Abu Ghraib photos show rape, U.S. general says (updated)
At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.
Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.
Another apparently shows a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.
Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.
Allegations of rape and abuse were included in his 2004 report but the fact there were photographs was never revealed. He has now confirmed their existence in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. [Telegraph]
Or, at least we'll be forced to assume that it was standard operating procedure unless the United States finds the courage to fully investigate these crimes and hold all the perpetrators and their enablers accountable.
Until we do that, we're treating rape and torture as part of the job. If goverment really believes that "a few bad apples" were responsible for the savagery, then it has a moral obligation to investigate and clear the names of all those who served honorably.
Update: Mark Benjamin of Salon interviewed Gen. Taguba after the Telegraph story ran. The Telegraph reported that Gen Taguba was talking about the 44 photographs that the Obama administration doesn't want to release to the ACLU. But Taguba told Benjamin that he was describing pictures reviewed as part of his Abu Ghraib investigation, he denied having seen the final 44.