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April 30, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

ABU GHRAIB....What happened at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad was horrific:

According to sealed charging papers that were provided to The Washington Post, soldiers forced prisoners to lie in "a pyramid of naked detainees" and jumped on their prone bodies, while other detainees were ordered to strip and perform or simulate sex acts. In one case, a hooded man allegedly was made to stand on a box of MREs, or meals ready to eat, and told that he would be electrocuted if he fell off. In another example, the papers allege, a soldier unzipped a body bag and took snapshots of a detainee's frozen corpse inside. Several times, soldiers were photographed and videotaped posing in front of humiliated inmates, according to the charges. One gave a thumbs-up sign in front of the human pyramid.

You don't have to read Arabic to see how this is playing in the Middle East, either. At Al Jazeera's English-language site it's just one small story among many, but at their main Arabic-language site it's front and center. And while I can't read the text, my guess is that the Arabic version is more inflammatory than the relatively straightforward English version.

I hope the folks responsible for this get what they deserve. Maybe we should let an Iraqi court do the honors.

UPDATE: The Memory Hole has a complete set of pictures.

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