Pictures of a dead Iraqi prisoner from Abu Ghraib, packed in ice and bound
with duct tape have become infamous. Today, other photos
came to light showing an additional victim of US Army interrogations at Abu
man has been tentatively identified. His name is Manadel
al-Jamadi. Mr. Jamadi is the second
dead prisoner to appear in photographs taken at Abu Ghraib prison. An autopsy
has determined that Mr. al-Jamadi was beaten to death.
US officials have declined to confirm his name.
Manadel al-Jamadi was captured
in November by US Navy SEALs, an elite commando force. Pentagon sources and
the CIA have said
that Mr. al-Jamadi was already in poor health when he was turned over to prison
authorities on Nov. 4, but the Navy has denied
this, claiming that Mr. al-Jamadi was received at the prison in good health.
His autopsy revealed that he had been beaten to death.
Seymour M. Hersh reported
in The New Yorker that in November, a prisoner was beaten to death while undergoing
interrogation. His body was packed in ice overnight. The next day Army medics
placed an IV on one arm, and the body was walked out of the interrogation area
on a stretcher.
The man on the stretcher was a "ghost
prisoner"; he had no prisoner number. So-called ghost
prisoners are not entered into the prison’s inmate tracking system -- they
are non-persons whose disappearance or burial is not to be recorded.
(also at antiwar.com)
released by Mr. Hersh on May 9, shows a naked Iraqi prisoner paralyzed with
fear about to be attacked by military dogs. Mr. Hersh has written that other
photos in his possession indicate that this unnamed man was subsequently attacked
by the dogs.
Nothing else in known of this unnamed man’s fate. Cogs in a wheel of torture
... perhaps we will some day learn of his name too.