Friday, June 17, 2005

War Crying.........In the so-called "Battle against terror"....

It just gets worse and worse.. from the Memory Hole, via Buzzflash. Could this be part of the reason that Republicans are now breaking away from the current stronghold?? This is what the money that WE worked for has been used for...Did you know you were a party to rape and murder???......

and, it gets better--our Vice President's ex company, Halliburton, just won a 30 million dollar bid to build a NEW Guatanamo--tell your Congressman and Senator NO to a burgeoning Gulag! Stop this Administration beofre it is any more entrenched--petition to impeach him.

The Rest of the Abu Ghraib Photos & Videos
While we're waiting for the rest of the photos from Abu Ghraib to be released or leaked to the media--and while the pro-torture crowd tries to convince us that what we see in the available pictures is no big deal--it'll be instructive to reiterate what two high-level officials have told us about them. Members of Congress and the Defense Department, among others, have been privately shown many of the thousands of photos (and briefed about the videos) that the rest of us have yet to see. Here's what they said about them.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld:
First, beyond abuse of prisoners, there are other photos that depict incidents of physical violence toward prisoners, acts that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel, and inhuman.
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham:
The American public needs to understand, we're talking about rape and murder here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience. We're talking about rape and murder and some very serious charges.---------------------------------------

Could this report from a German magazine be perhaps...part..of what these two "leaders of American Government" are talkng about........
Via boingboing....From The Report:

One who knows something about it is Sergeant Samuel Provance from the US Army's secret service. He was stationed for half a year in the notorious torture prison Abu Ghraib. Today, five months later, we meet Sergeant Provance in Heidelberg.,

His superiors have strictly forbidden him to report to journalists about what he experienced in Abu Ghraib. Nevertheless, Provance does want to talk about it, he is troubled by pangs of conscience. He tells us about a 16-year old boy he had to take away himself.

Original soundtrack, Samuel Provance, US Sergeant:
"He was terribly afraid. He had the skinniest arms I've ever seen. He was trembling all over. His wrists were so thin that we couldn't even put handcuffs on him. Right when I saw him for the first time, and took him for interrogation, I felt sorry for him. The interrogation specialists poured water over him and put him into a car. Then they drove with him through the night, and at that time it was very, very cold. Then they smeared him with mud and showed him to his father who was also in custody. They had tried out other interrogation methods on him. But he wasn't to be brought to talk. The interrogation specialists told me, after the father had then seen his son in this state, his heart broke. He wept and promised to tell them everything they wanted to know."

But the son nonetheless remained in custody. As a 16-year-old, the boy came to the adults. But Provance also reports of a special department, specifically for children. A secret children's section in the horror prison Abu Ghraib.
One person who has seen the children's wing with his own eyes is the journalist Suhaib Badr-Addin Al-Baz. Our correspondent met him last week in Baghdad. The Iraqi TV reporter tells how he himself was arrested arbitrarily by the Americans while shooting a film and spent 74 days in Abu Ghraib.

Original soundtrack, Suhaib Badr-Addin Al-Baz, TV reporter:
"I saw a camp for children there. Boys, under the age of puberty. There were certainly hundreds of children in this camp. Some have been released, others are certainly still there."
From his single cell in the adults' section, Suhaib heard a perhaps 12-year-old girl crying. Suhaib learned that her brother was being held on the second floor of the prison. Suhaib says he saw her there himself once or twice.
In the night, they had been in her cell. The girl had shouted to the other prisoners and called out her brother's name.
An artist has drawn the scene for the British TV station ITN.
Original soundtrack, Suhaib Badr-Addin Al-Baz, TV reporter:
"She was beaten. I heard her call out: They have undressed me. They have poured water over me."
Daily, says Suhaib, one had heard her cries and her whimpering. Some of the prisoners had therefore wept. Suhaib also reports about a sick 15-year-old boy. They had hounded him up and down the corridor with heavy water canisters. So long until he had collapsed with exhaustion, says Suhaib. Then they had brought his father, captive. With a hood over his head. The boy had collapsed again with shock.
In the so-called "Battle against terror", the Americans storm Iraqi dwellings. According to Suhaib, in the course of this they sometimes arrest whole families who appear suspicious to them. Individual statements by witnesses, difficult to check.
We research for further evidence for the imprisonment of children. And indeed. UNICEF in Geneva, the United Nations' relief agency for children. We find an explosive report. Just a few days old.In this we read:
"Children who had been arrested in Basra and Kerbala (…) were handed over as a matter of routine to an internment facility in Um Qasr".
The internment camp Um Qasr. Pictures from 2003, Today it is too dangerous for reporters to travel to Um Qasr. The camp, a prison camp for terrorists and criminals. Here of all places, the Americans are thus said to have kept children interned like prisoners of war.UNICEF
"The classification of these children as 'Internees' is worrying as it means an indefinite period of custody, without contact with their families, expectation of proceedings or a trial."
UNICEF does not yet want to comment on the as yet unpublished report. Their own staff in Iraq are not to be endangered. We look for further information, turn to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Their helpers inspect Um Qasr, Abu Ghraib and other places of detention. And after intensive talks, then further confirmation and even figures.
Original soundtrack, Florian Westphal, International Committee of the Read Cross:
"Between January and May of this year, we registered a total of 107 children. Namely during 19 visits to 6 different places of detention. It must be stressed here, these are places of detention that are really controlled by the Coalition troops."
In the internment camp Um Qasr, and also in Abu Ghraib, the Red Cross registered prisons in their minority. Two international organisations thus confirm to us independently of one another that the occupation troops are holding Iraqi children in custody. But we do not get any information directly from the prisons. Not even UNICEF was allowed to visit the children's clink in Baghdad.
"In July 2003, UNICEF applied for a visit to this prison, but access was refused."
According to UNICEF, no independent observers at all have been in the children's clink any more since December.
The US Army did, it is true, open the scandal prison Abu Ghraib for a tour by journalists. But the reporters were presented with a model prison. The press were not shown captive children.
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Blogger : Joseph j7uy5 said...

The really netty thing about all this is that Halliburton is not Cheney's ex-company. He is still on their payroll. I forget the exact amount, but he gets over $100,000 per year.

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Blogger Medbh said...

So true--as I wrote to Mr. CHeney , a few weeks ago..

As the former CEO of Halliburton, Inc., and as the current recipient of $433,000 of unexercised Halliburton stock options worth more than $10 million dollars, as well as the more than $7 billion that you have earned under its 2001 logistics contract with the U.S. military, I am requesting your intervention in the case of a young Iraqi woman who was shot twice in her head while on her way to work for Halliburton in Iraq.

as may be expected, Dick C. has yet to respond to my letter. Thanks for the prompt! Seems I must write to our dear VP again. My previous letter about the blind Iraqi woman must have gotten lost in the mail. Those insurgents are everywhere..

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