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Senators view more disturbing photos

WASHINGTON, MAY 12. Members of the U.S. Congress viewed fresh photos and videos of Iraqi prisoner abuse on Wednesday, and said they included disturbing images of torture and humiliation.

``The whole thing is disgusting and it is hard to believe that this actually is taking place in a military facility,'' said Senator Dianne Feinstein.

``I expected that these pictures would be very hard on the stomach lining and it was significantly worse than anything that I had anticipated,'' said Ron Wyden. ``Take the worse case and multiply it several times over,'' he said.

Several Senators, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the photos of sexual intercourse were among the images that the Defense Department officials screened for lawmakers in a top-secret room in the Capitol building. At least some of them appeared to depict consensual sex involving U.S. military personnel, they said.

Others showed military dogs snarling at cowering prisoners, as well as shots of Iraqi women commanded to expose their breasts.

The private screening marked the latest turn in a scandal that has rocked the Bush administration and apparently led to the beheading of an American in Iraq by Islamic militants who said they were avenging the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison.

``I don't know how the hell these people got into our army,'' said Ben Nighthorse Campbell after viewing the images.

``There were several pictures of Iraqi women who were disrobed or putting their shirts up,'' he said. ``They were not smiling in the pictures, that is for sure. But it didn't look like they had been beaten or hurt.''

He also said there were several pictures with dogs. ``Iraqis were against the wall and you could see that the dogs were pretty much terrorising them because the dogs were snarling and crouching like they were about to attack,'' he said.

AP

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