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Abu Ghraib Reinvented - IDF Torture and Death

by Oui Mon Jun 10th, 2024 at 06:10:13 PM EST


Late Islamic State chief Al-Baghdadi radicalized by US torture in Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca

Were Abu Ghraib abuses learned from Israel? / Palestinians think so, but Shin Bet interrogators scoff at U.S. methods | SF Gate - 27 June 2004 |

Palestinians who have spent time in Israeli detention say the images of sexual abuse and humiliation from Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison are painful reminders of their own experience at the hands of Israeli interrogators.

Some, like Hisham Abdel Razzaq, the Palestinian minister for prisoners, believe the similarity is more than coincidental.

"I am inclined to think that the Americans copied the Israeli techniques, " said Abdel Razzaq. "I can't prove it in an objective manner, but the striking similarities are overwhelming."

But veterans of Israel's Shin Bet secret service, which conducts most of the country's anti-terrorist investigations, scoff at such charges and say sexual humiliation of the type seen in photos from Abu Ghraib is not even a useful tool in interrogating suspects.

"Under questioning, a terrorist should be made to yield," said Ami Ayalon, a former director of the Shin Bet. "Sexual abuse goes too far by breaking him, so it's not an option. A broken man will say anything. That information is worthless."

The Shin Bet and other Israeli law enforcement bodies operate under detailed interrogation guidelines set in a 1999 Supreme Court ruling, which resulted from a lawsuit filed by human rights advocates. Israel is a signatory to the 1991 International Convention Against Torture.

Under the ruling, interrogators, who had been given permission to use "moderate physical and psychological pressure" to extract information from detainees, were barred from a long list of coercive practices reported by former prisoners. Specifically, the ruling prohibited violent shaking, sleep deprivation, hooding and exposure to extreme temperatures, including freezing baths in winter, as well as a form of constraint known as shabah, in which the prisoner is tightly shackled for long periods.

Loopholes in the law allow the Shin Bet to use "moderate physical pressure," including sensory deprivation and shaking that stops short of causing permanent damage, on "ticking bombs" -- suspects it believes have information about imminent attacks.

Israel/ OPT: Legally-sanctioned torture of Palestinian detainee left him in critical condition | Amnesty Int'l - 30 sept. 2019 |

Not about intelligence, torture used as revenge - Amalek

In a CNN exclusive, Israeli whistleblowers reveal accounts of abuse and torture at Sde Teiman, a prison in Israel's southern Negev region. Eyewitnesses report detainees are subjected to severe beatings, with some sustaining broken bones and teeth. Additionally, another eyewitness described certain medical procedures inflicted on wounded detainees as psychological torture.

CIA interrogated suspects on Diego Garcia, says Colin Powell aide | The Guardian - 30 Jan 2015 |

The UK government is facing renewed pressure to make a full disclosure of its involvement in the CIA's post-9/11 kidnap and torture programme after another leading Bush-era US official said suspects were held and interrogated on the British territory of Diego Garcia.

Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to Colin Powell at the US state department, said the Indian Ocean atoll was used by the CIA as "a transit site where people were temporarily housed, let us say, and interrogated from time to time".

In an interview with Vice News, Wilkerson said three US intelligence sources had informed him that the CIA used Diego Garcia for what he described as "nefarious activities", with prisoners being held for weeks at a time.

20 years later, Abu Ghraib detainees get their day in US court | AP News - 12 April 2024 |

Twenty years ago this month, photos of abused prisoners and smiling U.S. soldiers guarding them at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison were released, shocking the world.

Now, three survivors of Abu Ghraib will finally get their day in U.S. court against the military contractor they hold responsible for their mistreatment.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, and will be the first time that Abu Ghraib survivors are able to bring their claims of torture to a U.S. jury, said Baher Azmy, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights representing the plaintiffs.

The defendant in the civil suit, CACI, supplied the interrogators who worked at the prison. The Virginia-based contractor denies any wrongdoing, and has emphasized throughout 16 years of litigation that its employees are not alleged to have inflicted any abuse on any of the plaintiffs in the case.

Report: Rumsfeld OK'd Prison Rules | CBS News June 2004 |

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved interrogation methods for Guantanamo Bay detainees including the use of "stress positions" for up to four hours, "fear of dogs" and "mild non-injurious" physical contact.

First year Porter J. Goss at CIA. John Diamond spoke about the clandestine services of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He also discussed the CIA leak of operative Valerie Plame. (C-Span - 22 Oct. 2005)

Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition


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