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Thursday January 01 1970

Former Abu Ghraib Interogator Reads Play at Abbey Theatre

category dublin | arts and media | event notice author Monday December 08, 2008 01:59author by Ciaron - Ploughshares/ DCW Report this post to the editors

Joshua Casteel Iraq Veteran Against the War www.ivaw.org will be doing a reading
of his play "Returns" at the Abbey Theatre on Dec 17th. 2 pm
Tickets 4 euro
Abbey Box Office is open Monday - Saturday 10.30 am - 7pm
Booking: 01 87 87 222 (No booking fee)

The play is based on his experiences as an interrogator at Abhu Ghraib.

Joshua came to Ireland in July 06 for the visit of Jeb Bush which coincided with the 3rd. trial of the Pitstop Ploughshares www.peaceontrial.com

After leaving the U.S. military in protest at the war on Iraq Joshua hooked up wit the Catholic Worker movement and Iraq Veterans Against the War on his return to the U.S. He has been arrested a number of times in nonviolent resistance to the ongoing U.S. war on Iraq On his 2006 speaking tour he gave a speech in Derry that helped to inspire the Raytheon 9 action later that week. He returned to Ireland with two other Iraq War veterans to lead a large demonstration at Shannon around Halloween 06.

author by redjadepublication date Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

A conscientious objector’s journey
From Iowa to Abu Ghraib and back

Growing up in a military and evangelical Christian family in Cedar Rapids, little did Joshua Casteel know that two powerful forces would be battling for his soul in a notorious Iraqi prison known as Abu Ghraib.

In the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in 2004, Casteel, 24, who served with the Army's 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion as an Arabic translator and U.S. Army interrogator inside the prison, faced an internal struggle between his sense of duty as a soldier and his moral and religious obligations.


Iowa Independent: Given your religious upbringing, did you have any reservations about going over to Iraq, especially knowing what had happened at the Abu Ghraib prison?

Casteel: Yes. While I was attending the language institute, where most of the instructors were Iraqi Catholics, I watched the morning news with one of my instructors, whose family lives there, and watched Baghdad get pulverized. That personal connection really shook me up. I would go back and forth between 'I'm in this. Let's go the whole nine yards' to 'What the hell is going on? I don't believe in violence, and I should file for CO status.'

So before deployment I decided I wanted to be a noncombatant and help soldiers, so I applied and was accepted to seminary. Unfortunately I got accepted two weeks before deployment, so I would have to wait until I returned. I left all of my pacifist literature at home and went to Iraq, thinking to myself that I should know what it is like to be a soldier before I administer to them.

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joshua casteel
joshua casteel

author by redjadepublication date Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Abu Ghraib Missive
In June 2004, the Cedar Rapids native was sent as an interrogator to Abu Ghraib as part of the team intended to "clean up" the operation and the scandal that had engulfed it. Casteel's unit split day and night shifts doing interrogations, but with few soldiers trained in Arabic, they also had to act as their own prisoner screeners.

"There was supposed to be a screening process before we even got to the interrogation process, but we were the only ones who spoke the language," Casteel said. "The majority of people we talked to were cab drivers and farmers. I did around 130 interrogations, and I can count on one hand the number of people who would be considered 'bad guys.' "


When a prisoner reached Abu Ghraib, Casteel was required to "exploit the greatest amount of information in the least amount of time." Even after the torture scandal at the prison had become common knowledge, his superiors never discouraged its use.

"You have to reduce a person to exploitation and reduce yourself to the exploiter," Casteel said. "You use torture. You induce hypothermia by stripping a man naked during winter, pour buckets of water on him while he's in front of an air conditioner, and then take his temperature rectally to make sure he isn't actually too cold. These are common tactics."


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author by redjadepublication date Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

''After eight months in Abu Ghraib and a series of interrogations with a 22-year-old jihadist prisoner, Casteel had had enough.

"We began to discuss war and violence," Casteel said. "I asked him why he came to kill, and he asked me why I did? At that point, I knew I could go no further, unless I wanted to get into a debate about which one of us had the more just cause."

Casteel filed for conscientious objector status in February 2005 and received an honorable discharge three months later.''

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blogishness here: http://LMV.hu/redjade


author by Michael Gallagher - Photojournalistpublication date Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This is where we get taken back to the North of our country again and many others.
How many Irish, Vietnamese, Tibetans, Palestinians etc etc etc men, woman and children are walking around with physical and untold psychological damage?

I look forward to the day when Bush and his ilk are in the dock for war crimes against humanity, and the rest of the so called 'peace' fucking makers!!! Justice on earth is looming...

Jade...will you send me your email address, I need to contact you about something. Great work.





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