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  •  I had forgotten about the Electric Drills (4+ / 0-)

    Thanks for your diary. What with everything else that has happened since I had forgotten much that I was upset about at the time. The "Salvador Option". The bloodied and bruised bodies left in the street, hands bound with wire, bodies marked with drill holes and a single bullet in the back of the head. John Negroponte.

    Is it too much to hope that in light of the Iraq War Logs a full investigation will be carried out?

    •  Now recall it in the context of... (0+ / 0-)

      stories breaking in late 2005:

      In recent developments, Iyad Allawi has been promoted by the British and the U.S. mainstream media as a defender of "human rights". This new spin coincides with Blair and Bush strategy of resurrecting Allawi as "the best hope" in the December 15 illegitimate elections. Despite his well-publicised unpopularity among Iraqis, the propaganda for his elections campaign has already begun. Careful examination of this policy reveals that the U.S. and Britain are in pursuit of a rotten imperialist policy to serve their own interests at the expense of the Iraqi people.

      A brief history of Allawi’s political career is essential.
      [...]
      After falling out of favour with Saddam, Allawi sought exile in London, where he developed a relationship with Britain's MI-6 intelligence service during the 1980s, and eventually he also formed a relationship with the C.I.A. Allawi and Chalabi are related by marriage, have been described by Western media as "alternately rivals and allies". However, the reality is that the two have been allies, and there is no evidence of rivalry. Chalabi had a bitter break-up with the C.I.A in the 1990s but became close with the Pentagon. Meanwhile, Allawi and his Iraqi National Accord (INA), one of several death squads created by the C.I.A. and Britain MI-6, have solid relationships with the C.I.A., the State Department and the MI-6.
      [...]
      After the so-called "handover of sovereignty" to Iraqis, Allawi was appointed "Prime Minister" of the Iraqi Interim Government (IIG) by US. Proconsul Paul Bremer. The choice of Iyad Allawi as Iraq's "Prime Minister" was forced by the U.S. as a fait accompli on the UN and the Iraqi people.
      [...]
      As the Occupation continues, Allawi’s INA and other death squads – created and trained by the U.S., Britain and Iran – have adopted Gestapo-like tactics in terrorising the Iraqi people on behalf of their masters. Torturing and murdering not only innocent members of the former regime, but also prominent Iraqi opposition leaders, Iraqi academics and professionals. They are eliminating anyone who looks like opposition. "Hundreds of accounts of killings and abductions have emerged in recent weeks, most of them brought forward by Sunni civilians, who claim that their relatives have been taken away by Iraqi men in uniform without warrant or explanation", reported the New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins from Baghdad. "Some Sunni males have been found dead in ditches and fields, with bullet holes in their temples, acid burns on their skin, and holes in their bodies apparently made by electric drills", writes Filkins. One of these death squads is a commando force, known by Iraqis as the ‘Maghawir’, was widely used under the interim administration of Iyad Allawi.[...]

      Plenty more sordid details at link.

      More and Better Democrats

      by SJerseyIndy on Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 03:37:12 PM PDT

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      •  It's all come flooding back (0+ / 0-)

        By 2005 I was having a mental breakdown from the torrent of horror that was coming out of Iraq. Assuming that I was receiving 0.0001% of the emotional impact at that time it breaks my heart to imagine what the people of Iraq were going through. Now we hear that suicide rates amongst veterans might be running at three times the combat fatality rate ... no wonder most people don't seem to care. To see what was going on was to be be wounded and scarred.

        I met Blair in 2005. Observers said that I was extreme in my treatment of him. I knew then and I know now that nothing I could have done would have actually been extreme.

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