Tortera bort din stress! Ny rapport från Human Rights Watch

Den 25 september kom den USA-baserade människorättsorganisationen Human Rights Watch ut med en rapport om amerikanska soldaters övergrepp mot fångar på Mercury-basen nära Fallujah i Irak. Rapporten, som har namnet Leadership Failure: Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, innehåller bland annat att antal soldaters berättelser om systematiserade övergrepp och tortyr. Det finns alla anledning att återkomma till den här rapporten och jag skall bara servera ett smakprov här:

Soldiers referred to abusive techniques as "smoking" or "fucking" detainees, who are known as "PUCs," or Persons Under Control. "Smoking a PUC" referred to exhausting detainees with physical exercises (sometimes to the point of unconsciousness) or forcing detainees to hold painful positions. "Fucking a PUC" detainees referred to beating or torturing them severely. The soldiers said that Military Intelligence personnel regularly instructed soldiers to "smoke" detainees before interrogations.

One sergeant told Human Rights Watch: "Everyone in camp knew if you wanted to work out your frustration you show up at the PUC tent. In a way it was sport… One day [a sergeant] shows up and tells a PUC to grab a pole. He told him to bend over and broke the guy’s leg with a mini Louisville Slugger, a metal bat."