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Atrocity Now: Wikileaks Release Spotlights Continuing War Crimes in Iraq

Atrocity Now: Wikileaks Release Puts Spotlight Back on Continuing War Crimes in Iraq~ by Chris Floyd

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"Wikileaks has done us all a great service by putting this vast war atrocity -- which is still going on -- back on the front pages, forcing the murderers and their accomplices and "continuers" in the halls of power to scurry around like rats caught in the light, twisting and squealing, trying to find some way to obscure the gobs of blood dripping from their hands and lips."

"One of the first stories out of the gate from the gigantic new release of classified documents on the Iraq War by Wikileaks details the willing connivance and cooperation between the American invaders and their Iraqi collaborators in perpetrating heinous tortures against Iraqis. As we know, the Americans themselves were not exactly averse to atrocious maltreatment of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis they have rounded up, overwhelmingly without charges or evidence, over the long, long years of this godforsaken enterprise. (As we've often noted here before, at one point early in the Iraq War, the Red Cross estimated that 70-90 percent of the more than 20,000 Iraqis then being held by the Americans as "suspected terrorists" were not guilty of any crime whatsoever. And of course many thousands more have been "churned" through the system since then. Which is doubtless one of the main reasons why there is still an active "insurgency" in Iraq after so many years of continuous "counter-insurgency." And yes, even after the "victorious" surge led by St. David Petraeus, and after the bogus "end of combat operations" declared by the Peace Laureate himself.)

But the Guardian story focuses on another key feature of the entire American Terror War -- indeed, of American foreign policy for a great many bipartisan decades: using proxies to do your dirty work. The Wikileaks documents spell out case after case of torture by the American-installed Iraqi lackeys -- often under the watchful eyes of American forces ... and countenanced, officially and formally, by the invaders. The Guardian reports:

This is the impact of Frago 242. A frago is a "fragmentary order" which summarises a complex requirement. This one, issued in June 2004, about a year after the invasion of Iraq, orders coalition troops not to investigate any breach of the laws of armed conflict, such as the abuse of detainees, unless it directly involves members of the coalition. Where the alleged abuse is committed by Iraqi on Iraqi, "only an initial report will be made … No further investigation will be required unless directed by HQ".

"...Hundreds of the leaked war logs reflect the fertile imagination of the torturer faced with the entirely helpless victim – bound, gagged, blindfolded and isolated – who is whipped by men in uniforms using wire cables, metal rods, rubber hoses, wooden stakes, TV antennae, plastic water pipes, engine fan belts or chains. At the torturer's whim, the logs reveal, the victim can be hung by his wrists or by his ankles; knotted up in stress positions; sexually molested or raped; tormented with hot peppers, cigarettes, acid, pliers or boiling water – and always with little fear of retribution since, far more often than not, if the Iraqi official is assaulting an Iraqi civilian, no further investigation will be required."
Guardian: Iraq war logs: secret files show how US ignored torture
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/22/iraq-war-logs-mi...

"As the Guardian notes, the Americans were fully aware of what their charges were doing:"

continued..please read in full:

http://chris-floyd.com/articles/1-latest-news/2037-atrocity-...

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BBC news:
Wikileaks Assange and Iraq Body Count talk on Iraq Files:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksqp_msw1oM&feature=sub

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"ALL" Americans That Are Coerced Into Paying Taxes,,,

,,,Including Social Security Taxes which end up in the general fund, are accessories to these on going war atrocities !
Be prepared for "blow back" for many years to come.

Kick Them All Out {except Ron Paul}:

http://www.kickthemallout.com/article.php/Story-State_Local_...

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For reasons of National Security

This stuff is what we want to keep the enemy from finding out,It appears to be for good reason!

The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 'civilians'; 23,984 'enemy' (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 'host nation' (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 'friendly' (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the 'Afghan War Diaries', previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivalent population size.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

The 'enemy' already knows

..it's the majority of the American people that need to 'find out!' Our government is guilty of war crimes..PERIOD!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

LB,Are not the American people

Considered to be the same status?

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Genuine ignorance, willful ignorance and apathy

combined with a belief of American exceptionalism makes the majority of U.S. citizens their own worst enemy. 'National Security' is a fear tool of the corrupt government and greedy MIC corporate whores for continuing bloody, murderous occupations for greed, power and control.

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd