By Manila Ryce
Published Monday, July 2nd, 2007, 3:47 pm
Former US army interrogator Tony Lagouranis reveals that torture tactics used by the US armed forces extended far beyond Abu Ghraib. These sanctioned tactics seem to have been standard procedure, and not just isolated incidents as the White House claims. Lagouranis joins Riz Khan to reveal the secrets discussed in his book, Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator’s Dark Journey through Iraq. Furthermore, we have fairly good testimony to assume that torture is continuing to this day in Guantanamo and secret CIA prisons throughout the world due to an insistence by the White House that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to these detainees.
[Al Jazeera video no longer available]
Updated: Aug. 4, 2014
Former U.S. Army Interrogator Describes the Harsh Techniques He Used in Iraq, Detainee Abuse by Marines and Navy Seals and Why “Torture is the Worst Possible Thing We Could Do”
November 15, 2005
With deep remorse, former U.S. Army interrogator Specialist Tony Lagouranis talks about his own involvement with abusing detainees in Iraq and torture carried out by the Navy Seals. He apologizes to the Iraqi people and urges U.S. soldiers to follow their conscience. Lagouranis returned from Iraq in January and until now had given no live interviews. But Lagouranis says he now feels it his duty to speak out about what he witnessed in Iraq:
- His use of harsh interrogation techniques on prisoners in Iraq including dogs, sleep deprivation, prolonged isolation and dietary manipulation.
- How Navy SEALS induced hypothermia by using ice water to lower the body temperature of prisoners.
- Serving in Fallujah and going through the clothes and pockets of some 500 dead bodies to try and identify them.
- The corpses on men, women and children in Fallujah, which had been lying in the streets for days and had been “eaten by dogs and birds and maggots,” were then stacked up in a warehouse where U.S. soldiers ate and slept.
watch via http://www.democracynow.org/2005/11/15/former_u_s_army_interrogator_describes (plus transcript)