Guardsman: CIA beat Iraqis with hammer handles

Denver Post | July 28 2005

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.

The transcript, obtained this week by The Denver Post under a court order, was of a March hearing to determine whether three Fort Carson Army soldiers should stand trial for the death of Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush during an interrogation in 2003.

Chief Warrant Officer Jefferson Williams and Spec. Jerry Loper face murder charges in the case.

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Williams’ attorney, William Cassara, disputed the incident with the box and previously questioned Pratt’s credibility. But Cassara said he was sure other officials were involved in prisoner abuse.

“I have no doubts that other government agencies used methods of interrogation that were much worse than what Chief Welshofer used,” Cassara said.

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