New army documents on treatment of Iraqi detainees made public

[JURIST] Documents from investigations of alleged Iraqi prisoner abuses released by the US Army last week [JURIST report] pursuant to an ACLU FOIA suit and made public Monday include a report on a army sergeant who after reporting abuses of Iraqi prisoners by US personnel was ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination and later sent out of Iraq after the psychiatrists's clean bill on mental health was questioned by the sergeant's military superiors. The officer, attached to 223rd military intelligence battalion, reported several incidents in Samarra in April 2003, including undue use of force and staged executions. The documents made available Monday also include references to an earlier-reported video entitled "Ramadi Madness" shot by members of the Florida National Guard attached to the 124th Infantry Regiment. The video was not put online by the ACLU but has been obtained and posted by the Palm Beach Post. It contains grisly footage and shows US troops making abusive statements [video clips and transcripts; audio notably not included by the Post because of "profane language"], although the a military investigation concluded that the actions constituted "inappropriate rather than criminal behavior." Read the ACLU press release on the latest set of relesaed documents, and review the documents [ACLU log, with descriptions]. AFP has more.

 

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