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Nambe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-07-04 07:41 PM
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Oregon soldiers tried to stop prisoner abuse in Iraq, report says
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Oregon National Guard soldiers tried to stop Iraqi jailers from abusing dozens of prisoners but were ordered to return the prisoners to their abusers and leave, according to a published report. ..

On June 29, while the Oregon Guardsmen were on patrol, a scout positioned in a tall building looked through the telescopic sight on his rifle at the Justice Ministry courtyard.

He saw a man beating a prisoner with a rod or a stick, took photographs and radioed battalion headquarters, said soldiers who spoke with the scout. ..

Hendrickson demanded to speak with someone in charge of the policemen, and a well-dressed man told him "there was no prisoner abuse and that everything was under control and they were trying to conduct about 150 investigations as soon as possible," Southall said.

After Hendrickson radioed for instructions, he was told to return the prisoners to the Iraqi authorities and leave the detention yard. ..

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