Torture

Abu Ghraib Photos ‘Show Rape’

Remember those 2,000 Abu Ghraib abuse photos President Obama didn’t want released? Major General Antonio Taguba, who conducted the investigation of Abu Ghraib and retired in 2007, told the Daily Telegraph they “show rape.” One picture, he alleges, depicts an American soldier raping a female prisoner; another shows a male translator raping a male detainee. Other images depict prisoners being sexually assaulted with objects such as a wire, a club, and a phosphorescent tube. Still another shows a female prisoner “having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.” Taguba supports Obama’s wishes not to release the photos. “I am not sure what purpose their release would serve other than a legal one,” he said, and adds, "The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it." The photos, which are related to 400 cases of alleged abuse from 2001-2005, were originally thought to be similar in content to previously released pictures, which depicted prisoners being threatened by dogs and piled into human pyramids.