Friday, January 28, 2005

The illiberators

/ torture / liberatory /
This is a story getting unbelievably little coverage by most media outlets, considering its enormity. The ACLU (bless them - they embody all that's good about US democracy) has issued a report titled: "Special Forces, Including TF 6-26, Implicated in Numerous Incidents; Abuse Not Confined to Abu Ghraib", which details that:

Investigative files released today by the American Civil Liberties Union suggest that the Army failed to aggressively investigate allegations of detainee abuse. Some of the investigations concern serious allegations of torture including electric shocks, forced sodomy and severe physical beatings.

"Government investigations into allegations of torture and abuse have been woefully inadequate," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "Some of the investigations have basically whitewashed the torture and abuse. The documents that the ACLU has obtained tell a damning story of widespread torture reaching well beyond the walls of Abu Ghraib."

Some utterly shocking details are included in the report, and the full vileness of the occupation is displayed in these released Pentagon documents - which, I warn, are not for those easily upset.

Meanwhile the Iraqi security forces, are themselves emulating their patrons and trying to re-establish the sort of astronomical vileness quotient that their predecessor government (also initially armed and trained by the same people) had become renowned for.

Tom Tomorrow offers the appropriate commentary.

via the unending fountain of web info that is Cursor

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