23 October 2005

Our morally bankrupt administration's policies

Torture in Iraq

The following is an excerpt from "Leadership Failure: Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division," a report issued by Human Rights Watch on September 25, 2005. The full report is available at http://hrw.org/reports/2005/us0905.

"On their day off people would show up all the time. Everyone in camp knew if you wanted to work out your frustration you show up at the PUC tent [where prisoners were held]. It was sport. The cooks were all US soldiers. One day a sergeant shows up and tells a PUC to grab a pole. He told him to bend over and broke the guy's leg with a Louisville Slugger that was a metal bat. He was just a fucking cook. He shouldn't even be in with no PUCs [prisoners]."
-82nd Airborne sergeant,describing events at FOB Mercury, Iraq

"If I as an officer think we're not even following the Geneva Conventions, there's something wrong. If officers witness all these things happening, and don't take action, there's something wrong. If another West Pointer tells me he thinks, 'Well, hitting somebody might be okay,' there's something really wrong."
-82nd Airborne officer, describing confusion in Iraq concerning allowable interrogation techniques

Residents of Fallujah called them "the Murderous Maniacs" because of how they treated Iraqis in detention. They were soldiers of the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, stationed at Forward Operating Base Mercury (FOB Mercury) in Iraq. The soldiers considered this name a badge of honor.

Why hasn't this been thoroughly investigated? Because the White House and the Pentagon are conducting an 'internal' investigation to protect themselves. This needs a special prosector to fully investigate these horrendous abuses which will forever stain our country's history.


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