The Torture Biz: Selling Our Soul for Rubbish Disinfo

Selling our souls for Dross
The Sundance Channel is currently reshowing the 2005 documentary by investigative reporter Andrew Gilligan and producer Sarah McDonald  Torture: The Dirty Business.  The whole one hour documentary is well worth the time: see it if you can!  It exposes the multinational torture industry, HQed by the U.S.  The U.S. and U.K. lead this industry by both creating supply and demand.  They supply victims through the practice  "extraordinary rendition": kidnapping unconvicted, unindicted, uncharged (!) Al Queda suspects who are then exported to other countries for torture processing and then purchasing the torture "information product" for U.S. and U.K. consumption.  Perhaps the most ironic part is the fact the "information" obtained this way is so useless it would best be sent straight to the dust bin.  Let's us fast forward to the last segment of the documentary:

Craig Murray is the former U.K. ambassador to Uzbekistan.  Murray's investigations uncovered the Uzbekistan government's widespread engagement torture of thousands every year manufacture disinformation about Al Queda to feed to MI6 and the CIA.  It would not be exaggerating to call this torture business a Uzbekistan government industry for disinformation export.  He wrote a strong report to his superiors making it clear that the torture "product" the U.K. and U.S. are purchasing from Uzbekistan was in his words "useless" and was entirely confabulated to conform to what the CIA and MI6 wanted to hear and coined the phrase "selling our souls for dross" to describe this.  

Upon receiving Murray's report, rather than halt the practice, the U.K. government actually sacked Murry from his ambassadorship!  Afterwards Murray expected public and media outrage to swell and stop the British  practice of encouraging torture by proxy.  He was taken aback when that didn't happen and now reports he's concluded that the UK doesn't stand for the values that he thought it did any longer.

See also the Scotland Herald review of this documentary by Damien Love entitled "Pain But No Gain: The reality of torture".

Murray may be somewhat relieved at this point since the House of Lords just this past week that it will no longer admit any evidence produced by the torture industry and meanwhile the McCain amendment is being hammered out in Washington.   Will this truly halt the U.S. and U.K.'s consumption of "torture product"?  Officially anyway maybe yes.  We'll see if MI6 and the CIA stop it in reality.


CIA: "...USA has a vice president for torture"

The venerable Stansfield Turner, CIA chief in the 1970s has thrown his considerable weight into the fray -- lookout NeoCon Cabal, here comes the big guns:  'I am embarrassed that the USA has a vice president for torture. I think it is just reprehensible. He (Mr Cheney) advocates torture..."

More deliciousness below...

Former CIA director accuses Cheney of overseeing torture

LONDON (AFP) - Admiral Stansfield Turner, a former CIA director, accused US Vice President Dick Cheney of overseeing policies of torturing terrorist suspects and damaging the nation's reputation, in a television interview.

"We have crossed the line into dangerous territory," Turner, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1970s, said on ITV news.

"I am embarrassed that the USA has a vice president for torture. I think it is just reprehensible. He (Mr Cheney) advocates torture, what else is it? I just don't understand how a man in that position can take such a stance."

US President George Bush and other leading members of his administration have consistently denied that detainees suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda were tortured for information.

But his opponents and human rights campaigners have claimed that many men taken captive in Iraq and Afghanistan by US forces have been subjected to torture in order to extract information.

Who says the CIA doesn't have it in for the Cheney Cabal?  Looks like a cat fight to me!  I think this is one time when I will cheer for the CIA intervention.  Can anyone say "counter coup de'etat"?


Bush on Torture: 'Nobody was beheaded'

Bush on torture: 'Nobody was beheaded'

Bush, defending a facility that was found to be holding dozens of prisoners, including some showing signs of torture, saying it held "the most criminal terrorists." "Nobody was beheaded or killed," a defiant Bush told a news conference today, saying that only seven of 170 detainees showed marks of torture.

Oh, sorry, that's not Bush, that's the Iraq's interior minister, Bayan Jabr.  It just sounds exactly like Bush's weakass excuses for why what the "coalition" is doing isn't torture, whereas those evil people over there are the real terrorist!  Us vs. them.  Makes perfect sense, right?  Right???


Immediate IraqiNam Withdrawal: Woolsey

Watching C-SPAN yesterday I was pleasantly suprised to hear Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, D. CA (Petaluma) from the floor call for immediate US withdrawal from its occupation war in Iraq.  Of course you didn't hear anything about it on the news.  No, of course not.  Here's an article Published on Thursday, January 20, 2005 on CommonDreams.org called 'A Shaky Media Taboo -- Withdrawal from Iraq' by Norman Solomon

Because of this "Media Taboo" I didn't realize that Woolsey introduced a Congressional Resolution for immediate US withdrawal from Iraq Jan 19th of this year.

Now this shows true leadership on Woolsey's and and  all the 25 House Members co-sponsoring resolution: to buck the 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' crowd that seems to have a chokehold on the Democratic Party, determined to block true Progressives at every point and to stand for a truly humanitarian and liberating cause: for peace in Iraqmire.  

It gave me some genuine hope for AmeriKKKa to see her courageously and eloquently holding forth, pulling no punches and flaying Empirial Usurper George's incompetent and sinister imperial ambitions.  Let all real Progressives get behind Woolsey and her House colleagues (and Sen. Kennedy's call before her) to get the U.S. out of IraquiNam!


NYT: Breaking Bottles Over Iraqi Civies Heads: U.S. Soldiers Abusive Ways

Winning Hearts and Minds: Former Soldier Recounts Extensive Abuse of Iraqui Civies

This flashback to IraquiNam is from the NYT:

Bob Herbert: From 'gook' to 'raghead'

Bob Herbert The New York Times

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2005

gratuitous violence that, according to Delgado, is routinely inflicted by American soldiers on ordinary Iraqis. He said: "Guys in my unit, particularly the younger guys, would drive by in their Humvee and shatter bottles over the heads of Iraqi civilians passing by. They'd keep a bunch of empty Coke bottles in the Humvee to break over people's heads."

Many more quotes below...

Bob Herbert: From 'gook' to 'raghead'

Bob Herbert The New York Times

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2005


[Delgado] was trained as a mechanic and assigned to the 320th Military Police Company in St. Petersburg, Florida. By the spring of 2003, he was in Iraq. Eventually he would be stationed at the prison compound in Abu Ghraib.

Delgado's background is unusual. He is an American citizen, but because his father was in the diplomatic corps, he grew up overseas. He spent eight years in Egypt, speaks Arabic and knows a great deal about the various cultures of the Middle East. He wasn't happy when, even before his unit left the States, a top officer made wisecracks about the soldiers heading off to Iraq to kill some ragheads and burn some turbans.

"He laughed," Delgado said, "and everybody in the unit laughed with him."

The officer's comment was a harbinger of the gratuitous violence that, according to Delgado, is routinely inflicted by American soldiers on ordinary Iraqis. He said: "Guys in my unit, particularly the younger guys, would drive by in their Humvee and shatter bottles over the heads of Iraqi civilians passing by. They'd keep a bunch of empty Coke bottles in the Humvee to break over people's heads."

He said he had confronted guys who were his friends about this practice. "I said to them: 'What the hell are you doing? Like, what does this accomplish?' And they responded just completely openly. They said: 'Look, I hate being in Iraq. I hate being stuck here. And I hate being surrounded by hajis."'

"Haji" is the troops' term of choice for Iraqis. It's used the way "gook" or "Charlie" was used in Vietnam.

Delgado said he had witnessed incidents in which an army sergeant lashed a group of children with a steel Humvee antenna, and a Marine corporal planted a vicious kick in the chest of a kid about 6 years old. There were many occasions, he said, when soldiers or marines would yell and curse and point their guns at Iraqis who had done nothing wrong.

In November 2003, after several months in Nasiriya in southern Iraq, the 320th was redeployed to Abu Ghraib. The violence there was sickening, Delgado said. Some inmates were beaten nearly to death. The GIs at Abu Ghraib lived in cells while most of the detainees were housed in large overcrowded tents set up in outdoor compounds that were vulnerable to mortars fired by insurgents. The army acknowledges that at least 32 Abu Ghraib detainees were killed by mortar fire.


Delgado, who eventually got conscientious objector status and was honorably discharged last January, recalled a disturbance that occurred while he was working in the Abu Ghraib motor pool. Detainees who had been demonstrating over a variety of grievances began throwing rocks at the guards. As the disturbance grew, the army authorized lethal force. Four detainees were shot to death.

Delgado confronted a sergeant who, he said, had fired on the detainees. "I asked him," said Delgado, "if he was proud that he had shot unarmed men behind barbed wire for throwing stones. He didn't get mad at all. He was, like, 'Well, I saw them bloody my buddy's nose, so I knelt down. I said a prayer. I stood up, and I shot them down."'

What was that quote from Falwell "Blow them all away in the name of the Lord"?  Nice AmeriKKKa, good doggy!


NPR: CIA Literally Ordered Bin Laden's Head On Ice After 9/11

Talk about your "cowboy president"! Those of us in Europe thought Amerika had lost it entirely with Reagan, but that was nothing compared to Mini Me!

Bring home bin Laden's head, CIA told

From correspondents in Washington

May 04, 2005

From: Reuters

US spy chiefs ordered agents to deliver Osama bin Laden's severed head in a box of dry ice and hoist heads of other al-Qaeda leaders on pikes, a retired field officer has disclosed.

As the US reeled in shock days after the September 11 attacks in 2001, former CIA officer Gary Schroen was sent to Afghanistan to help the opposition Northern Alliance to topple bin Laden's hosts the Taliban.

He told National Public Radio (NPR) in an interview broadcast yesterday and today that he stopped by the office of then Director of the CIA counter-terrorism centre Cofer Black for final instructions.

He was told : "Your basic marching orders are to link up with the Northern Alliance and get their cooperation military and they will take on the Taliban."

"When we break the Taliban, your job is to capture bin Laden, kill him and bring his head back in a box full of dry ice."

More of the story:

Mr Schroen was also ordered to kill other al-Qaeda leaders suspected in the plot in which terrorists slammed hijacked airliners into New York's World Trade Centre and the Pentagon killing nearly 3000 people.

It was the first time in 30 years with the CIA he been ordered to set out to kill a target rather than try to bring them in alive, Mr Schroen told NPR's Morning Edition program.

He said he told Mr Black, "Sir, those are the clearest orders I have ever received, I can certainly make pikes out in the field but I don't know what I'll do about dry ice to bring the head back, but we will manage something".

A week after the September 11 attacks, US President George W. Bush told reporters he wanted Osama bin Laden and recalled Wild West posters that demanded suspects "dead or alive".

See rest of article here...

Has Amerika just lept off the civilized world entirely?


304 U.S. Soldiers Ordered Killed By Pentagon in Iraq

304 U.S. Soldiers Ordered Killed By Pentagon in Iraq

April 6, 2005

TEHRAN (MNA) About 304 recalcitrant U.S. soldiers have been killed by the Pentagon's special team, intelligence sources in Iraq have revealed.

The sources quoted high-ranking U.S. officers as saying that since the U.S. occupation of Iraq in March 2003 more than 304 U.S. military forces have been executed in spurious clashes at the behest of army commanders and with the knowledge of the Pentagon.

The bodies of these soldiers have been sent to their families and announced as forces who have been killed in the fight against terrorists, the Mehr News Agency correspondent in southern Iran has learnt.

The soldiers ordered killed were mainly among those who suffered mental disorders and protested against the massacre of Iraqi civilians and asked who were they fighting for.

Reports say the number of soldiers who have injured or maimed themselves to flee from the scene of war in Iraq are on the rise, and new revelations show that this number has exceeded 2,100 over the past two years.

The U.S. Army medical dispensary announced four months ago that more than 6,000 soldiers serving in Iraq suffer from severe mental problems. The reports have also revealed that some of these soldiers tend to kill innocent Iraqi civilians without any particular reason in order to reduce their mental pains.

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