Guardian on rape/abuse of female prisoners in Iraq by American guards

[This is horried and repulsive enough… especially the fact that these women are being released without any protection or follow up (resulting in disappearances, murders, suicides, etc.)… but what really gets my goat is this:

Like other Iraqi prisoners, all five are classified as “security detainees” – a term invented by the Bush administration to justify the indefinite detention of prisoners without charge or legal access, as part of the war on terror. US military officials will only say that they are suspected of “anti-coalition activities”.

“Invented by the Bush administration…”

“indefinite detention without charge…”


Our ancestors fought a REVOLUTION a little bit over two hundred years ago precisely because King George was engaging in this type of behavior. One of the outcomes of that experience was the Constitution of the United States and the accompanying Bill of Rights, along with a lot of jurisprudence (such as Habeus Corpus) designed to translate those nobel words into tangible reality. These rules were put into place for a REASON, and our new King George and his cabal of neo-conservative nogoodnicks are busy demonstrating exactly what that reason was – and sullying the good name of our country, our heritage, our government and each of us as American citizens. I take this very personally. Bastards!,3604,1220673,00.html

The other prisoners

Most of the coverage of abuse at Abu Ghraib has focused on male detainees. But what of the five women held in the jail, and the scores elsewhere in Iraq? Luke Harding reports

Thursday May 20, 2004

The Guardian

The scandal at Abu Ghraib prison was first exposed not by a digital photograph but by a letter. In December 2003, a woman prisoner inside the jail west of Baghdad managed to smuggle out a note. Its contents were so shocking that, at first, Amal Kadham Swadi and the other Iraqi women lawyers who had been trying to gain access to the US jail found them hard to believe.

The note claimed that US guards had been raping women detainees, who were, and are, in a small minority at Abu Ghraib. Several of the women were now pregnant, it added. The women had been forced to strip naked in front of men, it said. The note urged the Iraqi resistance to bomb the jail to spare the women further shame.

Late last year, Swadi, one of seven female lawyers now representing women detainees in Abu Ghraib, began to piece together a picture of systemic abuse and torture perpetrated by US guards against Iraqi women held in detention without charge. This was not only true of Abu Ghraib, she discovered, but was, as she put it, “happening all across Iraq”.

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Thomas Leavitt