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straight copy of the AP article:
Congressmen Describe Pornographic and Violent Images
The Associated Press
Published: May 12, 2004
Members of Congress saw classified images of Iraqi prisoner abuse Wednesday. Some of their descriptions of the photos and videos they saw:
- A clothed man beating himself against a wall as though to knock himself unconscious. "I saw cruel, sadistic torture," said Rep. Jane Harman,
- A prisoner apparently sodomizing himself with a foreign object. "There were certain wounds," said Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. "I didn't see
anyone inflicting wounds but it was certainly implied that they were inflicted."
- More than seven soldiers standing in a hallway with a clump of people tied together on the floor. "You can't tell me all of this is going on with
seven or eight Army privates," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
- Pornographic images involving prisoners. "It was hard to tell what orifice you were looking at in the pictures I saw," said Rep. Dave Weldon,
- Dogs snarling at prisoners and women being forced to disrobe. "I don't know how the hell these people got into our army," said Sen. Ben
Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo.
- People in body bags and a person with a disfigured face, although apparently no images of violence being done to those people. "It's hard to
believe that these injuries or pictures that you see would have occurred without violence," said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.
- "People were, I believe, forced to smash heads against doors until their heads broke open. There were people who were forced to have sex with each
other," said Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y.
- U.S. soldiers engaged in "pornographic" acts with each other. "It certainly was so far unbecoming of what we expect from American soldiers. It's
so terribly disappointing," said Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.
- A dead prisoner and others with several cuts on their bodies. "We have no clue if that was inside the prison or in a battleground. There is no
context to a lot of these pictures," said Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio.