Standard Operating Procedure and it provided a lot of context on information we've heard in scattered news stories.
The entire documentary from beginning to end is nothing but interviews of people who were involved in some way in torture which occurred at Abu Ghraib. There is no other voice present, it is simply a series of interviews of soldiers.
Of course when people talk about Abu Ghraib, they think of those photos of inmates being humiliated. As one of the people interviewed put it. He said, correctly, that the pictures which we saw were of humiliation, not torture. The torture happened off camera, but that has little effect on our collective unconscious because we don't have an image to match it to.
One of the events related is how at one time, they had strung up a man in a "stress position." He wouldn't move or cooperate, so they decided that he was "playing possum," in their words. After awhile someone checked him, and they realized that he had been dead for quite some time. So they locked up the room and left.
Later, the commanding officer told one of the guards who was present at the time that a prisoner had died in the showers, of a heart attack. Then they showed him the body, and it was the same man they had seen the other night. The guard interviewed mentioned that she could tell that he had not died of a heart attack, simply by looking at his badly beaten body. First a man was murdered, and then the murder was covered up.
But really, the only reason that this came up is because of the explosion caused later by those photos, which of course according to military regulations never were supposed to have been taken in the first place. After the investigation began, the military declared an amnesty. They told everyone that they had a day to destroy any photos or video they had, and it would be forgiven. It was in fact a massive cover up. No civilian law enforcement agency would ever condone the destruction of evidence like that, and if they did the prosecutors involved might very well do time for it themselves. It's a criminal act.
What I'm leading up to here is very simple. It's very strange that these events came to light at all, because nobody allowed in those rooms had any reason to reveal what they had done. It is simply coincidence that we know about it now. No one interested in finding out the truth was present.
So that having been said, I wonder how many prisoners were murdered that we don't know about?
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