‘Unjustifiable Homicide’ of Detainees
Posted on Jan 22, 2011
The ACLU has released thousands of documents detailing the deaths of 190 detainees in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Of those 190, 25 to 30 are believed to be categorized as “unjustified homicide.” —JCL
New documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show “unjustified homicide” of detainees and concerns about the condition of confinement in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, according to the ACLU.
Thousands of documents detailing the deaths of 190 U.S. detainees were released by the ACLU on Friday. The U.S. military gave the ACLU the documents earlier in the week as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the rights group.
Among the documents are autopsy reports and military investigations, including 25 to 30 cases the ACLU says it believes are “unjustified homicide.” Some of the homicides in the documents are widely known and have been reported in the media, such as the case of four Iraqi detainees executed by a group of U.S. soldiers and then pushed into a Baghdad canal in 2007.
The Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan was the site of several detainee deaths.