Last updated on: 6/12/2008 10:33:00 AM PST
What happened at Abu Ghraib prison after the US military took over the facility in 2003?
General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
Martin Asser, Reporter for BBC News Online, described the first day US military police took control of Abu Ghraib prison in a May 25, 2004 article titled "Abu Ghraib: Dark Stain on Iraq's Past":
"By chance, while reporting for BBC News Online, I was at Abu Ghraib on 22 April 2003, the very day that US military police arrived to take over the facility after the fall of the regime...
troops knew neither the name nor the past function of the set of map
co-ordinates they had been given. I remember wondering whether they
weren't sending the wrong message to Iraqis by installing themselves in
the very heart of the darkness of Saddam's regime.
To underline the point, as the MPs fanned out through compound, we stumbled across the remains of probably the last victims of Saddam's Abu Ghraib nightmare..."
May 25, 2004 - Martin Asser
USA Today, in a May 9, 2004 article, described dates and major events at Abu Ghraib prison concerning the US military abuse scandal, which they source from "House, Senate testimony; Taguba's report, military and Bush administration officials; staff and wire reports":
May 9, 2004 - USA TODAY
Antonio M. Taguba, MA, US Army Major General, conducted a US military investigation of prisoner abuse at Baghdad Central Confinement Facility (BCCF), formerly Abu Ghraib prison, in January of 2004. His May 2004 report titled "Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade," reached the following conclusion:
"...between October and December 2003, at the Abu Ghraib Confinement Facility (BCCF), numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees. This systemic and illegal abuse of detainees was intentionally perpetrated by several members of the military police guard force (372nd Military Police Company, 320th Military Police Battalion, 800th MP Brigade), in Tier (section) 1-A of the Abu Ghraib Prison (BCCF). The allegations of abuse were substantiated by detailed witness statements (ANNEX 26) and the discovery of extremely graphic photographic evidence."
May 2004 - "Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade" (Taguba Report) (173 KB)
Antonio M. Taguba, MA
The Associated Press, in a Sep. 3, 2006 article posted at the Boston Globe online, described the official handover of Abu Ghraib prison from American military control to the Iraqi government on Sep. 2, 2006:
"Iraq's government has formally taken over Abu Ghraib, where inmate abuses by US soldiers caused a scandal, and all inmates have been transferred to another facility, officials said Saturday.
Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the facility, which has become synonymous with abuse, had been emptied of any detainees.
'The Abu Ghraib detention facility was handed over to the Iraqi government,' said Dabbagh, spokesman for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Lieutenant Colonel Keir Kevin Curry, US spokesman for detainee operations, also confirmed that coalition forces had transferred operations of Abu Ghraib to the Iraqi Justice Ministry on Friday."
Sep. 3, 2006 - Associated Press (AP)
Oliver Poole, columnist for the Daily Telegraph UK, in a Sep. 9, 2006 article described actions of the Iraqi government at Abu Ghraib prison on Sep. 6, 2006, days after taking control of the facility from the US military:
"...Iraq's new government announced that it had hanged 27 prisoners convicted of terror and criminal charges.
The death penalty was reinstituted in 2004, and yesterday's executions took place just days after control of Abu Ghraib was handed over to the Iraqi authorities...
News of the executions was made public by Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, when he attended a ceremony to mark the transfer of control of Iraq's military from the United States to the recently elected government..."
Sep. 9, 2006 - Oliver Poole