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Wikileaks War Crimes & Atrocities Documented -- Defazio, Wyden: Please Open Hearings!

After review of the evidence congress must move to arrest the perpetrators.
At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

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 equivallent population size.

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Real Death Figures and Why Obama Will NEVER Support Prosecution 24.Oct.2010 15:18

Emmit Goldman

If the Russians had invaded the U.S. and destroyed our infrastructure, therebye causing millions to die from a lack of clean water and other materials essential to our survival, we would say that the Russians killed those people, even if they didn't die from bombs or bullets. The Wiki figures and the IBC figures fail to take this into account, and so they are woefully inadequate to account for the real number of people we have killed by our slaughter in Iraq.

What is the real death toll in Iraq?, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/19/iraq

"The British polling firm Opinion Research Business (ORB) asked 1,720 Iraqi adults last summer if they had lost family members by violence since 2003; 16% had lost one, and 5% two. Using the 2005 census total of 4,050,597 households in Iraq, this suggests 1,220,580 deaths since the invasion. Accounting for a standard margin of error, ORB says, 'We believe the range is a minimum of 733,158 to a maximum of 1,446,063.'

"One expert also believes the number of civilian casualties may be higher than the Baltimore/Lancet figure. Frederick "Skip" Burkle is a professor in the department of public health and epidemiology at Harvard University who ran Iraq's ministry of health after the war but was sacked by the US and replaced by a Bush loyalist. He says the survey ignored the occupation's indirect or secondary casualties - deaths caused by the destruction of health services, unemployment and lack of electricity. Two surveys by non-government organisations found a rise in infant mortality and malnutrition, he notes, so why are those figures not reflected in the second study that appeared in the Lancet?"

Furthermore, Obama has been a war criminal since he sent his first drone into Pakistan. Exactly how many he has slaughtered and tortured is unknown, but we do know that he will not attempt to prosecute those who committed the same crimes that he has.

"In 2004, Americans and world audiences recall the horrors of torture, rape, sodomy, murder, and other abuses by US military personnel at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. Today under occupation, every US and Iraqi-controlled detention facility is Abu Ghraib or worse, their tortures, extreme abuses and appalling conditions continue.

"Thousands of civilians are thus victimized by imperial Washington's lawlessness. Human lives and welfare are thus sacrificed, a shocking indictment of America's true aim and employed means, abroad and at home. Obama is as culpable as Bush. Both are unindicted war criminals." (Stephen Lendman,  link to www.opednews.com)

More on the Wiki Leaks issue 25.Oct.2010 18:58

from alternative press

US Under Pressure on WikiLeaks Allegations
"If there's enough truth early on enough then perhaps we won't see these kind of wars."

LONDON -- Washington on Sunday came under increasing pressure to investigate allegations in the leaked Iraq war documents published by WikiLeaks, which Britain's deputy premier called "shocking".

[Newspapers headlining WikiLeaks story are seen on sale at a newsagent in Wimbledon, southwest London, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. WikiLeaks the online whistle-blower web site are to release some U.S. secret documents on the war in Iraq. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)]Newspapers headlining WikiLeaks story are seen on sale at a newsagent in Wimbledon, southwest London, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. WikiLeaks the online whistle-blower web site are to release some U.S. secret documents on the war in Iraq. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Governments and human rights organisations alike put the focus on answers to the allegations made against US, allied and Iraqi troops as the whistleblowing website released 400,000 classified US military documents.

The flood of material from 2004 to 2009 offers a grim snapshot of the conflict, especially of the abuse of Iraqi civilians by Iraqi security forces.

The heavily redacted logs appear to show that the US military turned a blind eye to evidence of torture and abuse of civilians by the Iraqi authorities.

WikiLeaks claim the documents reveal around 15,000 more civilian deaths than were previously known about.

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called the allegations "extremely serious" and said people would be wanting to hear "what the answer is."

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 http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/10/24-0