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White House Pledges Probe Of Abuse Allegations

22 December 2004 -- The U.S. White House has pledged a full investigation of fresh revelations about American military personnel allegedly abusing prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said President George W. Bush expects the allegations to be taken seriously and corrective measures taken to prevent any recurrence of abuse.

"The president expects that any allegations of abuse are taken seriously and fully investigated and that corrective measures are taken to make sure that abuse does not occur again," McClellan said.

McClellan was responding to newly released documents, obtained through U.S. courts by the American Civil Liberties Union rights group, describing alleged mistreatment of prisoners by U.S. soldiers.

The documents, which include communications between FBI agents and U.S. Army records, describe detainees in Iraq being beaten and having lit cigarettes placed in their ears, one detainee being fatally shot, and at least one prisoner who died in U.S. custody from multiple wounds.

Documents relating to Guantanamo Bay suggest abuse including detainees being shackled to the floor in fetal positions for more than 24 hours at a time.