Abuse Allegations at Abu Ghraib Prison

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During a recent trial at a federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., a jury was confronted with harrowing testimonies from three Iraqis who had been detained by U.S. forces after the 2003 invasion of Iraq and held at Abu Ghraib prison. The allegations they brought to light shed new light on the dark realities of America’s post-9/11 torture program, directly from the mouths of the detainees themselves.

Details of Alleged Abuses

  • Journalist’s Account: The journalist recounted being left naked overnight in a cold prison cell, with a bag over his head and chained by his wrists to a pipe.
  • Fruit Vendor’s Testimony: The fruit vendor described being coerced to strip naked and masturbate while his captors watched and took photographs.
  • Middle-School Principal’s Experience: The middle-school principal detailed threats of rape directed at him and his family, warning that they would be brought to the prison for the same fate.

Lawsuit Against CACI Premier Technology

The three men – Salah Hasan Al-Ejaili, Suhail Al Shimari, and Asa’ad Al-Zuba’e – are suing CACI Premier Technology, a subsidiary of the Virginia-based defense contractor CACI. The plaintiffs allege that CACI interrogators instructed military police officers to “soften up” the detainees for questioning, thereby implicating the company in acts of “torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” carried out on them.

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