posted on May, 19 2005 @ 06:53 PM
Newly released documents show Iraqi detainee abuse. More than 2,500 pages of documents just released by the Army reveal instances of detainee abuse,
including mock executions, by U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
The Army released the documents this week as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU. The same request resulted in the release of
several thousand pages of similar documents earlier this year.
"The Army does not tolerate detainee abuse and will continue to aggressively investigate all allegations of abuse and hold individuals accountable
when appropriate," an Army spokesman said.
At least three soldiers were investigated and reprimanded for handling detainees outside of authorized military parameters, according to the
In June 2003 an Army second lieutenant from the 1st Armored Division, identified in the redacted documents by the last name Yancey, and an
unidentified sergeant were involved in two incidents in Iraq.
Witness statements from his platoon said Yancey took a boy detainee out of a truck and fired his weapon next to the detainee's head.
In Yancey's account to military investigators, he had fired at a pack of threatening wild dogs. But a witness from his platoon said they did not hear
any dogs in the area.
Further investigation into the incident found that Yancey enjoyed administering "street justice," according to witnesses who had seen him firing
One soldier reported to investigators that Yancey "feels good when he scares people," according to the documents.
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The Army keeps saying that they do not allow detainee abuse. But all i keep hearing reports of abuse. What do you guys think about the things that
are happening. Is there abuse?