The Fact is… we violated the tenets of the Geneva Convention. We violated our own principles and we violated the core of our military values
As the US forces starts a fresh campaign against insurgents in Iraq, the ghost of Abu Ghraib prison scandal continued to haunt Bush’s war on terror. The scandal was opened up again after the New Yorker magazine reporter Seymour M. Hersh interviewed Retired Major-General Antonio Taguba about his report on the alleged tortures and abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq revealing fresh information and implying that top officials knew about the tortures and abuses, Al Jazeera reported.
The White House has denied that President George W. Bush knew about the Abu Ghraib tortures as implicated by Retired Major-General Taguba. Retired Major-General Taguba also alleged that then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had access to the photos of the alleged torture and abuses but might had refused to see it. Rumsfeld denied having knowledge of the photos and alleged that he only knew about the incident through the media.
Eleven prison guards were subsequently convicted for abusing and torturing Abu Ghraib prisoners, some of whom were beaten to death. Al-Jazeera also reported that Retired Major-General Taguba revealed previously undisclosed information:
Taguba spoke of other, undisclosed material, including descriptions of the sexual humiliation of a father with his son, who were both detainees and “a video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomising a female detainee” that was never made public or mentioned in any court.
Retired Major-General Taguba apparently received a warning from a general that he will be investigated for his report. Nearly three years after the report leaked to the public, the Filipino-American was asked to retire last January 2007 without any reason.
He (Taguba) said he was “ostracised for doing what I was asked to do”.
- Some of the released Abu Ghraib Photos
- The General’s Report
- Complete version of the Taguba Report
- Who is Major-General Antonio Taguba