Thursday, April 29, 2004


But please note that this is not a new read about it here months ago. And the Army has already begun proceedings against these soldiers.

The only thing new here is the CBS got hold of some photos.
Six Army reservists shown in graphic photos mistreating and humiliating Iraqi prisoners at a sprawling prison west of Baghdad are assigned to the 372nd Military Police Company based in Cumberland, family members and officials said last night.

In a story that aired last night, CBS's 60 Minutes II aired a series of pictures showing naked Iraqi prisoners who were forced to huddle in a pyramid or simulate sex acts with other prisoners. The pictures showed laughing male and female U.S. soldiers, some giving the thumbs-up sign, and a few were recognized by their Western Maryland neighbors...

The six reservists could be court-martialed. The New York Times says three of the six reported last month to be facing preliminary charges have been recommended for court-martial trials. According to the newspaper, a senior Pentagon official said late last night that the three have finished the military equivalent of a grand jury proceeding.

Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, a military spokesman in Iraq, told 60 Minutes II that he was "appalled" by the conduct displayed in the photos.

"These are our fellow soldiers," he said. "These are the people we work with every day, and they represent us. They wear the same uniform as us, and they let their fellow soldiers down."

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