Urge Congress to investigate Iraq torture

Urge Congress to investigate Iraq torture

CAIR today called for a congressional investigation into torture of prisoners by American military personnel in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and urged international inspections of all American detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Reprimands given to a handful of soldiers involved in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners were also criticized as a "slap on the wrist" that shows military authorities are incapable of dealing with an issue that may have already caused irreparable harm to America's image in the Muslim world.

"Instead of getting a slap on the wrist, everyone who took part in or permitted these horrific acts needs to serve time in prison," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This scandal must be investigated by Congress to determine the true extent of the abuse and to learn whether the abuses were in fact part of a widespread pattern of human rights violations in U.S. detention facilities worldwide."

Awad said U.S. prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay must be opened to international inspectors and to Red Cross and Red Crescent officials. He added that there have been persistent reports of prison abuses that have largely been ignored by government officials. Following a briefing today with Pentagon officials, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) said he feared allegations made public so far are "the beginning rather than the end." "There were some incidents in Afghanistan," said Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Last week, CBS broadcast images showing Iraqis prisoners being tormented by their U.S. captors. An internal military report determined that the prisoners were subjected to "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses." Since those initial allegations have been reported worldwide, more former prisoners have come forward to allege inhumane treatment by U.S. and British troops throughout Iraq. SEE: "TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB," http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040510fa_fact

Immediate Acttion Requested: (As always, be firm but POLITE.)

1) Contact Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) and Ranking Member Carl Levin (D-MI) and urge them to hold a congressional investigation into torture of prisoners by American military personnel in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and urged international inspections of all American detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Contact:
Chairman John Warner (R-VA)
Address: 228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3871
Fax: (202) 228-0037

Ranking Member Carl Levin (D-MI)
228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3871
Fax: (202) 228-0037

2) Contact other members of the Senate and House Armed Services committees and ask them to investigate incidents of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American military personnel. Visit Capwiz at http://www.capwiz.com/cair for additional contact info.


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