In opening arguments here at the court martial for the accused soldier, Specialist Charles A. Graner, his lawyer insisted he was simply following orders, and using lessons he had learned in his civilian life as a prison guard to try to maintain discipline in a chaotic war zone. Using naked and hooded detainees to make a human pyramid was much like what cheerleaders "all over America" do at football games, the lawyer, Guy Womack, argued. Putting naked prisoners on leashes was much like what parents in airports and malls do with their toddlers: "They're not being abused," the lawyer told the jury of 10 soldiers, "they're being kept in control.
For Iraqi women, Abu Ghraib's taint
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US: A second wave of horrific photographs showing extreme abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers is expected to burst forth in the US media this week, fuelling further outrage and raising more questions about who gave the orders. The pictures are reported to include US soldiers almost beating a prisoner to death, the rape of boys by Iraqi guards, American guards having sex with each other and with an Iraqi woman, and a soldier acting inappropriately with a dead body. After reviewing hundreds of unpublished pictures and videos over the weekend, the Pentagon has agreed to provide them to the Senate Armed Services committee for viewing, possibly today. New photographs of cruelty at Abu Ghraib prison, outside Baghdad, surfaced in today's New Yorker magazine.
Photos of Naked Iraqi Prisoners Outrage Arabs
Arab outrage flashed across the Middle East on Friday as TV stations showed graphic images of naked Iraqi prisoners being humiliated by smiling U. The photographs, shown on Dubai-based Al Arabiya and Qatar-based Al Jazeera, included pictures of prisoners naked except for the hoods that covered their heads. The Arab TV stations led news bulletins with the photos of hooded prisoners piled on top of each other in a human pyramid and simulating sex acts, with their genitals blurred. Two U. But many in the Middle East saw the mistreatment as the latest example of American disregard for Arabs.
It has drawn wide condemnation, particularly after the following photos documenting the mistreatment have surfaced. The soldier in back has been identified as Charles A. Graner, 35, of the nd Military Police Company. Graner is charged with conspiracy to maltreat detainees, dereliction of duty, maltreatment of detainees, assaulting detainees, indecent acts, adultery and obstruction of justice.