GI: Boy Mistreated To Get Dad to Talk



A military intelligence analyst who recently completed duty
at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq said Wednesday that the 16-year-old son of a
detainee there was abused by U.S. soldiers to break his father's resistance
to interrogators.

The analyst said the teenager was stripped naked, thrown in the back of an
open truck, driven around in the cold night air, splattered with mud and
then presented to his father at Abu Ghraib, the prison at the center of the
scandal over abuse of Iraqi detainees.

Upon seeing his frail and frightened son, the prisoner broke down and cried
and told interrogators he would tell them whatever they wanted, the analyst
said.

The new account of mistreatment came as Army Spec. Jeremy Sivits was
sentenced in Iraq to a year in prison Wednesday and a bad-conduct discharge
after pleading guilty in the first court-martial stemming from the abuses
at Abu Ghraib.

In Washington, top commanders for U.S. forces in Iraq told senators they
never approved abusive techniques for interrogating prisoners. But they
also promised that investigators would scrutinize everyone in the chain of
command, including the generals themselves.

Sgt. Samuel Provance, who maintained the 302nd Military Intelligence
Battalion's top-secret computer system at Abu Ghraib prison, gave the
account of abuse of the teenager in a telephone interview from Germany,
where he is now stationed. He said he also has described the incident to
Army investigators.

Provance's account of mistreatment of a prisoner's son is consistent with
concerns raised by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which had
received reports that interrogators were threatening reprisals against
detainees' family members.

Provance already has been deemed a credible witness by Maj. Gen. Antonio
Taguba, who included the Army sergeant in a list of witnesses whose
statements he relied on to make his findings of prisoner mistreatment at
Abu Ghraib..

 


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