Pentagon ordered 'secret' torture in Iraq
Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:5PM
Whistleblower website Wikileaks has released documents suggesting that the Pentagon instructed US-led forces to "secretly" torture detainees in Iraq.
In the largest-ever revelation of secret US military documents, Wikileaks has released nearly 400,000 classified reports about the US-led war in Iraq.
The documents detail more than 1,700 cases of torture kept from the public by the US government.
The leaked documents, which cover the period between January 1, 2004, and January 1, 2010, were mostly written by low-ranking officers reporting on "significant actions" in the field.
The damning war documents accuse the United States Defense Department of instructing American troops to ignore reports recounting torture.
One such document reveals how detainees were blindfolded and hung upside down before being hit on their "foot soles" and tortured by "an electrical device."
The following is the original Wikileaks document.
A CF party, including a ___ went to the Ar ___ Police Department iot [in order to] investigate a statement that was done by an ___. He mentioned that detainees are tortured in prison by IZ [International Zone] Police Officers. Using a hygienic inspection as an excuse, ___ detainees were searched and questioned without IZP attendance. The conclusion taken after this is that drug or medicine users are being tortured specially during dark hours. Methods they are using are to blindfold the detainee and hang them upside down on their feet iot hit them on their foot soles. Also the use of an electrical device is confirmed. This subject ___ with senior IZP Officers iot stop this, also ___ inspections ___.