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WORLD
April 29, 2004 | From Times staff and wire reports
U.S. military police stacked naked Iraqi prisoners in a human pyramid, and attached wires to one detainee to convince him he might be electrocuted, according to photographs obtained by CBS News that led to criminal charges against six American soldiers. CBS said the photos, shown Wednesday night on "60 Minutes II," were taken late last year at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, where American soldiers have held hundreds of prisoners captured during the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
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OPINION
April 17, 2004
Your letters "Don't Forget Bataan" (April 10) were especially touching because Dr. Rocco L. Motto's letter gave notice that Dr. Dan Golenternek had recently died. Golenternek and John Lamy were the two doctors at the American prisoners-of-war slave labor camp working at the Mitsubishi copper mine in Hanawa, Japan. In August 1944, 1,035 American POWs -- survivors of Bataan and Corregidor -- were crowded into the forward hold of the "hell ship" Noto Maru in Manila and taken to Japan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2004 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, Times Staff Writer
There are no remnants of the prisoner of war camp in Garden Grove that once housed more than 1,100 German soldiers near the end of World War II. The 15 acres near the intersection of Garden Grove Boulevard and Palm Street are now home to a strip mall and tract homes. There's not even a plaque marking the spot.
WORLD
April 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Bush administration urged an appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's award of nearly $1 billion in Iraqi money to 17 Americans taken prisoner by Saddam Hussein's government during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Attorneys for the POWs, who were tortured and starved, said the award -- to be paid from Iraqi government assets frozen in this country -- in no way threatens the rebuilding of Iraq, taking issue with the central argument of the administration.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2004 | From Reuters
The Army general in charge of the prisoner operation at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been reassigned to oversee prisoner detention operations in Iraq, U.S. military officials said Wednesday. For the last 18 months, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller has commanded the joint task force at Guantanamo that holds 600 foreign terrorism suspects, most of them captured during the war in Afghanistan. He will become deputy commander for detainee operations for the U.S.
WORLD
February 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
Iraq will ask the United States to revoke former President Saddam Hussein's status as a prisoner of war and hand him to the Iraqis for trial, the nation's foreign minister said Sunday. Hoshyar Zebari said in Kuwait that a new Iraqi government would request that Hussein be "handed over to the Iraqi justice." Zebari was speaking at the end of a two-day meeting with counterparts from neighboring countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
As a chill wind swept in Tuesday from the ocean, retired Navy Cmdr. Lloyd "Pete" Bucher, who died last week at the age of 76, was accorded a measure of the respect that his shipmates long believed the Navy had wrongly denied him. After an emotional funeral attended by many of the men whose lives he had saved, Bucher was buried with military honors at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. The Navy that once seemed to shun him provided a 21-gun salute.
WORLD
February 1, 2004 | Hamida Ghafour, Special to The Times
For nearly all of his adult life, Abdul Nabi has been a prisoner. For the last two years, the 23-year-old farm laborer has been held in a crumbling Soviet-style prison in this northern Afghan city along with 900 other Taliban fighters. For most of the two years before that, he was held prisoner by the Taliban itself. Now he may finally get to go home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Three Marines brutalized Iraqi prisoners out of anger because they were suspected of participating in the deadly ambush of an Army convoy that included the capture of Pfc. Jessica Lynch, a military prosecutor told a court hearing Monday. The three -- Maj. Clark Paulus, Lance Cpl. Christian Hernandez and Sgt. Gary Pittman -- are accused of kicking and beating prisoners of war at the Whitehorse detention facility outside Nasiriyah in central Iraq.
WORLD
January 11, 2004 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
Iraqis' complex and contradictory relationship with the dictator who dominated them for decades got even more tangled Saturday, as the country digested reports that the Pentagon has determined that Saddam Hussein is a prisoner of war. Cab driver Jassam Said expressed hope that the decision by U.S. Defense Department attorneys that Hussein is protected under the Geneva Convention means he may be tried in the United States rather than Iraq.
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