A Brutal Iraqi Regime

(Human Rights Watch, 26-1-2005)

Methods of torture cited by detainees include routine beatings to the body using cables, hosepipes and other implements. Detainees report kicking, slapping and punching; prolonged suspension from the wrists with the hands tied behind the back; electric shocks to sensitive parts of the body, including the earlobes and genitals; and being kept blindfolded and/or handcuffed continuously for several days. In several cases, the detainees suffered what may be permanent physical disability.  
Detainees also reported being deprived by Iraqi security forces of food and water, and being crammed into small cells with standing room only. Numerous detainees described how Iraqi police sought bribes in return for release, access to family members or food and water.  

Saddam Hussein’s tactics? No, those are all things that our good friends and partners, the Interim Government have done on our watch.

But hey, at least they’ll respect our copyright regime and sell their oil in USD rather than Euro. The people of Iraq can take comfort that in those respects they are now free. In terms of not being subject to arbitrary torture and detention by an evil regime, well…. not so much.

Link via MeFi, though I’m sure this is going to be all over the American media, because they’re so liberal.

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