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DESTROYER OF THE UNITED STATES AND IRAQ
Iraq tortures,authorized: mercenary CACI Int'l/Titan Corp./CIA: "how , mil.intel.wants it done"


Iraq tortures,authorized, professional:
mercenary CACI Int'l/TitanCorp./CIA: "how mil.intel.wants it done"

The Truth about Abu Ghraib: professional CIA torture techniques,
CIA and mercenary corporations run the prison,


Rowan Wolf 02 May 2004 03:55 GMT



summary:
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There is a massive deception being perpetrated by the US government
about the torture at Abu Ghraib prison. Seven soldiers are taking the
full [media spin] brunt of a policy that [actually] had private
[mercenary corporate] contractors [from San Diego and Virginia] in charge
of interogations, and the CIA and military intelligence present and
encouraging the soldiers in their abuse.

A 53 page report of the investigation of abuse by Major General Antonio
M. Taguba obtained by the New Yorker (and not a public document) listed
some of the following conclusions: Breaking chemical lights and pouring
the phosphoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on naked
detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair;
threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard
to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed
against the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical
light and perhaps a broom stick, and using military working dogs to
frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one
instance actually biting a detainee.

Also taken from this the Taguba report is the following quote from an
interview with one of the US soldiers involved: SFC Snider grabbed my
prisoner and threw him into a pile. . . . I do not think it was right to
put them in a pile. I saw SSG Frederic, SGT Davis and CPL Graner walking
around the pile hitting the prisoners.

I remember SSG Frederick hitting one prisoner in the side of its [sic]
ribcage. The prisoner was no danger to SSG Frederick. . . . I left after
that. When he returned later, Wisdom testified: I saw two naked
detainees, one masturbating to another kneeling with its mouth open. I
thought I should just get out of there.

I didn't think it was right . . . I saw SSG Frederick walking towards
me, and he said, "Look what these animals do when you leave them alone
for two seconds." I heard PFC England shout out, "He's getting hard."The
level of depersonalization of the prisoners, even months after the abuse
is frightening to me - note the reference above to the prisoner as
"it."

The Hersh article lists the names and ranks of the US soldiers under
investigation.

. . . ***We do know the companies*** that were contracted at the prison
thanks to a report in the Guardian/UK - US military in torture scandal,
Borger, 4/30/04. The investigation names two US contractors, CACI
International Inc and the Titan Corporation, for their involvement in
Abu Ghraib.


1. Titan, based in San Diego, describes itself as a "a leading provider
of comprehensive information and communications products, solutions and
services for national security". It recently won a big contract for
providing translation services to the US army.

2. CACI, which has headquarters in Virginia, claims on its website to
"help America's intelligence community collect, analyse and share global
information in the war on terrorism".


. . .Frederick repeatedly noted that the military-intelligence teams,
which included C.I.A. officers and linguists and interrogation
specialists from private defense contractors, were the dominant force
inside Abu Ghraib. In a letter written [as early] in January, he said: I
questioned some of the things that I saw . . . such things as leaving
inmates in their cell with no clothes or in female underpants,
handcuffing them to the door of their cell-and the answer I got was,
"This is how military intelligence (MI) wants it done."

Lawyers for the soldiers argue they are being made scapegoats for a
rogue military prison system in which mercenaries give orders without
legal accountability.

At one point, Frederick told his family, he pulled aside his superior
officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Phillabaum, the commander of the 320th
M.P. Battalion, and asked about the mistreatment of prisoners. "His
reply was 'Don't worry about it.'"

If these reports are accurate (and personally I believe they are), then
the use of abuse and torture were deliberate and sanctioned from the
top.

[yes, I had wondered how/why this got documented or acted out on
camera: this would be an understandable explanation:] It is most likely
also not "accidental" that the abuse was so copiously documented. I
suspect that the photos were used as an additional form of degradation.

There may be a strategy in utilizing private contractors for such
"jobs" as they are not under milittary jurisdiction (Borger: "***One
civilian contractor was accused of raping a young male prisoner*** but
has not been charged because military law has no jurisdiction over
him").

In a BBC report - Link to video of a 5/01/04 report it is noted that
Frederick, claims to have complained about the conditions, is a prison
officer in civilian life.

Frederick is one of six soldiers under investigation for abuse. He
claims he raised the conditions to his superiors, but was under orders
to abuse the prisoners.



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Comments from Abuzaid in Iraq, Bush, and the Pentagon, all express
disgust over the abuse (I'd call it torture) of prisoners being held at
Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. We are told it is "under investigation."

Actually, it has been "under investigation" since January.

The US public is being led to believe that this is an isolated incident
by some rogue US soldiers. The story emerging paints a very different
picture. Virtually missing from all US reports is that the CIA, military
intelligence, and private contractors were hired at the prison to direct
"interrogation," and that US soldiers most likely were following their
orders in torturing the prisoners. 4/30/04 Borger, Guardian/UK, US
military in torture scandal "According to lawyers for some of the
soldiers, they claimed to be acting in part under the instruction of
mercenary interrogators hired by the Pentagon." ....

Lawyers for the soldiers argue they are being made scapegoats for a
rogue military prison system in which mercenaries give orders without
legal accountability.

A military report into the Abu Ghraib case - parts of which were made
available to the Guardian - makes it clear that private contractors were
supervising interrogations in the prison, which was notorious for
torture and executions under Saddam Hussein."5/10/04 Hersh, New Yorker,
TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB

In letters and e-mails to family members, Frederick repeatedly noted
that the military-intelligence teams, which included C.I.A. officers and
linguists and interrogation specialists from private defense
contractors, were the dominant force inside Abu Ghraib.

In a letter written in January, he said: I questioned some of the
things that I saw . . . such things as leaving inmates in their cell
with no clothes or in female underpants, handcuffing them to the door of
their cell-and the answer I got was, "This is how military intelligence
(MI) wants it done." . . . . MI has also instructed us to place a
prisoner in an isolation cell with little or no clothes, no toilet or
running water, no ventilation or window, for as much as three days.

The military-intelligence officers have "encouraged and told us, 'Great
job,' they were now getting positive results and information," Frederick
wrote. "CID has been present when the military working dogs were used to
intimidate prisoners at MI's request."

At one point, Frederick told his family, he pulled aside his superior
officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Phillabaum, the commander of the 320th
M.P. Battalion, and asked about the mistreatment of prisoners. "His
reply was 'Don't worry about it.' "

If these reports are accurate (and personally I believe they are), then
the use of abuse and torture were deliberate and sanctioned from the
top.

It also means that it is likely that this kind of abuse is not an
"isolated incident," but a common practice being used on prisoners (in
Iraq and perhaps elsewhere).

It is most likely also not "accidental" that the abuse was so copiously
documented. I suspect that the photos were used as an additional form of
degradation.

Such dehumanization is unacceptable in any culture, but it is
especially so in the Arab world. Homosexual acts are against Islamic law
and it is humiliating for men to be naked in front of other men, Bernard
Haykel, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at New York University,
explained. "Being put on top of each other and forced to masturbate,
being naked in front of each other-it's all a form of torture," Haykel
said.

(Hersh)Who were these dangerous prisoners who were being degraded and
tortured at Abu Ghraib? Hersh states in the New Yorker article: Most of
the prisoners, however-by the fall there were several thousand,
including women and teen-agers-were civilians, many of whom had been
picked up in random military sweeps and at highway checkpoints. They
fell into three loosely defined categories: common criminals; security
detainees suspected of "crimes against the coalition"; and a small
number of suspected "high-value" leaders of the insurgency against the
coalition forces.It seems likely that some of the prisoners died from
the abuse that they received: Two Iraqi faces that do appear in the
photographs are those of dead men.

There is the battered face of prisoner No. 153399, and the bloodied
body of another prisoner, wrapped in cellophane and packed in ice. There
is a photograph of an empty room, splattered with blood. (Hersh)And
these prisoners were definitely tortured - not "just" humiliated.

A 53 page report of the investigation of abuse by Major General Antonio
M. Taguba obtained by the New Yorker (and not a public document) listed
some of the following conclusions: Breaking chemical lights and pouring
the phosphoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on naked
detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair;
threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard
to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed
against the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical
light and perhaps a broom stick, and using military working dogs to
frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one
instance actually biting a detainee.

Also taken from this the Taguba report is the following quote from an
interview with one of the US soldiers involved: SFC Snider grabbed my
prisoner and threw him into a pile. . . . I do not think it was right to
put them in a pile. I saw SSG Frederic, SGT Davis and CPL Graner walking
around the pile hitting the prisoners.

I remember SSG Frederick hitting one prisoner in the side of its [sic]
ribcage. The prisoner was no danger to SSG Frederick. . . . I left after
that. When he returned later, Wisdom testified: I saw two naked
detainees, one masturbating to another kneeling with its mouth open. I
thought I should just get out of there. I didn't think it was right . .
. I saw SSG Frederick walking towards me, and he said, "Look what these
animals do when you leave them alone for two seconds." I heard PFC
England shout out, "He's getting hard."The level of depersonalization of
the prisoners, even months after the abuse is frightening to me - note
the reference above to the prisoner as "it."

The Hersh article lists the names and ranks of the US soldiers under
investigation. Interestingly, none of the CIA, military intelligence, or
private contractors are named. Nor do we know how many of them were
present at the prison. We do know the companies that were contracted at
the prison thanks to a report in the Guardian/UK - US military in
torture scandal, Borger, 4/30/04.

The investigation names two US contractors, CACI International Inc and
the Titan Corporation, for their involvement in Abu Ghraib.

Titan, based in San Diego, describes itself as a "a leading provider of
comprehensive information and communications products, solutions and
services for national security". It recently won a big contract for
providing translation services to the US army.

CACI, which has headquarters in Virginia, claims on its website to
"help America's intelligence community collect, analyse and share global
information in the war on terrorism".

According to the military report on Abu Ghraib, both played an
important role at the prison. At one point, the investigators say: "A
CACI instructor was terminated because he allowed and/or instructed MPs
who were not trained in interrogation techniques to facilitate
interrogations by setting conditions which were neither authorised [nor]
in accordance with applicable regulations/policy."

There may be a strategy in utilizing private contractors for such
"jobs" as they are not under milittary jurisdiction (Borger: "One
civilian contractor was accused of raping a young male prisoner but has
not been charged because military law has no jurisdiction over him").

It would seem to me that civilian contractors who violate the law would
come under Iraqi law. By turning offending contractors over to their
employers for "discipline" a free rein is essentially given to any
activity. In other words, under the US occupation of Iraq, contractors
can be hired to abuse, torture, and kill Iraqi's and face NO legal
consequences whatsoever. They can act with impunity.

This story became public (in part) because of Staff Sergeant Ivan
"Chip" Frederick who was stationed at the prison and kept a journal once
the investigation began. (See a partial transcript at 'I asked for help
and warned of this but nobody would listen', Guardian/UK, 5/01/04).

In a BBC report - Link to video of a 5/01/04 report it is noted that
Frederick, claims to have complained about the conditions, is a prison
officer in civilian life.

Frederick is one of six soldiers under investigation for abuse. He
claims he raised the conditions to his superiors, but was under orders
to abuse the prisoners.

The distraction being put out by most reports was that there were only
seven soldiers responsible for 800 prisoners. This may well be true, but
it how many CIA, military intelligence, and private contractors were at
the prison?

Obviously, this kind of soldier-prisoner ratio would have resulted in
appalling conditions even without the abuse and torture. Another
distraction is that these soldiers were "untrained." Well Frederick
certainly wasn't. But one must ask, "trained" to do what? Act as a
prison staff? Engage in humiliation and torture?

They certainly were trained to "follow orders" which apparently they
did with zeal if the photos are to be believed. Obviously this
"incident" and the release of the photos are not improving relations
between the US and Iraqis, but are likely to enflame an already growing
hostility against the US (Muslim 'torture' backlash, Langdon, This is
London, 4/30/04;

Outrage at US abuse of Iraqi prisoners, Al Jazeera, 5/01/04). No amount
of "smoothing ruffled feathers," nor "sincere apologies" are going to
cover the fact that the humiliation and torture was a standard practice,
authorized at the highest levels.

The events at Abu Ghraib should be responded to with outrage by the
citizens of the US. This happened in OUR NAME and the consequences of
those actions will be directed against the US. It seems clear that the
violation of human rights, of civil rights, of international law and of
the Geneva convention, is the accepted practice of the Bush "War on
Terrorism."

That is not just unacceptable - it is despicable and not to be
tolerated, condoned. There are too many facts available at this point
for the lie of being "disgusted" at this "unfortunate incident" to fly.
This requires the broadspread condemnation of the people of the US for
what it is - a policy of anything goes.

The utilization of "private contractors" protected from any personal or
legal consequences is also unacceptable. Those contractors were under
the employ of corporations and had their orders directly from the US
military and intelligence command. The US military and intelligence
command had their orders directly from the Pentagon, and the Pentagon is
DIRECTLY under the command of George W. Bush.

This goes to the top. Certainly, the pattern of secrecy and covert
actions fostered and practiced by the Bush administration is part and
parcel of the policy of total disregard for either law or human decency.
The refusal to allow human rights organizations access to prisoners
enhances the continuance of such secrecy and abuse.


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WHAT CAN WE DO?
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1. Pressure the US corporate media to TELL THE TRUTH and to INVESTIGATE
and REPORT HONESTLY to the American public about these events and
others. Without that, the majority of the American public will accept the lies
and distractions, and rest comfortable thinking that this was an anomaly
involving seven stressed out soldiers who "lost it" under unbearable
pressure.

2. This includes flooding the papers with letters to the editor.

3. Contact your legislators and tell them exactly what you think, and what
you believe should be done.

4. I would suggest that impeachment proceedings be started immediately for
Bush and Cheney, and the replacement of the entire chain of command from
Rumsfeld, to Bremer, to those in Iraq.

5. I would suggest criminal charges for all who devised and ordered this
strategy, and turning them all over to the International Criminal
Court.

6. Get the information - print out the reports, the pictures, make
copies.

7. Given them to people. If you have a website, post them there.

8. The government may be trying to keep all of this quiet, but you don't
have to.


Links for your Convenience - not exhaustive so add your own 4/30/04
Borger, Guardian/UK, US military in torture scandal 5/10/04 Hersh, New
Yorker, TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB 'I asked for help and warned of this but
nobody would listen', Guardian/UK, 5/01/04 Link to video of a 5/01/04
report Muslim 'torture' backlash, Langdon, This is London, 4/30/04
Outrage at US abuse of Iraqi prisoners, Al Jazeera, 5/01/04 4/30/04
DemocracyNow, Abu Ghraib: New Warden, Same Prison 4/30/04 Mejendie,
Reuters, Iraqi Prison Photos Mar U.S. Image 4/30/04 Borger, Guardian/UK,
US military in torture scandal 5/01/04 WSWS, "Bush and the Democrats are
responsible for torture in Iraq"

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Bush's "disgust" is so disingenuous. & CBS sat on story long time 02.May.2004 14:08

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I heard Randi Rhodes say on her show (on Air America) last night that CBS knew about these torturings for the better part of a year and the administration made the network keep silent about it. Then once the photos and accounts started going more public, CBS "broke" the story in the U.S.



Posted by Emily at May 1, 2004 02:39 PM
And now this is what the rest of the world will think of the United States:



[Saudi Arabia's English-language Arab News daily said: "The greatest loss the Americans face is to their reputation, not simply in the Middle East but in the world at large. "U.S. military power will be seen for what it is, a behemoth with the response speed of a muscle-bound ox and the limited understanding of a mouse."]

A quote out of "Iraqi Prison Photos Mar US Image"
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0430-01.htm

It enrages me that we here will bear the shame of those we have no control over.


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canned indigation 02.May.2004 15:29

art of distraction

It's remarkable that they can express their outrage over Iraq prisoners forced to wear women's undergarments, but don't seem to have a shred of regret thus far over cluster bombs, or sharpshooting peaceful protesters and other civilians off of rooftops, which has been going on since we got there.

If memory serves me right, numerous news articles about torture and humiliation and abuse of prisoners have been here and around the net for quite a while. Amnesty's dossier probably goes back a ways, too.

 link to story.news.yahoo.com

"...Amnesty's Middle East spokeswoman, Nicole Choueiry, said she was not surprised by the pictures.

'"We've been documenting allegations of torture for a year now,' she said. 'We have said there are patterns of torture...'"


I think at this point, the spread of the news about torture and the adminstration's canned indignation is making a convenient distraction for the administration from the wanton killing.