2005-07-25 Guardsman: CIA beat Iraqis with hammer handles

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<hide> <let name=data index=Date>2005-07-25</let> <let name=data index=Source>Denver Post</let> <let name=data index=Topics>\War on Terror\Central Intelligence Agency\US occupation of Iraq\American dishonor\Iraqi prisoners of war</let> <let name=data index=URL>http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2892191</let> <let name=data index=Title>Guardsman: CIA beat Iraqis with hammer handles</let> <let name=data index=TextShort>“CIA officials used a sledgehammer handle to beat various prisoners in Iraq, and one official, whose name is classified, would often brag about his abuse of prisoners, according to testimony in a closed session of a military hearing.”</let> <let name=data index=Text>

CIA officials used a sledgehammer handle to beat various prisoners in Iraq, and one official, whose name is classified, would often brag about his abuse of prisoners, according to testimony in a closed session of a military hearing.

In the March hearing, Sgt. 1st Class Gerold Pratt of the Utah National Guard said he saw classified personnel use a 15-inch wooden sledgehammer handle to hit prisoners.

"They'd ask you a question, and if they didn't like it, they'd hit you," he said.

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