Maar wat als die zelfde gevangenen sterven? Juist, dan moeten ze “uitgeschreven” worden. Hoe dat dan?
In de Abu Ghraib gevangenissen werden foto’s genomen van naakte en vernederde Iraakse gevangenen door hun Amerikaanse bewakers. Remember. De man die dit aan het licht bracht is Sgt. Joseph Darby. Uit zijn verhaal pluk ik dit.
As long as the mortars landed on a building, it wasn’t a big deal — they weren’t powerful enough to pierce the roof. But if one landed in the yard or in the tent camp, it could do a lot of damage. Like, one night they got lucky and split our fuel tanker in half. Dropped a mortar right through it. It caused a fire you could see for miles, probably 4,000 gallons of burning fuel. Another time, they dropped one in the middle of a prisoner prayer group. That was pretty bad. These guys had just been sitting in rows, facing Mecca and praying, when the mortar came in. We had fifteen to sixteen dead and a bunch more wounded. We had to dig through the bodies, put them in body bags, and take them to the processing area to check them out of the prison. Whenever a prisoner was brought in, we would ID them with a retina scan and fingerprints, so when they died, we had to process them out the same way. Which meant that, for the rest of the day, we were digging through body bags looking for eyeballs. Sometimes there wasn’t an eyeball we could use, so we’d look for a finger. You just had to tune it out. You couldn’t let it get to you. You got numb.