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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 01:59 PM
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US forces were taught torture techniques ("bitch in a box")

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1216579,00....

They called it "bitch in a box". On a baking hot day last August, a black Mercedes sedan pulled up at the US army base in Ramadi and two US interrogators dragged an Iraqi man out of the boot. He was gasping for air.

"They kind of had to prop him up to carry him in. He looked like he had been there for a while," said a US soldier who witnessed the Iraqi's arrival in the custody of American interrogators wearing desert camouflage but no identifying insignia.

Such coercive interrogation techniques are widespread in Iraq. The Guardian has learned of ordinary soldiers who were instructed to use sleep deprivation on prisoners, and taught to perform mock executions.

The Guardian also spoke to soldiers who served at Abu Ghraib, in units not linked to the photographs of abuse which surfaced two weeks ago, who said prisoners were routinely humiliated by US troops venting their frustration.

Other troops witnessed procedures they believed to be wrong, but felt powerless to intervene.
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everything is relative:

(women know all about being put in a box, bag, suitcase, trash after men kill us)
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thebigidea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 02:00 PM
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1. I'm hoping to score a fat nobid contract to make training films
http://www.terminalproduct.com/torture.rm

I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille. Er, Cheney.
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Nlighten1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 02:26 PM
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2. I remember some techniques I was taught as a grunt.
One of them was called "Gook on a stick". This training was informal though and it wasn't taught by our unit. It was passed down by word of mouth.
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neebob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 02:51 PM
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3. "Taught to perform mock executions"
Now that's interesting. I'd like to know more about these mock executions. Otherwise, duh. I wonder how many people even realized we were taking prisoners before they saw the pictures. And if they did, did they think they were just sitting around in their cells? I read or heard a report that there were 6,000 prisoners in Abu Ghraib. And the Red Cross report said the same things were going on at lots of U.S. military bases. How many thousands of people have been subjected to these tactics? And who's dumb enough to think it wasn't a top-down policy?
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Alerter_ Donating Member (898 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 01:10 PM
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6. 10,000 people in Rumsfeld's Gulags
The reports have said there are 10,000 "detainees" in secret prisons all around the world. It's becoming clearer that Rumsfeld was videotaping them being tortured and raped, in order to send them back to their communities to provide "intelligence".
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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 02:53 PM
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4. ROTFL!
(women know all about being put in a box, bag, suitcase, trash after men kill us)

What about gay men? Do they count as bad guys based on their sex?
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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 01:07 PM
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5. I was talking about women, don't change the subject
nt
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