|08-07-2008, 02:11 PM||#1|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Dec 2002
Bush tells china to improve human rights, then this story comes out where the US military keeps iraqis in wooden crates.
U.S. segregates violent Iraqi prisoners in crates
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. military is segregating violent Iraqi prisoners in wooden crates that in some cases are not much bigger than the prisoners
The military released photos of what it calls the "segregation boxes" used in Iraq.
Three grainy black-and-white photos show the rudimentary structures of wood and mesh. Some of the boxes are as small as 3 feet by 3 feet by 6 feet tall, according to military officials, although they did not release a picture of a box that size.
The average Iraqi male is 5 feet 6 inches tall, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health. That leaves little room for a prisoner to move once put in the detention box. See how a man might fit in the crate »
The photos were made public after a blogger filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2005.
The military said the boxes are humane and are checked every 15 minutes. It said detainees, who stand in the boxes, are isolated for no more than 12 hours at a time.
"Someone in a segregation box is actually observed more than those anywhere else," said Maj. Neal Fisher, a spokesman for Task Force 134, the Marine unit in charge of detainees. "Their care and custody does not change simply because they are in segregation." Watch why the boxes raise human rights concerns »
A prisoner has never fallen ill or died because of being held in a segregation box, Fisher said.
Human rights advocates say little is known about how the military treats prisoners inside these boxes.
"There are concerns that they could be used in places where the detainees are enclosed in extremely hot conditions. It is important to know whether or not detainees are provided with food," said Jennifer Daskel of Human Rights Watch.
Prisoners get food and water during their time in the boxes, Fisher said.
Since the abuses at Abu Ghraib , the U.S. has improved conditions for the 20,000 prisoners there, the military said.
But life is tough behind the wire. Hundreds are still considered by the military to be al Qaeda loyalists.
The U.S. military has released about 10,000 Iraqi prisoners and said it hopes to release more. Recently, 20 foreign fighters were sent back to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the military said.
"We are able to capture threats to the Iraqi government and the population, detain them, rehabilitate them, and 99 times out of 100 release them," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.
|08-07-2008, 04:25 PM||#2|
Hokie since 1993
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Denver, CO
U.S. segregates violent Iraqi prisoners in crates.
I mean take out the word violent. Give your point a chance.
|08-07-2008, 04:32 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Twixt Hell & Highwater
Isn't that what they used in Cool Hand Luke?
"What we have here is failure to communicate."
|08-09-2008, 09:09 AM||#5|
Mo' holla fo' yo' dolla!
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: In a bunker in an undisclosed location
LMAO @ the unelected pinhead lecturing others on human rights when he has so much innocent blood on his own hands.
The stench of hypocrisy and shamelessness eminating from that sociopathic POS is enough to knock you to your knees.
|08-09-2008, 09:28 AM||#6|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
But onto more Cool Hand Luke classic quotes...
Carr: Them clothes got laundry numbers on them. You remember your number and always wear the ones that has your number. Any man forgets his number spends a night in the box.
These here spoons you keep with you. Any man loses his spoon spends a night in the box.
There's no playing grab-ass or fighting in the building. You got a grudge against another man, you fight him Saturday afternoon. Any man playing grab-ass or fighting in the building spends a night in the box.
First bell's at five minutes of eight when you will get in your bunk. Last bell is at eight. Any man not in his bunk at eight spends the night in the box.
There is no smoking in the prone position in bed. To smoke you must have both legs over the side of your bunk. Any man caught smoking in the prone position in bed... spends a night in the box.
You get two sheets. Every Saturday, you put the clean sheet on the top... the top sheet on the bottom... and the bottom sheet you turn in to the laundry boy. Any man turns in the wrong sheet spends a night in the box.
No one'll sit in the bunks with dirty pants on. Any man with dirty pants on sitting on the bunks spends a night in the box.
Any man don't bring back his empty pop bottle spends a night in the box.
Any man loud talking spends a night in the box.
You got questions, you come to me. I'm Carr, the floor walker. I'm responsible for order in here. Any man don't keep order spends a night in...
Luke: ...the box.
Carr: I hope you ain't going to be a hard case.