Documenting The War Crimes...

...would be a full time job.

This week we've learned that they...

Blinded a Brit by spraying pepper spray point blank into his eyes while he was a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. Not to mention the eye gouging. Which seem to have become a recurring theme.

...and then there's the dead Iraqi at Abu Ghraib that they packed in ice, and pretended wasn't dead. They admitted that he died durring "interrorgation", but they didn't say how. Turns out he died from being put into a position known as "Palestinian hanging". That's when they hand-cuff you behind your back and then lift you into the air by your wrists.

from the AP

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," according to a summary of his interview.

Frost and other guards had been summoned to reposition al-Jamadi, who an interrogator said was not cooperating. As the guards released the shackles and lowered al-Jamadi, blood gushed from his mouth "as if a faucet had been turned on," according to the interview summary.

The military pathologist who ruled the case a homicide found several broken ribs and concluded al-Jamadi died from pressure to the chest and difficulty breathing.


Dr. Vincent Iacopino, director of research for Physicians for Human Rights, called the hyper-extension of the arms behind the back "clear and simple torture." The European Court of Human Rights found Turkey guilty of torture in 1996 in a case of Palestinian hanging — a technique Iacopino said is used worldwide but named for its alleged use by Israel in the Palestinian territories.

The Washington Post reported last year that after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, the CIA suspended the use of its "enhanced interrogation techniques," including stress positions, because of fears that the agency could be accused of unsanctioned and illegal activity. The newspaper said the White House had approved the tactics.

I wonder if bush gets off killing people? Or is it just a power thing?

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