According to a document published by a number of mainstream media sources, the Pentagon is covering up a disturbing video as well as other documents which display serving American soldiers raping boys.
The story, which has been reported by various journalists including Seymour Hersh of the New York Times, first surfaced over ten years ago, however the Pentagon continue to suppress the story to this day.
According to Hersh, the video was recorded at the notorious ‘US torture dungeon’ in Iraq – Abu Ghraib.
Whilst giving a speech at ACLU in 2014, Hersh gave some insight into what could be found on the Pentagon tape:
“Debating about it, ummm … Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib … The women were passing messages out saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened’ and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It’s going to come out.”
“It’s impossible to say to yourself how did we get there? Who are we? Who are these people that sent us there? When I did My Lai I was very troubled like anybody in his right mind would be about what happened. I ended up in something I wrote saying in the end I said that the people who did the killing were as much victims as the people they killed because of the scars they had, I can tell you some of the personal stories by some of the people who were in these units witnessed this. I can also tell you written complaints were made to the highest officers and so we’re dealing with a enormous massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there and higher, and we have to get to it and we will. We will. You know there’s enough out there, they can’t (Applause). …. So it’s going to be an interesting election year.”
During another speech in 2014 in Chicago Hersh stated that:
“You haven’t begun to see evil… horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run.”
In 2004, the Guardian published an article detailing some of the horrific abuses that occurred at Abu Ghraib. In the article, the Guardian published a testimony of a detainee at Abu Ghraib who allegedly witnessed one of these brutal attacks.
“I saw [name blacked out] fucking a kid, his age would be about 15-18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard the screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn’t covered and I saw [blacked out], who was wearing the military uniform putting his dick in the little kid’s ass, I couldn’t see the face of the kid because his face wasn’t in front of the door. And the female soldier was taking pictures.”
Find the detainees published statement here.
Although the story dates back over a decade it is now more important than ever to keep the pressure on the Pentagon and force the release of this evidence. War crimes committed by American soldiers are not seen as war crimes, just as acts of torture committed by American soldiers are not acts of torture – instead they are named ‘enhanced torture techniques.’ This torture report needs to be seen all over the world.