Iraqi Died While Hung From Wrists

Thu Feb 17, 3:58 PM ET

By SETH HETTENA, Associated Press Writer

SAN DIEGO - An Iraqi whose corpse was photographed with grinning U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib died under CIA (news - web sites) interrogation while in a position condemned by human rights groups as torture — suspended by his wrists, with his hands cuffed behind his back, according to reports reviewed by The Associated Press.

The death of the prisoner, Manadel al-Jamadi, became known last year when the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke. The U.S. military said back then that the death had been ruled a homicide. But the exact circumstances under which the man died were not disclosed at the time.

The prisoner died in a position known as "Palestinian hanging," the documents reviewed by The AP show. It is unclear whether that position was approved by the Bush administration for use in CIA interrogations.

The spy agency, which faces congressional scrutiny over its detention and interrogation of terror suspects at the Baghdad prison and elsewhere, declined to comment for this story, as did the Justice Department (news - web sites).

Al-Jamadi was one of the CIA's "ghost" detainees at Abu Ghraib — prisoners being held secretly by the agency.

His death in November 2003 became public with the release of photos of Abu Ghraib guards giving a thumbs-up over his bruised and puffy-faced corpse, which had been packed in ice. One of those guards was Pvt. Charles Graner, who last month received 10 years in a military prison for abusing detainees.

Al-Jamadi died in a prison shower room during about a half-hour of questioning, before interrogators could extract any information, according to the documents, which consist of statements from Army prison guards to investigators with the military and the CIA's Inspector General's office.

One Army guard, Sgt. Jeffery Frost, said the prisoner's arms were stretched behind him in a way he had never before seen. Frost told investigators he was surprised al-Jamadi's arms "didn't pop out of their sockets,"

British Resident Blinded at Guantanamo, Lawyer Claims

By David Barrett, PA

A British resident has been blinded in one eye by American military police at Guantanamo Bay, his lawyer claimed today.

Omar Deghayes’ family appealed for the British Government to intervene and secure his release, almost 25 years to the day since his father was assassinated by Colonel Gaddafi’s regime in Libya.

Mr Deghayes mother Zohra Zewawi, from Brighton, wept as lawyer Clive Stafford Smith described the injuries the detainee has allegedly suffered at the Cuban base.

“In March 2004 the Emergency Reaction Force in Camp Delta came into his cell,” he said.

“They brought their pepper spray and held him down.

“They held both of his eyes open and sprayed it into his eyes and later took a towel soaked in pepper spray and rubbed it in his eyes.

“Omar could not see from either eye for two weeks but he gradually got sight back in one eye.

“He’s totally blind in the right eye. I can report that his right eye is all white and milky – he can’t see out of it because he has been blinded by the US in Guantanamo.”

Mr Stafford Smith added that one of the officers also pushed his finger into Mr Deghayes’ eye.

It was a combination of the pepper spray and the gouging which led to loss of his sight, the lawyer claimed.

Mr Deghayes, 35, came to the UK with his family from Libya in 1986, six years after his father, Amer, was allegedly killed by the Gaddafi regime – an incident reported by Amnesty International at the time.

The detainees’ brother Taher Deghayes, 38, and sister Amani Deghayes, 30, joined their mother in asking Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to step up diplomatic efforts to secure either his fair trial or release.

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Criminal behaviour deserves to be punished, those who murder prisoners should be locked away for many years.

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Old 02-17-2005, 04:18 PM   #3
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I think we've taken a leap off a high cliff.

It isn't odd when we have a President that can't seem to appoint anyone to a key position that doesn't have some shady background. Negroponte "alias death squad Neg" for Intelligence Cxar.
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no one in the bush administration has ever made a mistake, ever.

nor have they ever been punished for the mistakes they have made. rather, they get awarded Medals of Freedom.

up is down.

black is white.
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Old 02-17-2005, 06:50 PM   #5
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Just wait till Dean gets in....

Ah no, sorry that was just a dream.

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