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    In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful CAIR ACTION ALERT #424 URGE CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE IRAQ TORTURE Call for international inspections of
    Message 1 of 1 , May 4, 2004
      In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

      CAIR ACTION ALERT #424

      URGE CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE IRAQ TORTURE
      Call for international inspections of American prison worldwide

      (WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/04) - CAIR today called for a congressional
      investigation into torture of prisoners by American military
      personnel in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and urged international
      inspections of all American detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan
      and Guantanamo Bay.

      Reprimands given to a handful of soldiers involved in the abuse of
      Iraqi prisoners were also criticized as a "slap on the wrist" that
      shows military authorities are incapable of dealing with an issue
      that may have already caused irreparable harm to America's image in
      the Muslim world.

      "Instead of getting a slap on the wrist, everyone who took part in or
      permitted these horrific acts needs to serve time in prison," said
      CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This scandal must be
      investigated by Congress to determine the true extent of the abuse
      and to learn whether the abuses were in fact part of a widespread
      pattern of human rights violations in U.S. detention facilities
      worldwide."

      Awad said U.S. prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay must
      be opened to international inspectors and to Red Cross and Red
      Crescent officials. He added that there have been persistent reports
      of prison abuses that have largely been ignored by government
      officials. Following a briefing today with Pentagon officials, Sen.
      Edward Kennedy (D-MA) said he feared allegations made public so far
      are "the beginning rather than the end." "There were some incidents
      in Afghanistan," said Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed
      Services Committee.

      Last week, CBS broadcast images showing Iraqis prisoners being
      tormented by their U.S. captors. An internal military report
      determined that the prisoners were subjected to "sadistic, blatant
      and wanton criminal abuses." Since those initial allegations have
      been reported worldwide, more former prisoners have come forward to
      allege inhumane treatment by U.S. and British troops throughout Iraq.
      SEE: "TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB," http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?
      040510fa_fact

      IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm but POLITE.)

      1) Contact Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-
      VA) and Ranking Member Carl Levin (D-MI) and urge them to hold a
      congressional investigation into torture of prisoners by American
      military personnel in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and urged
      international inspections of all American detention facilities in
      Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

      CONTACT:
      Chairman John Warner (R-VA)
      Address: 228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
      Phone: (202) 224-3871
      Fax: (202) 228-0037

      Ranking Member Carl Levin (D-MI)
      228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
      Phone: (202) 224-3871
      Fax: (202) 228-0037

      2) Contact other members of the Senate and House Armed Services
      committees and ask them to investigate incidents of abuse of Iraqi
      prisoners by American military personnel. Visit Capwiz at
      http://www.capwiz.com/cair for additional contact info.

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