US "war on terror" - Iraq
Indicting the US Government for crimes against humanity – unsealing the evidence It is opportune that only a couple of weeks after three-times human rights awardee Bradley Manning presented his case against the US Government for war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan, details have been released (see video trailer above) of a 15 month investigation by the Guardian and the BBC into torture centres in Iraq, coordinated by US Special Forces commander, James Steele, and former US General Petraeus.
Link to video: James Steele: America's mystery man in Iraq An exclusive golf course backs onto a spacious two-storey house. From El Salvador to Iraq: Washington's man behind brutal police squads | World news
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. BBC-Guardian Exposé Uses WikiLeaks to Link Iraq Torture Centers to U.S. Col. Steele & Gen. Petraeus | Democracy Now!
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US soldiers return to their barracks at a military base outside Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. I am sorry for the role I played in Fallujah | Ross Caputi | Comment is free
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US invasion leaves lasting Iraq scars
“I mean, whether it’s a result of our action or other action, you know, discovering 20 bodies, throats slit, 20 bodies, you know, beheaded, 20 bodies here, 20 bodies there,” Col. Thomas Cariker, a commander in Anbar Province at the time, told investigators as he described the chaos of Iraq. At times, he said, deaths were caused by “grenade attacks on a checkpoint and, you know, collateral with civilians.” Marines’ Haditha Interviews Found in Iraqi Junkyard
The findings contrast with public statements by U.S. diplomatic and military officials in Iraq and come as Washington awaits a final decision by Iraqi leaders on whether they want U.S. troops to stay in the country beyond the expiration of a three-year security agreement in December. U.S. officials have said they are willing to extend the American military presence into 2012 only after receiving a formal request from Iraqi leaders. Iraq more dangerous than a year ago, U.S. review finds
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