Abu Ghraib Photos Reveal Rape: US Officer

Guards raped male and female detainees, used wire for sex torture, according to probe

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff

Posted May 28, 2009 4:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – Unreleased photos of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib depict apparent rape and sexual abuse, according to a retired American officer who conducted an inquiry at the infamous Iraqi prison. Two photos depict the rape of a male and a female prisoner, while others show sexual assaults using a truncheon, wire, and a phosphorescent tube, Major General Antonio Taguba tells the Daily Telegraph. "These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency," he said.

The images are included in Taguba's 2004 report into abuses at the prison but remain sealed, even after a court ruled in favor of their release. In that report, three detainees describe a tube used for sexual torture, while another mentions a wire and yet another a "policeman's stick." Taguba supports the Obama administration's efforts to block release of the photos. "The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it," he said.

A detainee in an outdoor solitary confinement cell talks with a military policeman at the Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq in this 2004 file photo.
A detainee in an outdoor solitary confinement cell talks with a military policeman at the Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq in this 2004 file photo.   (AP Photo/John Moore, File)
Guards stand at a cell block at the renovated Abu Ghraib prison, now renamed Baghdad Central Prison in Baghdad, Iraq, earlier this year.
Guards stand at a cell block at the renovated Abu Ghraib prison, now renamed Baghdad Central Prison in Baghdad, Iraq, earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Mike Morice of World Can't Wait group is seen after a live waterboarding demonstration outside the Spanish Consulate in Manhattan.
Mike Morice of World Can't Wait group is seen after a live waterboarding demonstration outside the Spanish Consulate in Manhattan.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Protesters in Baghdad last month re-enact the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib during a rally marking the sixth anniversary of the fall of the Iraqi capital to American troops.
Protesters in Baghdad last month re-enact the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib during a rally marking the sixth anniversary of the fall of the Iraqi capital to American troops.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
A cell is seen at a renovated Abu Ghraib prison, now renamed Baghdad Central Prison in Iraq.
A cell is seen at a renovated Abu Ghraib prison, now renamed "Baghdad Central Prison" in Iraq.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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