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Monday, February 27, 2006

Rape Rooms Replaced With Newer Tortures 

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File this under TOLD YOU SO. The rape rooms have been . The rape rooms? They may be gone. But they are now replaced with rooms where they drill holes in your head or burn your eyes out with a cigarette. Well, we liberated them didn’t we?


Hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death or summarily executed every month in Baghdad alone by death squads working from the Ministry of the Interior, the United Nations' outgoing human rights chief in Iraq has revealed.

John Pace, who left Baghdad two weeks ago, told us on Sunday that up to three-quarters of the corpses stacked in the city's mortuary show evidence of gunshot wounds to the head or injuries caused by drill-bits or burning cigarettes. Much of the killing, he said, was carried out by Shia Muslim groups under the control of the Ministry of the Interior……from the Baghdad Medico-Legal Institute, which is located next to the city's mortuary. He said figures show that last July the morgue alone received 1,100 bodies, about 900 of which bore evidence of torture or summary execution.






The problem is that old habits die hard. Once you have corrupt Police and corrupt militias and corrupt officials, knocking off the main thug (Saddam) does not suddenly correct pervious behavior. Under Saddam , this is how things were done. This is how things are done now.


Mr Pace said the Ministry of the Interior was "acting as a rogue element within the government". It is controlled by the main Shia party, the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri); the Interior Minister, Bayan Jabr, is a former leader of Sciri's Badr Brigade militia, which is one of the main groups accused of carrying out sectarian killings……..One important development over the past few days is that it is clearly becoming very difficult to use American or British troops to keep the peace, undermining the argument that they are the only bulwark against civil war. The occupation forces lack the legitimacy to play the role of UN peacekeepers; it is almost impossible to have US soldiers defend a Sunni mosque against a Shia crowd, because if they open fire they will be seen as having joined one side in a sectarian struggle.

In Mr Pace's view, the violence in Iraq is being made worse by the seizing of young Iraqi men by US troops and Iraqi police as they move from city to city carrying out raids. "The vast majority are innocent," he said, "but they very often don't get released for months.

You don't eliminate terrorism by what they're doing now. Military intervention causes serious human rights and humanitarian problems to large numbers of innocent civilians ... The result is that such individuals turn into terrorists at the end of their detention."




Perhaps if we had secured the country to begin with this might not have happened. Might not. American prisoners get tortured in American jails. We can hardly stop this at home -can we? Hell all the soldiers in the world posted over there couldn’t stop this.


Link Here:

http://www.counterpunch.com/patrick02272006.html
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