In opening arguments here at the court martial for the accused soldier, Specialist Charles A. Graner, his lawyer insisted he was simply following orders, and using lessons he had learned in his civilian life as a prison guard to try to maintain discipline in a chaotic war zone. Using naked and hooded detainees to make a human pyramid was much like what cheerleaders "all over America" do at football games, the lawyer, Guy Womack, argued.
When US demonstrators hit the streets to rally against a military conflict in Iraq, they often grumble that too few Americans take notice. So one group opted for an eye-catching alternative. Just after dawn on Friday, roughly 30 women scurried into the heart of Central Park, splitting up into groups to avoid arousing police suspicion.
Lynndie England, the young woman soldier at the heart of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandalappeared before a military court in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, yesterday, grim-faced and visibly pregnant beneath her camouflage fatigues. The committal hearing was a first chance for the year-old army reservist's lawyers to make their case that she was following orders when she was photographed mocking naked detainees in the prison outside Baghdad. The defence was ready to claim that the photos were staged by intelligence agents to intimidate other prisoners and that Pte England was ordered to pose in them.
An Iraqi man still suffers from his ordeal at the infamous prison, as does his family. Baghdad, Iraq - Taleb al-Maleji sits on the carpet and concentrates on smoking a cigarette and not biting himself. The sleeves of his checkered shirt end just above his thin wrists - shiny black and purple in spots where the skin has repeatedly been bitten off and healed over.
Corey Flintoff. Farah al-Jaberi holds her protest sign outside the Green Zone checkpoint that leads to Iraq's parliament. Her sign says, "From the American to the [female] Parliament employee — either no clothes, or the American prisons.
Five American soldiers have been charged in a horrendous rape and murder case in Iraq and a sixth for not reporting it. In the United States, rape is now a public crime. In Iraq, rape remains a crime largely kept out of the sight of a society that finds it almost too heinous to imagine which doesn't necessarily make it uncommon.
US: A second wave of horrific photographs showing extreme abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers is expected to burst forth in the US media this week, fuelling further outrage and raising more questions about who gave the orders. The pictures are reported to include US soldiers almost beating a prisoner to death, the rape of boys by Iraqi guards, American guards having sex with each other and with an Iraqi woman, and a soldier acting inappropriately with a dead body. After reviewing hundreds of unpublished pictures and videos over the weekend, the Pentagon has agreed to provide them to the Senate Armed Services committee for viewing, possibly today.
Azzawi is part of a secret sisterhood: her mother is one of three women inside Abu Ghraib, the notorious prison where US soldiers took smiling snapshots of themselves sadistically humiliating Iraqis. That's why some anonymous ill-wisher slipped a newspaper with the rape photos on the front page under her front door. The pictures in the paper are fakes, bad copies lifted from a porn website and now ricocheting around the Internet.
The note claimed that US guards had been raping women detainees, who were, and are, in a small minority at Abu Ghraib. Several of the women were now pregnant, it added. The women had been forced to strip naked in front of men, it said.
Lynndie Rana England born November 8,  is a former United States Army Reserve soldier who served in the nd Military Police Company and became known for her involvement in the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal. She was one of eleven military personnel convicted in by Army courts-martial for mistreating detainees and other crimes in connection with the torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad during the occupation of Iraq. England was incarcerated from September 27, to March 1, when she was released on parole.