UPDATE: Military Prison Abuse

Issues of abuse in U.S. military prisons continue to unfold.

Newly released government documents indicate that abuse of American-held detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba has been much more widespread than previously acknowledged; that investigations have been cut short; and that mostly noncriminal punishments have been meted out against perpetrators.

The ACLU is a chief instigator of the release of the documents. About 9,000 pages have been obtained so far.

According to the Washington Post, that number could ultimately reach the “hundreds of thousands.”

Earlier stories on military prisons
Newsdesk.org, December 7, 2004

“Ex-military lawyers object to Bush cabinet nominee”
New York Times, December 16, 2004

“Documents: Detainee abuse widespread”
Washington Post, December 22, 2004

“Abuse inquiries were cut short”
Los Angeles Times, December 22, 2004

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