Supermax Prisons Proposed for Iraq to Replace Abu Ghraib


Justice Department Rebilt Iraq Prison to be Model of U.S. Criminal System

by Harry Kelber (November Coalition, May 24, 2004)

While the nation is still in shock over the videos and photos of gruesome sexual and humiliating abuses of Iraqi detainees by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, it is well to recall the words of Attorney General John Ashcroft when he sent a team of prison experts to restore Iraq's criminal justice system last year.  Ashcroft said: "Now all Iraqis can taste liberty in their native land, and we will help make that freedom permanent by assisting them to establish an equitable criminal justice system based on the rule of law and the standards of basic human rights."

Iraq "Supermax" Prison Won't Wipe Away Stain of Abu Ghraib

(Alter Net - May 30, 2004)

In his five-point plan for Iraq reconstruction, President Bush touted his plan to build a modern maximum-security prison in Iraq as one way to wipe away the horrid stain of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Ironically, the Supermax prisons proposed by Bush may present even more of a problem than the prison they would replace.  At least in Iraq the rationale for abusing Iraqi prisoners is that a state of war exists and the prisoners are the enemy.  President Bush contends that demolishing Abu Ghraib and replacing it with a modern, maximum--security prison would be a symbol of Iraq's new beginning. 

From Supermax to Abu Ghraib

(by Lisa Caldwell)

J
ust a year ago, Attorney General John Ashcroft pointed to the Iraqi prison system as a shining example of the freedoms that the U.S. would bring to Iraq.  He said, "Now, all Iraqis can taste liberty in their native land, and we will help make that freedom permanent by assisting them to establish an equitable criminal justice system, based on the rule of law and standards of basic human rights

 

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