The video begins with three soldiers huddled around a naked detainee, his
thin frame backed against a wall. With a snap of his wrist, one of the
soldiers slaps the man across his left cheek so hard that the prisoner’s
knees buckle. Another detainee, handcuffed and on his back, is dragged
across the prison floor.
Then, the human pyramid begins to take shape. Soldiers force hooded and
naked prisoners into crouches on the floor, one by one, side by side, a
soldier pointing to where the next ones should go. The grainy video stops.
But there is more.…
In one video clip, five hooded and naked detainees stand against the wall in
the darkness, each masturbating, with two other hooded detainees crouched at
their feet. Another shows a prisoner handcuffed to the outside of a cell
door. He repeatedly slams his head into the green metal, leaving streaks of
blood before he ultimately collapses at the feet of a cameraman.
In one photo, a soldier is seen cocking his fist as he holds a hooded
detainee in a headlock amid a pile of several detainees. Later, he is seen
kneeling atop the same pile, flexing his muscles, a broad smile on his face,
Another soldier is seen in a photo brandishing a black baton as a naked
prisoner — cuffed at the ankles and smeared with a brown substance — stands
at the center of the prison hallway and holds his arms spread to either side.
Detainees recoil from unmuzzled dogs in at least four photos.
In one, a prisoner in an orange jumpsuit sits up against a wall, his hands
behind his back. His fear is unmistakable as a black dog snarls at him, the
animal’s long, sharp teeth bared inches from his face. The dog is leashed by
U.S. soldier in a
flak jacket and wool hat, the soldier using both hands to keep the dog
In another photo, the same handler has the black dog, which this time looks
ready to pounce as a naked detainee shrinks away in the middle of a prison
hallway, his hands defensively up in front of him. Another soldier, his hands
in his pockets, watches.…
Hooded and cloaked men are handcuffed to hallway rails. A prisoner in
flexible handcuffs is made to use a banana to simulate anal sex. Two naked
male detainees are handcuffed to each other. A naked detainee hangs upside
down from a top bunk. Another naked detainee grimaces, his face pressed
against the ground, a soldier bending his arm behind his back. Blood covers
the detainee’s left knee, and another soldier grabs his right leg.
In one photo, a detainee is stripped to his underwear, in a hood. He is
standing, crouched, on top of two boxes of
meals, his arms cuffed around his left knee, his right ankle chained to a
Another detainee appears to be the victim of a cruel joke: A photo shows the
man’s deformed left hand emerging from an orange jumpsuit, the words “The
Claw” written in English on his left breast pocket. A crude drawing of the
man’s hand appears on the back of his jumpsuit in another photo, with “The
Claw” scrawled across his shoulder blades in black ink.