Saturday, July 23, 2005

Children tortured at Abu Ghraib

It's not the graphic detail which, in Seymour Hersh's account, demands your attention, but at least the NY Times is on the story:

In early June, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of Federal District Court in Manhattan ordered the release of the additional photographs, part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to determine the extent of abuse at American military prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The government has turned over more than 60,000 pages of documents on the treatment of detainees, some containing graphic descriptions of mistreatment. But the material that the judge ordered released - the A.C.L.U. says there are 87 photographs and 4 videos - would be the first images released in the suit. The judge said they would be the "best evidence" in the debate about the treatment of Abu Ghraib prisoners.

That Seymour Hersh account can be seen in this video of his speech at the ACLU conference (courtesy of Daily KOS).


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