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US Congress to Continue Hearings on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse - 2004-05-05

U.S. Congressional hearings into the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers continue for a second day Wednesday.

U.S. lawmakers, outraged by the televised images of Iraqi prisoners being sexually humiliated and physically abused, are demanding swift accountability.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a closed hearing into the matter Wednesday, a day after the House and Senate Armed Services Committee did likewise.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says Congress wants to know what happened, when and why it happened, and assurances that it will not happen again. "We need to get to the bottom of it, and I expect that we will do so," he said.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner plans to call Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to testify publicly as soon as possible.