http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=519448 "US soldiers 'seen raping woman' in new jail photos. America was braced last night for new allegations of torture in Iraq after military officials said that photographs apparently showing US soldiers beating an Iraqi prisoner nearly to death and having sex with a female PoW were about to be released. The officials told the US television network NBC that other images showed soldiers "acting inappropriately with a dead body". A videotape, apparently made by US personnel, is said to show Iraqi guards raping young boys. Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, had given warning that the worst was yet to come when he gave evidence to the Senate armed services committee on Friday. He said he had looked at the full array of unedited photographs from the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad and found them "hard to believe". "There are other photos that depict incidents of physical violence towards prisoners, acts that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane," said Mr Rumsfeld, offering his "deepest apology" to anyone abused. As international anger continued to grow over the Americans' behaviour, one of the seven soldiers facing possible court martial for abusing detainees revealed that she did not read, or even see, a copy of the Geneva Convention until two months after she was charged. Specialist Sabrina Harman, 26, said she now understood that it was regularly breached at Abu Ghraib. "I read the entire thing, highlighting everything the prison is in violation of. There's a lot," she said." Well, these are pretty explosive accusations. If true, then I think that to ensure the military security of our troops, we may need to give serious consideration to imposing the death penalty for the worst of the abuse perpetrators (i.e. the rapists and kiddy-fiddlers). Anything less runs the risk that the population will revolt en masse - bounties are already being placed on coalition troops, with a higher reward for capture, especially of female coalition personnel. Obviously this is being done with the intention of inflicting grotesque tortures on the unfortunate soldiers who end up being captured, and presumably filming and publicising it to take revenge for the Iraqi prison abuse. IMO the only way to stop this is to enact swift summary justice via courts martial. Words of apology from Rumsfeld, or Bush waffling on Arab TV mean nothing now. Imagine if you were a moderate Iraqi - seeing this sort of stuff would make you go beserk. Unless we want to breed a million more fanatics and suicide bombers, we have to weed out the sickos responsible for this and quite frankly throw them away like the human trash that they are. Giving them 5 years in a military brig won't cut it, the Iraqis will see these as a soft touch and cover up. The worst of the abusers have effectively committed treason and deriliction of duty by placing our soldiers in mortal danger. Personally I would have no compunction about handing them over to a baying Iraqi mob, but in the interests of due procedure, a court martial to determine whether they should face a firing squad is probably the best solution.