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At the Camp War Horse detention centre in Baguba, north of Baghdad, it is a surreal scene: US soldiers handing out cash to freed prisoners along with a note saying "You have not been mistreated."
Desperate to limit the damage from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the US military has launched something of a charm offensive surrounding their detention centres.
Camp War Horse, a 1,500 square metre (more than 16,000 square foot) complex on a windswept strip of desert, is the first port of call for "anti-Iraqi forces" arrested by the Americans in Diyala province, north of Baghdad.
Detainees are interrogated for between three and seven days.
Then they are either sent home, or, if something turns up the US military does not like, handed over to Iraqi police or transfered to the US 1st Infantry Division, based in Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit.
"Have you been mistreated?" the governor asks the detainees, dressed in orange boilersuits.
"No. We have never been tortured," chorused those behind bars as some 50 soldiers stood nearby.
The visit (by journalist to the prison) ends in applause. Just as the visitors get ready to leave, a prisoner is freed.
Pittard hands Fahek Jamil, 38, 20 dollars -- compensation for his four-day detention without cause.
He is also given a note in Arabic. "You have not been maltreated. Return to your home in peace and know that the Americans are working for a better life for the Iraqi people," it says.
Texti still want to know how much they compensate those abused in the pic with?