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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 May, 2004, 10:02 GMT 11:02 UK
Iraq prison 'hatred' video aired
Iraqi POWs at Camp Bucca
In the video the jail is described as a "horrible place"
US network CBS has aired a video diary of a US guard at a prison in southern Iraq, talking openly about her hatred towards Iraqi inmates.

The unidentified military police officer at Camp Bucca told CBS's 60 Seconds II she sneaked her camera into the jail to tape the conditions there.

"We've already had two prisoners die... but who cares? That's two less for me to worry about," the 20-year-old said.

The video does not show abuse, but the MP says the jail "is a horrible place".

Inmates 'scared of me'

The soldier - who has not been accused of any wrongdoing - says her tape reflects the negative attitude towards Iraqis that many US soldiers have already reported.

These people (prisoners) get fed better than we do. Every day, they eat white rice, chicken. Every day we eat MREs [Meals Ready to Eat]
Guard on video
"If we shoot any more of the Iraqis, or attack any of them, they're gonna supposedly come in and attack the camp," the voice behind the camera says.

"But we'll believe that when it actually happens, because we've already killed another Iraqi just last night when I was working."

Throughout the tape, the soldier describes her annoyance and dislike of some 7,000 Iraqi prisoners she was guarding together with a small group of other MPs.

"These people get fed better than we do. Every day, they eat white rice, chicken. Every day we eat MREs [Meals Ready to Eat], " she complains.

She says prisoners in her compound never try to "break out" when she is on duty, because "they're scared of me".

"I actually got in trouble the other day because I was throwing rocks at them." She adds that she did it after inmates had been throwing stones at her.

The guard also catalogues other dangers in the jail: "This is a sand viper. One bite will kill you in six hours."

She describes her job at Camp Bucca as a tough one, complaining about living in overcrowded tents behind the barbed wire and in harsh weather conditions.




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