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Tomorrow Night (Wed. May 12th) CBS 60 Minutes II Broadcasts Iraq Prisoner Video

60 Minutes II exclusively obtained an American soldier's home video from Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq and Abu Ghraib in Baghdad, where American soldiers have been accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners.

The videotaped comments of the soldier, whose name is not being revealed to protect her identity, reflect her dislike for the prison camp and the prisoners under her control.

"I hate it here," she says. "I want to come home. I want to be a civilian again. We actually shot two prisoners today. One got shot in the chest for swinging a pole against our people on the feed team. One got shot in the arm. We don't know if the one we shot in the chest is dead yet."

Dan Rather's report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes II, Wednesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/11/60II/main616849.shtml
(Photo: CBS)
(Photo: CBS)
60 Minutes II exclusively obtained an American soldier's home video from Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq and Abu Ghraib in Baghdad.
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(CBS) Long before the pictures taken inside Abu Ghraib were broadcast on 60 Minutes II, there were warning signs that something had gone terribly wrong with the U.S.-run prison system in Iraq.

60 Minutes II exclusively obtained an American soldier's home video from Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq and Abu Ghraib in Baghdad, where American soldiers have been accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners.

The video shows a young soldier's disdain for the Iraqi prisoners. She says: "We've already had two prisoners die...but who cares? That's two less for me to worry about."

Two other soldiers who were at Camp Bucca and are accused of abusing prisoners there tell Correspondent Dan Rather that the problems began with the chain of command -- the same chain of command that was in charge of Abu Ghraib when the pictures of torture and abuse were taken.

Rather's report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes II, Wednesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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The home video obtained by 60 Minutes II shows what conditions were like at both Camp Bucca and Abu Ghraib.

The videotaped comments of the soldier, whose name is not being revealed to protect her identity, reflect her dislike for the prison camp and the prisoners under her control.

"I hate it here," she says. "I want to come home. I want to be a civilian again. We actually shot two prisoners today. One got shot in the chest for swinging a pole against our people on the feed team. One got shot in the arm. We don't know if the one we shot in the chest is dead yet."

Throughout the tape, the soldier records her anger at the thousands of Iraqi prisoners under U.S. control at Camp Bucca. "They usually have three a week that break out and, of course, every time that I'm working they never do it," she says.

"It's 'cause they are scared of me. I actually got in trouble the other day because I was throwing rocks at them."

In her video diary, she also catalogs the dangers in the camp. "This is a sand viper," the soldier says. "One bite will kill you in six hours. We've already had two prisoners die of it, but who cares? That's two less for me to worry about."

Another danger at Camp Bucca was the ratio of guards to prisoners, says Tim Canjar, one of the soldiers drummed out of the military for allegedly abusing Iraqi prisoners.

Although he denies the charges, Canjar says the situation at Camp Bucca was chaotic. "The Palm Sunday riot was probably the worst," Canjar tells Rather.

"...At one point, it was me and another soldier guarding. I was watching 535 prisoners on my side....The prisoners started hitting us...[fellow soldier Lisa Girman] called all the orders. Our other chain of command was nowhere in sight....We did not see them throughout the whole riot."

The chain of command did witness at least part of the Palm Sunday riot, says Lisa Girman, another soldier who was discharged for allegedly abusing prisoners at Camp Bucca.

She, too, denies those charges and also blames the chain of command for the chaos at Camp Bucca. "Well, they were there in the beginning of the riot," Girman tells Rather. "...I talked to them. I said, 'We're gonna lose this camp,' and they said, 'We gotta do something.'"

Girman says the chain of command ignored the problems at Camp Bucca. She says, "The ignorance of the chain of command not to listen to the person who was actually on the front line....They see and recognize what's going wrong and then they tell me and then I tell the chain of command and they just ignored me. They just said, 'OK, there's nothing we can do about that now.'"

Girman tells Rather that the MPs shot and killed a prisoner during another riot. "...We did what we had to do, but it should never have got to that point."

Girman and Canjar's families tried to bring attention to the problems at Camp Bucca last year. They called Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's office repeatedly and talked to his staff, but got no response. Their letters to the White House and two senators were also unanswered.

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Big $$$$ in Ad revenue 12.May.2004 02:54

Stan the Man

Wonder how much $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ they make in ad revenue from showing this iraq abuse? The iraqi prisoners suffer, CBS profits.

"Stan The Man" 12.May.2004 03:32

thanks for bringing up Corporate Media

how much does Fox News make propagandizing the war?

NBCABCCNN?

all tallied up here:

 http://www.iraqbodycount.net


Thank You 60 Minutes II ! 12.May.2004 09:25

Lawrence J. Maushard

I don't give a fuck how much they make on this one.

Face it, if it wasn't for 60 Minutes II all this systemic prison torture would never have resonated so strongly with the nation and the world. And finally turned the majority of Amerikans against Shrub and his war crimes.

The Amerikan public still doesn't register anything UNLESS it's on TV or in the movies. All the newspapers, magazines, and Web sites in the world mean practically nothing next to the small & large screens. That's the way it is, like it or not.

They made money? Sure. But this time it's worth it.

And that's way Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911, to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this week in France, I predict will be a HUGE problem for Bush when it shows in the US.

Remember: If it ain't on TV or in the movies, it doesn't register. Ignore the tube and the silver screen at your peril. That's why this iraq prison video showing tonight will be another BIG event.

I say it again,

Thank You 60 Minutes II !

OK, now it's time (as if we haven't been saying this all along) 12.May.2004 17:08

US out of Iraq & Bush and his criminals must go

Yeah, we are all really interested in watching this video, and seeing the pictures. But,why aren't people angily calling for the prosecution of Bush and his cronies? Why are we not in the streets saying "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"?
This is so sickening. But,I really don't get it. If it's not going support regime change in the USA, what the hell good is it to see these pictures and videos?