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September 24, 2005
A "few bad apples", eh?
Two soldiers and an officer from the 82nd Airborne have told Human Rights Watch about "systemic detainee abuse and human rights violations" at US bases in Iraq.
Their statements included vivid allegations of violence against detainees held at Forward Operating Base Mercury, outside Fallujah, shortly before the notorious abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison began. The soldiers described incidents similar to those reported in other parts of Iraq -- such as putting detainees in stress positions, exercising them to the point of total exhaustion, and sleep deprivation.

They also detailed regular attacks that left detainees with broken bones -- including once when a detainee was hit with a metal bat -- and said that detainees were sometimes piled into pyramids, a tactic seen in photographs taken later at Abu Ghraib.

Why does the 82nd Airbore hate America?
At 2:21 AM, Anonymous Terri said...

You forgot to mention that the 82nd Airborne is now helping out in Louisiana.