What Different Type of Torture Techniques US Used in Iraq?
Since its occupation of Iraq, United States has suffered international backlash due to the torture techniques that were used to elicit information from Iraqis. While the entry and overthrow or Saddam Hussein regime was a walk in the park, U.S forces faced an uphill task of containing the rebellion by militants. After the toppling of Saddam regime, U.S forces had to battle with militants and they used all techniques, including torture to obtain information they required. Available evidence shows that US forces were taught torture techniques. According to information given by different prisoners who were held by U.S in Iraq, they were routinely humiliated by US troops. Prisoners reported that they wore hoods made from sacks that were used for sandbags. Reports also show that guard units were given orders to keep the suspected combatants awake. According to Guardian (2004) “The Guardian has learned of ordinary soldiers who were instructed to use sleep deprivation on prisoners, and taught to perform mock executions.” The Guardian also reported that a normal procedure that was used by United States forces to soften prisoners was to stuffs them in a trunk and then drove them around. This was thought as one of the most effective technique considering the hitting 120 degrees and stuffing a prisoner in trunk. Evidence from Guardian shows that these were orders that were to be obeyed and those who resisted the use of these techniques risked the end of their military career. Although these techniques were used to obtain information necessary for the US forces to battle with militant, they have affected the international reputation of United Sates as protector of human rights.