Torturers, Plunderers, and Looters Are Back in Iraq*
By Jonas E. Alexis
There were at least 400 cases of alleged abuse during the Iraq war. What may or may not surprise people is that many of the abusers were “third country nationals,” individuals who were joint citizens of America and Israel. In fact, many of the soldiers responsible were trained in Israel. Accounts of similar abuse can also be found in places such as Guantanamo.
It is common knowledge now that acts of torture and sodomy were committed by the U.S. Army in places such as Abu Ghraib Prison between 2001 and 2004 during the Iraq War—a war that was spearheaded by Neoconservatives and warmongers.
There were at least 400 cases of alleged abuse during that timeframe. What may or may not surprise people is that many of the abusers were “third country nationals,” individuals who were joint citizens of America and Israel. In fact, many of the soldiers responsible were trained in Israel. Accounts of similar abuse can also be found in places such as Guantanamo.
Because of these abuses, which include sexual assault and beating, numerous detainees attempted to commit suicide. At least four of them succeeded; some “hanged themselves with makeshift nooses.”
The U.S. of course closely guarded this fact. The European Union, the Organization of American States, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch, the United Nations, and the International Committee of the Red Cross have all condemned the abuse perpetrated at Guantanamo. Amnesty International declared that it is the “gulag of our time,” for which it was later chastised by the Washington Post.
Many concerned individuals around Europe also voiced their concerns about what was going on at Guantanamo. Even flaming Zionist Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times urged President Bush to close down the facility, an opinion the European Parliament shared. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell finally had to admit,
“Essentially, we have shaken the belief the world had in America’s justice system by keeping a place like Guantanamo open and creating things like the military commission. We don’t need it and it is causing us far more damage than any good we get for it.”
After much examination of the abuse in the camp and the pathetic ideology that the administration used to continue the torture, noted attorney and professor Joseph Margulies came to a similar conclusion.
Michael Lehnert, U.S. Marine Brigadier General who helped establish the camp, was completely shocked about what happened there after he was replaced. What is even more revealing is that Lawrence Wilkerson, a former aide to Powell, announced that Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld knew that most of the prisoners held in the camp were innocent, but still detained them for political and ideological reasons.
Wilkerson’s announcement gained strength when it was discovered that of the almost 600 detainees, no more than 24 had any connection to al-Qaeda. Yet many of the prisoners, if not all, were regularly tortured. Kenneth Roth, Jewish executive director of the Human Rights Watch, declared that the methods used by the U.S. in the camp were unconstitutional, despite the administration’s repeated propaganda that the methods they were using were “safe, humane, and professional.”
The war on terror has obviously turned the American government and politicians into savage people, reversing traditional American ideals. As Jane Mayer adequately put it then:
“The tactics used by the military touched off wrenching debates with the FBI agents in which one agent, who cannot be named, accused the military of criminal behavior. ‘When I became an agent, I swore to uphold the Constitution against all enemies,’ the agent argued, ‘both foreign and domestic.’ The military officer argued that he was defending the country and the Constitution. ‘Not the same Constitution that I read,’ said the agent.”
Yet torture is still going on in Iraq. It has been reported that:
“The Iraqi army, leading a vigorous battle to liberate Mosul from ISIS, has been exposed torturing and abusing their captives suspected of having terrorists links… Having worked alongside the elite Emergency Response Division (ERD) in Iraq, freelance photographer Ali Arkady documented how, in their battle against jihadists, Iraqi security forces resorted to the very tactics that are comparable to the brutal practices of their nemesis, IS.
“In one instance, the soldiers were torturing a man whose sons were suspected of working with IS in what is known as the strappado. Horrendous images show the detainee hanged by his arms to the ceiling, blindfolded, with officers standing next to him – and adding weights to his back to intensify the agony.”
The sad part is that the Neocons and other warmongers in America want us to tell us all that Assad is the new Hitler in town! If Iraqi soldiers are brutally torturing people, that is all right. But if Assad allegedly does the same thing, oh no…