A new report says that unreleased photos of abuse by the U.S. military, the same photos Barack Obama refused to release a few weeks ago, contain graphic images of rape, torture and sexual abuse perpetrated by American soldiers.
The details of the new report come from Major General Antonio Taguba, a U.S. Army officer who conducted an investigation into Abu Ghraib. The photos allegedly show an American soldier raping a female prisoner, a male American translator raping a male prisoner, a female prisoner having her clothes ripped off to expose her breasts, and numerous other photos of sexual assaults on prisoners using wire and other blunt objects.
The latest photographs relate to 400 cases of alleged abuse between 2001 and 2005 in Abu Ghraib and six other prisons. Mr Obama said the individuals involved had been "identified, and appropriate actions" taken.
Maj Gen Taguba's internal inquiry into the abuse at Abu Ghraib, included sworn statements by 13 detainees, which, he said in the report, he found "credible based on the clarity of their statements and supporting evidence provided by other witnesses."
Among the graphic statements, which were later released under US freedom of information laws, is that of Kasim Mehaddi Hilas in which he says: "I saw [name of a translator] ******* a kid, his age would be about 15 to 18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn't covered and I saw [name] who was wearing the military uniform, putting his **** in the little kid's ***…. and the female soldier was taking pictures."
The horrific nature of the unreleased photographs, rumored to number close to 2000 in total, provides a glimpse into why Obama has been vehemently opposed to their release, a stance actually backed by Taguba, who retired in 2007:
"These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency."
And here we go again.