Whoa. This one fell through the cracks. It was reported on June 10th!
Apparently, 16 American security contractors working for Zapata Engineering in Iraq were mistakenly detained at Camp Fallujah for 72 hours.
From the AP:
[Detained contractor and ex-Marine, Matt] Raiche said guards intimidated the detainees with dogs, made them strip and told them to wear towels over their heads when they went to the restroom so insurgents in the facility would not recognize and harm them, Raiche said.
One of his colleagues was slammed to the ground by a guard, he said.
“His head bounced off the asphalt.” Raiche said. “He told me he heard one guard say to another, `If he moves, let the dog loose.’”
Raiche said his colleague told him that a guard then reached down and “squeezed his testicles so hard he could barely move.”
Umm…I don’t really know what to say. If this is true, then why haven’t we heard anything about it? True, we don’t know the details from the other side, but that’s because they’re not saying anything.
The military has denied the contractors were abused. No charges have been filed against any of the contractors, who the military said were separated from suspected insurgents.
Again, why haven’t I heard about this until now? I urge you to read the whole story.
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