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:In our previous newsletter we explained how Pilate gave way to the desires of the Pharisees and allowed Jesus to be crucified. We want here to explain further that would not have happened except for the reason that the leaders of the Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus.
Yeshua our Lord in that fateful night was arrested by officers of the Jews and accused of committing blasphemy:
That night the high priest and the Sanhedrin sentenced Jesus to death.
However, on more than one occasion, the Pharisees had tried to stone Jesus.
hated Jesus they had a different outlook on life - a worldly outlook.
The Pharisees were involved in the arrest of Christ:
After having been instrumental in the death of Christ, the chief priests went as far as lying about the resurrection of Jesus.
Disturbing news has emerged from Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. It seems that atrocities were committed by US troops against Iraqi civilians detained there.
We will not post any pictures on this website due to the graphic nature of the tortures committed on prisoners. The situation is so serious that several US Senators ( ) have called on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to resign.
On Friday, May 2004 Donald Rumsfeld was forced to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Senator McCain asked Donald Rumsfeld specifically what orders had been sent to military police. An internal Army report stated that prison guards were instructed to ''soften up'' Iraqi detainees so that these prisoners might be more "cooperative" when questioned.
The photos of sexual and physical abuse have
created a firestorm of controversy and drawn worldwide condemnation,
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense stated ''a lot more photographs
and videos that haven't yet been seen. If these are released to the
public, obviously it's going to make matters worse.''
''We were dealing here with a broad pattern, not individual acts. There was a pattern and a system,'' said Pierre Kraehenbuehl, director of operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
To give you an idea of the type of abuses taking place I submit this report from ITV News in London from May 8, 2004.
The US military has said it will investigate claims by a former inmate of Abu Ghraib prison that a girl as young as 12 was stripped and beaten by military personnel.
Suhaib al-Baz, a journalist for the al-Jazeera television network, claims to have been tortured at the prison, based west of Baghdad, while held there for 54 days.
Mr al-Baz was arrested when reporting clashes between insurgents and coalition forces in November.
He said: "They brought a 12-year-old girl into our cellblock late at night. Her brother was a prisoner in the other cells.
She was naked and screaming and calling out to him as they beat her. Her brother was helpless and could only hear her cries. This affected all of us because she was just a child."
The allegations cannot be verified independently but Mr al-Baz maintains psychological and physical violence were commonplace in the jail.
He also claims that a father and his 15-year-old son were tortured in front of his cell.
He said: "They made the son carry two jerry cans full of water. An American soldier had a stick and when he stopped, he would beat him.
He collapsed so they stripped him and poured cold water over him. They brought a man who was wearing a hood. They pulled it off. The son was shocked to see it was his father and collapsed.
When he recovered, he now saw his father dressed in women's underwear and the Americans laughing at him."
Mr al-Baz claims the guards at the prison were keen to take photographs of the abuse and turned it into a competition.
"They were enjoying taking photographs of the torture. There was a daily competition to see who could take the most gruesome picture.
The winner's photo would be stuck on a wall and also put on their laptop computers as a screensaver.
I had a good opinion of the Americans but since my time in prison, I've changed my mind. In Iraq we still have no freedom or democracy. They are so cruel to us."
The International Committee of the Red Cross stated that Iraqis detained by US forces were have been mistreated systematically with degrading treatment, sometimes bordering on torture, which might have been condoned by military authorities.
Red Cross visits to military prisons detention in Iraq between March and November 2003 had turned up numerous violations of international treaties on prisoners of war.
The Red Cross whose reports on prison visits are confidential, went public with some of its findings after parts of the 24-page report on violations were posted on the Wall Street Journal.
This scandal of Abu Ghraib prision finally broke worldwide when digital photographs showing the sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners were posted all over the internet.
What has been the US reply?
Donald Rumsfeld became angry at the distribution of said images: "We're functioning with peacetime constraints, with legal requirements, in a wartime situation in the Information Age, where people are running around with digital cameras and taking these unbelievable photographs and then passing them off, against the law, to the media, to our surprise."
"Certainly one of the issues that might be looked into is the use of digital cameras and whether or not any policy might be desirable," says US Central Command's Lt Cdr Balice.
"But if there's some kind of thought that we might introduce a policy because we fear that wrongdoing might be exposed, then that is incorrect. In any case, the photographing of detainees is prohibited."
The problem is not in preventing the spreading of images of abuse, the problem is in stopping the abuse. There might be a different technology in the future, and the problem will not be in the new technology, but in the moral conduct of the ones using it.
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