The UK Guardian posted a very important story, with accompanying videos, examining in details and with witnesses the extraordinary efforts by US military and civilian personnel to assemble, train, and direct Shi’a commando brigades in Iraq. These police brigades and paramilitary units unleashed a hellish reign of terror, with massive round-ups, torture, and death squad killings.
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday March 9, 2013 5:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 6, 2011 3:22 pm|
Torture and abuse has been known to be routine in detention facilities throughout Iraq. Abuses of Iraqi detainees have taken place in facilities run by US and British forces (e.g. Abu Ghraib). Iraqi forces have also killed, tortured and mistreated individuals they have captured or kidnapped. Some of the forces responsible for killing, torture and mistreatment are Iraq police, for example, the “Wolf Brigade,” which Iraq’s Interior Ministry controls and operates.
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday August 1, 2011 6:01 am|
In July, General David Petraeus was approved as CIA Director by both the Senate Intelligence Committee and then the full Senate, whose vote was an astounding 94-0, astounding because this is a man who was deeply implicated in war crimes, including torture.
While Petraeus’s record on backing both torture and death/terror squads in Iraq had been looked at before, literally no one brought up this record when the Obama administration’s nomination of Petraeus was being sped through the constitutional “advice and consent” process. The failure of any U.S. Senator to ask questions about Petraeus’s record on these matters demonstrates the utter bankruptcy of the two political parties, and even more, of U.S. civil society as a whole.