Wednesday, October 26, 2005

ACLU: Medical records show that prisoners were tortured to death

The ACLU, through Freedom of Information Act requests, has obtained the autopsy reports for dozens of prisoners who died in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here's what they found:
"... The documents show that detainees were hooded, gagged, strangled, beaten with blunt objects, subjected to sleep deprivation and to hot and cold environmental conditions.


"The documents released today include 44 autopsies and death reports as well as a summary of autopsy reports of individuals apprehended in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documents show that detainees died during or after interrogations by Navy Seals, Military Intelligence and '“OGA'” (Other Governmental Agency) -- a term, according to the ACLU, that is commonly used to refer to the CIA.

"According to the documents, 21 of the 44 deaths were homicides. Eight of the homicides appear to have resulted from abusive techniques used on detainees, in some instances, by the CIA, Navy Seals and Military Intelligence personnel. "
The article goes on to provide more details, and even links to the original source documents.

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