December 13, 2005
This is a video clip shown on CNN (sorry, ANN) of an unarmed ambulance driver (requires RealOne Player) as treated by Iraqi 'security personnel'.
During the past ten months, and since the February 2005 'elections' for an 'Interim Government' to prepare the 'Constitution':
Iraq's Interior Minister Bayan Jabr Solagh had named as ministry
policemen 17,000 fighters from the Badr organization, the disarmed
militia of the pro-Iranian Shiite fundamentalist Supreme Council for
the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI).The ministry forces "continued
to receive salaries from Tehran," and "spoke amongst themselves in
Farsi," he said.Samarrai said the interior ministry chiefs were all
members of SCIRI or the Shiite Dawa party and that the prisoners were
"The torturers were all Iranians or Iraqis who had
lived in Iran and had come to Iraq after the (US-led) invasion" in
2003, he added."
Iraqi general tells of prison torture horror December 11, 2005
December 13, 2005
leader Saleh al-Mutlaq said yesterday that a second and possibly a
third secret prison had been discovered in an upscale Baghdad
neighborhood, charges that threaten to ratchet up Sunni-Shi'ite
tensions just days before Thursday's election of a new parliament.
than 1,000 people were kept in one place like sheep, worse then sheep,
they could not sleep except by lying on top of one another," Mr.
al-Mutlaq told The Washington Times.
"One was blinded, another had
his hand broken, some were even sexually abused," said Mr. al-Mutlaq,
leader the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue, one of three major Sunni
Arab alliances with candidates running Thursday.
Mr. al-Mutlaq said he plans to release photos documenting his charges to Iraqi television as early as today.
and Iraqi troops last month uncovered a secret detention center in the
Jadriya district of Baghdad filled with undernourished prisoners, some
showing signs of having been tortured."
Sunni cites more secret prisons December 10, 2005
ministry of human rights inspected the prison (near Sahat al Nosour (Al
Nosour square) which is controlled and ran by the national guards) last
Thursday to find about 600 people in it, 56 were released immediately
and 75 were tranfered to another prison.They detainees who are Arab
Sunni men said that they were arrested in the street or in their work
places, without any legal charges pressed against them, and that they
were forced to sign fake confessions about them making crimes. ( I can
confirm that, it was happening where I was too ).
show marks of of severe torture on their bodies, using electricity
among many other things.Of course, Laith Kubba, the hateful spokesman
of the so called Iraqi government refused to comment on the news."
Obviously they will keep getting lower! Khalid Jarrar, December 12, 2005
These are the local mercenaries.
As for the foreign mercenaries:
security contractors have been involved in scores of shootings in Iraq,
but none have been prosecuted despite findings in at least one fatal
case that the men had not followed proper procedures, according to
interviews and documents obtained by The Times.Instead, security
contractors suspected of reckless behavior are sent home, sometimes
with the knowledge of U.S. officials, raising questions about
accountability and stirring fierce resentment among Iraqis.
of the heavily armed private guards are in Iraq, under contract with
the U.S. government and private companies. The conduct of such security
personnel has been one of the most controversial issues in the
reconstruction of Iraq.
Last week, a British newspaper publicized a so-called trophy video that appears to show private contractors in Iraq firing at civilian vehicles as an Elvis song plays in the background.
contractors function in a legal gray area. Under an order issued by the
U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority that administered Iraq until
June 2004, contractors suspected of wrongdoing are to be prosecuted in
their home countries. The contractors have immunity from Iraqi courts
and have so far not faced American prosecution, giving little recourse
to Iraqis seeking justice for wrongful shootings.
"What was my
innocent son's crime?" asked Zahra Ridha, the mother of a 19-year-old
shot and killed by security contractors in May. "Is this what we
Private Security Guards in Iraq Operate With Little Supervision December 4, 2005
And then there are the American 'Liberators':
reliable source has confirmed that at 12 oĺclock noon on Thursday
December 8, 2005, occupants of a black BMW sedan commenced to shoot at
random on civilians and passers by in the area of Imam Qasim in Kirkuk.
Two policemen and three civilians were injured by the shootings.
Upon receiving retaliatory fire from the police and passing pedestrians, the car sped off in the direction of Sulaimania.
Azadi police patrol sped after it in pursuit and managed to kill two of
the attackers in the car near the Rabiĺ district, about 20 kilometers
from Kirkuk on the Sulaimania road.
Upon further firearms exchange,
a fire erupted in the BMW. At that moment, an American helicopter
landed near the burning car and dragged the two dead bodies and the
other two survivors and flew them away.
This was carried out in full
view of the Iraqi police who watched in disbelief as these Americans
were shooting innocent civilians (not insurgents) in Kirkuk.
this incident, some of the Azadi police officers and rank submitted
their resignation from the force and decided to fight the Americans."
(in Arabic, my translation)
Dar Babel for Studies and Information December 13, 2005
The Cost of War on Iraq , as a $10 RBG knocks off a $5 million tank recovery vehicle, while the Americans are catching: