Abu Ghraib in Brooklyn
Larry Cohler-Esses of the New York Daily News reveals that Abu Ghraib has been going on in the United States itself. Five Israeli suspects and dozens of Muslim ones apprehended after September 11 were subjected to humiliation, stripped, left in the cold, and generally treated with cruelty. None of the arrestees was ever convicted of any wrongdoing, save visa violations that caused them to be deported, save for one.
The Israeli detainees do not appear to have been treated any better than the Muslim ones:
‘ Oded Ellner – one of five Israeli Jewish terrorist suspects – said he sought medical help after MDC’s allegedly meager, often spoiled meals left him with severe dysentery symptoms. The doctor came with five guards and a camera, he said. She then ordered him to strip and shift his backside into a small space in the cell door so she could conduct a rectal exam from outside the cell. “I’m a human being, not an animal!” Ellner said he shouted. “I have a right to an exam.” The guards, he said, “just laughed,” and all walked away. ‘
The man who wrote the advice to President Bush on the permissibility of the use of torture after September 11, Albert Gonzales, is now in charge of the very penitentiary where his sort of thinking went wild.