A group formed to investigate complaints by U.S. soldiers of violations of their constitutional rights?
GV News conference (3 shots)
LV Former prisoner talking to press
CU Private Jose Acevedo speaking
CU Donald Duncan of G.I. office speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: ACEVEDO: "The day starts at 4.30 in the morning, the only time you have for break is for chow, but you go for lunch and the time you have for lunch could be up to half an hour after lunch you come back you have a cigarette break, smoke break, and after that you keep on working. It depends, you may work up to ten o'clock at night, eleven o'clock at night. The temperatures range up to 103 degrees in the daytime".
SEQ 4: DUNCAN: "The water that these men had to drink was put in a tank trailer out in the sun. They were forbidden not only to seek shade, but were forbidden to even have a drink of cold water. This is the only place they were allowed to drink from. The water was changed so infrequently and was so tepid that in fact as one of the men described it, you literally had to strain it through your teeth to keep the bugs out".
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Background: A group formed to investigate complaints by U.S. soldiers of violations of their constitutional rights held a Press conference on Wednesday (11 November) in Washington to publicise a law suit they are filing against three officers of the U.S. army. Two members of the group told reporters about conditions in a correctional custody camp.
The law suit is being filed against Major-General Talbot, commanding General at Fort Benning; Colonel William Latham, commanding officer of the 197th Infantry brigade, and Sergeant James Clark, custodian of the Brigade's correction custody facility. The group also cited a list of other complaints the soldiers had, including hard labour, inadequate services and abuse.
A former prisoner, Private Jose Avecedo, complained about the conditions of soldiers in custody.
A member of the group investigating the claims, Mr. Donald Duncan, supported Private Acevedo's claims.