Military autopsy reports provide indisputable proof that detainees are
being tortured to death while in US military custody. Yet the US
corporate media are covering it with the seriousness of a garage sale
for the local Baptist Church.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) posting of one of forty-four US
military autopsy reports reads as follows: "Final Autopsy Report:
DOD 003164, (Detainee) Died as a result of asphyxia (lack of oxygen to
the brain) due to strangulation as evidenced by the recently fractured
hyoid bone in the neck and soft tissue hemorrhage extending downward
to the level of the right thyroid cartilage. Autopsy revealed bone
fracture, rib fractures, contusions in mid abdomen, back and buttocks
extending to the left flank, abrasions, lateral buttocks. Contusions,
back of legs and knees; abrasions on knees, left fingers and
encircling to left wrist. Lacerations and superficial cuts, right 4th
and 5th fingers. Also, blunt force injuries, predominately recent
contusions (bruises) on the torso and lower extremities. Abrasions on
left wrist are consistent with use of restraints. No evidence of
defense injuries or natural disease. Manner of death is homicide.
Whitehorse Detainment Facility, Nasiriyah, Iraq."
website further reveals how: "a 27-year-old Iraqi male died while
being interrogated by Navy Seals on April 5, 2004, in Mosul, Iraq.
During his confinement he was hooded, flex-cuffed, sleep deprived and
subjected to hot and cold environmental conditions, including the use
of cold water on his body and hood. The exact cause of death was
"undetermined" although the autopsy stated that hypothermia
may have contributed to his death.
Iraqi detainee died on January 9, 2004, in Al Asad, Iraq, while being
interrogated. He was standing, shackled to the top of a doorframe with
a gag in his mouth, at the time he died. The cause of death was
asphyxia and blunt force injuries.
several of the 44 US military autopsy reports on the ACLU website
-evidence of extensive abuse of US detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan
2002 through 2004. Anthony Romero, Executive Director of ACLU stated,
"There is no question that US interrogations have resulted in
deaths." ACLU attorney Amrit Sing adds, "These documents
present irrefutable evidence that US operatives tortured detainees to
death during interrogations."
ACLU reports that in April 2003,
Secretary Rumsfeld authorized the use of "environmental
manipulation" as an interrogation technique in Guantanamo Bay.
In September 2003, Lt. Gen. Sanchez also authorized this technique for
use in Iraq. So responsibility for these human atrocities goes
directly to the highest levels of power.