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Military finds 94 cases of alleged prisoner abuse...

by Blake Cook / July 22, 2004 6:09 AM PDT
Number of incidents in Iraq, Afghanistan top previous estimates

The Associated Press
Updated: 12:40 p.m. ET July 22, 2004

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has found a total of 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan since the fall of 2001, the Army's inspector general said Thursday in a long-awaited report made public at a hastily called Senate hearing.

The Pentagon had refused until now to give a total number of abuse allegations since the prisoner abuse scandal broke this spring. The 94 number is significantly higher than all other previous estimates given by Pentagon officials.


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Re: Military finds 94 cases of alleged prisoner abuse...
by Mary Kay / July 22, 2004 8:18 AM PDT

Hi Blake, Let's remember that these are allegations and it's like a lawsuit, Many just jump in who weren't involved. Let's hope that's the case here.

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A Much Larger List Of Accusations Was Examined...
by Blake Cook / July 22, 2004 2:31 PM PDT
Let's remember that these are allegations and it's like a lawsuit, Many just jump in who weren't involved. Let's hope that's the case here. - Mary Kay

Hey Mary Kay,

Sadly, it appears that the Army has already examined a much larger list of possible accusations and it has narrowed the list down to the most probable/likely cases. I found another link that adds some more detail to the story...

Army: Much higher estimates of abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- The Army inspector general's office said Thursday that it has examined 125 accusations that U.S. forces abused or killed prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan and found 94 confirmed or possible cases of abuse.

The new count covers incidents from September 2002 to June 2004. It marks the highest number of actual or possible abuses and deaths acknowledged thus far by the Army. Privately, officials had previously estimated just short of 90 cases, including 37 deaths. The new count includes 39 prisoner deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. In arriving at the figure of 94, investigators threw out 31 cases in which they determined that no abuse occurred.

Despite the publicity given to cases of prisoner abuse and deaths at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, almost half of the abuse cases -- 45 of the 94 -- occurred at the places where individuals were taken prisoner and not at the actual prisons, the Army said. The inspector general's report noted that the point of capture is where soldiers "have the least amount of control over the environment," and where contact with the prisoners is the "most uncertain, dangerous and frequently violent."

Twenty-one of the cases happened at prisons or detention centers such as Abu Ghraib; 19 happened at collection points where prisoners are gathered between their capture and their transfer to prisons; and nine happened during or surrounding interrogations, according to the report.


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