Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Ill Making

Here's more first hand testimony from Saddam's trial, from a woman describing her imprisonment at Abu Ghraib:
[T]he woman said: "I could not even eat because of the torture". At Abu Ghraib, the woman said one of her relatives had given birth in her cell. "The baby was out. When some women tried to help her, the guards prevented them," she said. Later, the baby died, the witness told the court.
Can you imagine the state of a woman locked up in the same prison cell with another woman, who is physically prevented from helping that woman after she has just given birth? And forced to watch the baby die without being able to do anything about it.

Here are more details from today's testimony.

You'll notice by the way, that the defense attorney for Saddam and friends does try to paint "American torture" at Abu Ghraib as worse than what happened under Saddam's regime.

"I agree that things in Abu Ghraib were, until recently, bad, but did they use dogs on you? Did they take photographs?" asked one defense attorney, attempting to raise the issue of U.S. prisoner abuse at the prison.

"No," she replied.

Obscenely enough, I'm sure many people will accept this line.


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