Thursday, December 08, 2005

It's Torture I tell Ya'!

One of Saddam's seven co-defendants lashed out at conditions of his own detention, saying guards offered only "the worst brands" of cigarettes.[snip]

During Wednesday's session, Ibrahim, head of Iraqi intelligence during the Dujail incident, told the court that he had spent more than eight months in solitary confinement in a windowless facility without air conditioning, electricity or running water.

"I couldn't tell if it was day or night," he said.

"We are prisoners of the wealthiest and most powerful nation, yet, since four months ago, they are giving me six cigarettes a day from the worst brands."

Ibrahim said guards would force him and other prisoners to exercise before dawn or during the hottest time of the day. At the slightest breach of prison rules, punishment included the withholding of cigarettes, tea or by reducing food rations, he added.

"When I was detained I was wearing pajamas that I kept wearing for nine months until my brother came and gave me a dishdasha" — a traditional robe — he said.

"For one year I did not drink tea or coffee. We had little food," he recalled.

Ibrahim said he lost nearly 40 pounds in two months. He said things are better now and they have air conditioning and cold water.

"Is this America the protector of human rights?" he said

Please, stop it.

My eyes are tearing up.

My sides are starting to hurt.

My family wants to know what's so funny.

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