They Built Hell, And Call It Liberation:
“They Were Whipped With Electrical Cables To
Force Them To Confess To Being Militiamen”
“A Young Male Student Confessed To
Membership Of A Terrorist Cell Because His Jailers Threatened To Rape Him”
“One Of The Most Common Ploys Is To Arrest
Innocent People And Then Charge Hundreds Or Even Thousands Of Dollars For Them
To Be Released”
April 24, 2009 By James Hider in Fallujah, The
The brief film is deeply
disturbing, even in a country famed for its al-Qaeda beheading videos and
sniper snuff movies.
The young woman, evidently
drugged, vomiting and occasionally calling for her mother, tries weakly to stop
the grinning man in a white T-shirt and boxer shorts from pulling off her
She fails. The man, instructing the cameraman to shoot
the scene with his mobile phone from various angles, rapes her.
That is not the only shocking
aspect of the film, according to Jassim al-Bidawi, former Mayor of Fallujah and
now a human rights activist.
He has identified the rapist as
an Iraqi police officer, and says that the cameraman is one, too. They are thought to have drugged the woman as
she visited her husband in a detention centre in Ramadi.
Since the rapist’s uncle
is a senior policeman in the city the attacker is all but untouchable, Mr
In the desperate rush to drag Iraq back from
civil war, sweeping powers were granted to its new security forces.
In this vast and largely unaccountable
security apparatus, with almost a million people in uniform, corruption is
One of the most common ploys is
to arrest innocent people and then charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars
for them to be released.
Abu Aliya, 35, was arrested with 15 other men
in a Baghdad park last September. They were having a picnic after a day of
manual labour when a unit of Iraqi soldiers handcuffed and beat them, demanding
to know whether they recognised any of the people on a list of suspected Shia
The men said that they did not.
They were locked up and whipped
with electrical cables to force them to confess to being militiamen.
After three months a soldier told them that
they needed a lawyer. Fearing that they would never get out, they each paid
$3,000 - a huge sum to day labourers earning about $10 a day - and were sent to
The judge asked why they had been detained
when there was no evidence, then dismissed the case.
“The Iraqi security
forces are out of control,” Abu Aliya said.
“If you quarrel with a
simple soldier, even one out of uniform, he will arrest you and your family.
This is happening everywhere, all the time.”
Muhammad, in his early twenties, was arrested
in a raid on his west Baghdad neighbourhood in 2007.
He says that he spent 18 months
in jail, where men were dragged off every night for questioning, returning to
overcrowded cells in the morning battered and semi-conscious.
Muhammad lost several teeth
during the beatings meted out to him and was hung by his arms until he
consented to put a thumbprint on a document that he could not read because he
His family paid $800 and he was
released, even though he had apparently confessed to a crime.
Sawsan al-Barrack, an official
at the Ministry of Human Rights, said: “There are many cases of abuse of
power coming to us, especially of police officers in temporary detention
“There are many women
complaining they are raped or beaten.”
According to tribal sources in Ramadi, the
rapist in the film, who apparently recorded his crime to make his victim keep
her mouth shut, was detained briefly before being mysteriously freed. He is
believed to have fled to Syria.
Amel al-Qaadi, a member of the
Iraqi Parliament’s Integrity Committee, said that she had met a young
male student who had been detained and had confessed to membership of a
terrorist cell because his jailers threatened to rape him.
“There were many others
who told me they were actually raped at the headquarters of various security
force units,” she said.
Ms al-Qaadi warned that random arrests were
exacerbating the surge in violence. “Most current attacks on the armed
forces are the results of earlier arrests by the security forces.” she
Azhar al-Samarrai, a Sunni MP from the
Committee for Displaced Persons, said that, facing defeat at the hands of
militias and terrorist groups, the US and Iraqi authorities hastily recruited “substandard
people, with no education or moral values” into the security forces.
Clinton Supports Iraqi Armed Resistance To
Right To Do So]
“We are committed to
Iraq. We want to see a stable,
sovereign, self-reliant Iraq,” Clinton said at the town hall. – Baghdad, 4.25.09 (CNN)
[Thanks to Mark Shapiro, The Military
Project, who sent this in.]
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IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Brother: Cypress Soldier Who Was Killed ‘Wanted
Pvt. 2nd Class Bryce E. Gautier of Cypress
was one of five soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Mosul, Iraq, on Friday.
He was 22. COURTESY MYSPACE
April 13, 2009 By DOUG IRVING and EUGENE
FIELDS, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
CYPRESS – Bryce Gautier was still
living with his parents and working part-time when he sat down at his computer
late one evening in 2007 and wrote that he was going to join the Army.
“I am nervous and excited at the same
time,” Gautier wrote in a blog post on his MySpace page. “This is a
big step in my life. But I am ready to
finally grow up.”
He titled the post: “Becoming an adult.”
Gautier, 22, was killed in Iraq last week
when a suicide bomber detonated a truck loaded with explosives near a police
station where he was. His body was
returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday, along with the bodies
of four other U.S. soldiers killed in the blast.
Pvt. 2nd Class Gautier had detailed his Army
experience in his blog posts. He wrote
that he was a combat medic and had graduated from Airborne school in October. He wanted to become a nurse when he got out of
“He always really wanted to help
people,” said his brother, Evan, 24. “He was going to hopefully
make a difference, saving lives.”
Gautier had been in Iraq since January,
according to Army documents. He received
the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Global War
on Terrorism Service Medal.
He graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School
in Garden Grove in 2005, school district spokesman Alan Trudell said. He was a captain on the water polo team his
senior year and was voted “Most Dependable” of the senior class
– “happy to help whenever needed,” according to the school’s
His brother Evan remembers him as a “goofy
kid,” quick to laugh. And unlike
Evan, he could stay calm in emergencies and never blanched at the sight of
blood – one reason he set his sights on nursing.
He decided to join the Army after long talks
with his brother – and knowing that he would likely be sent to war. The danger didn’t seem to bother him. “He
was willing to make that sacrifice,” Evan said. “We never thought,
of course… we never thought it would come to this.”
Gautier explained his decision on his MySpace
page: “I need a change, I need some structure, and I need a main (focus)
in life… I want to be an adult. I want to have my family be proud of me
for what and who I am.”
He ended the post: “I am going to miss
so much, but I know I will gain so much more by doing this.”
His family last saw him during Christmas,
right before he shipped out for Iraq. His
mother and brother pooled their money to fly him home for the holidays from his
base at Fort Carson, Colo.
Once in Iraq, he told his family his job was
to listen for calls for help to come over the radio, then jump into a Humvee
and go. He also said he went out on
patrols sometimes, although he couldn’t tell them specific details.
Gautier was at a police station in Mosul,
Iraq, on Friday when a suicide bomber drove up in a truck loaded with an
estimated ton of explosives. The
explosion killed him, the four other soldiers and two Iraqi policemen, and
wounded 62 others, including an American soldier.
Gautier’s father – whom he
described as “my biggest hero ever” -- had died on April 10, 2008
– one year to the day before his death. The family was getting ready to go to a
memorial service when they were notified of Gautier’s death in Iraq.
The Department of Defense identified the
other soldiers killed in the blast as Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport,
Iowa; Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr., 24, of Lebanon Junction, Ky.; Staff Sgt.
Bryan E. Hall, 25, of Elk Grove; and Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St.
In addition to his brother, Gautier is
survived by his mother, Heidi Frankel; his sister-in-law, Nicole Gautier; and a
close family friend, Karen Cox. The
family is still making arrangements for a memorial service.
Iowa Soldier ‘Believed In What He Was Doing’
April 13, 2009 By MOLLY HOTTLE, Des Moines
U.S. Army Cpl. Jason Graham Pautsch had
always wanted to join the Army.
The 20-year-old’s bedroom in his dad’s
Davenport home is still decorated with Army advertisements and posters of
soldiers scaling mountainsides.
But he won’t be coming home in May, as
he had planned.
Pautsch, a 2007 Davenport North High School
graduate, was among five Americans killed last week when a suicide bomber
rammed a truck filled with explosives into a wall surrounding police
headquarters near Mosul in northern Iraq.
Military officials have described it as the
single deadliest attack against U.S. forces in more than a year.
Pautsch was a squadron leader
in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division and was the 70th person with Iowa
ties to be killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Des Moines
David Pautsch was informed of his son’s
death Friday night, just 12 hours after the two had spoken on the phone. “He believed in what he was doing,”
David Pautsch said. “This is what he wanted to do.”
Jason Pautsch’s body was flown back to
the United States on Sunday along with those of the other four soldiers
killed. The five flag-draped transfer
cases arrived aboard an Atlas Air 747 cargo jet that touched down at Dover Air
Force Base about 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Family members, including David Pautsch,
arrived to see the cases with the bodies waiting atop a cargo lift alongside
A six-member transfer team from the Army’s
Old Guard in Washington and an eight-member Air Force team moved the cases off
the lift in an efficient, tightly choreographed process. As teams moved each case toward the waiting
van, officers on the plane and on the ground called for a salute.
The process lasted 20 minutes, during which
time family members were screened from journalists.
Sunday’s dignified transfer was the
third to take place with journalists present since Defense Secretary Robert
Gates decided last month to end an 18-year media ban and allow access when
families grant permission.
David Pautsch said Saturday that his son wasn’t
always on the right path, but after a serious bicycle motocross accident in
2003, Pautsch’s life turned in a different direction.
“Jason was feeling like he was going to
die,” David Pautsch said. “So we prayed. His life changed; he
developed a heart for God.”
Pautsch is the second North graduate to die
in Iraq. U.S. Army Pfc. Katie Soenksen,
a 2005 graduate, was killed in 2007 when her convoy was attacked in Baghdad.
Davenport North High Principal Jane
Artman-Andrews said grief counselors will be available for students and
teachers this week.
“It brings the reality of the war home,”
Artman-Andrews said. “We hear about it on the news and read about it in
the newspaper, but when it touches the lives of those whom we sat in class with
and went to prom with, it’s an entirely different story.”
Kerry Meyer, 20, of Davenport had been close
friends with Pautsch since sixth grade. Meyer
said knowing what importance Pautsch’s faith had to him gave him closure. “If it weren’t for his faith, I
would feel worse about the whole situation,” Meyer said. “Hopefully,
everyone can just remember the good times we had with him.”
Jason Pautsch is survived by his father; his
mother, Teri Johnson of Moline, Ill.; three brothers; and one sister. The
funeral will be at Calvary Church of the Quad Cities in Moline. Details are
Bullitt Soldier Is Among 5 Killed In Iraq Attack
April 13, 2009 Sheryl Edelen and AP,
A Shepherdsville, Ky., native was one of the
five U.S. soldiers killed Friday in an attack that Army officials said was the
deadliest against U.S. troops in Iraq in more than a year.
Army Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr., 24, and
four other soldiers were killed Friday when a bomber driving a truck detonated
a ton of explosives near a police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul,
the Associated Press reported. The U.S.
military said that Iraqi police were the bomber’s target and that the
Americans were caught up as bystanders.
Woods’ father, Gary Woods Sr., said
that his son, who went by his middle name, Lee, was a talented musician who
sang and played the trombone, drums, piano and guitar while a student at
Bullitt Central High School. He was also a member of the school’s
But after finding satisfaction in ROTC
classes, his son entered the military after high school, he said.
“He joined the Army just as we were
going into the second gulf war,” Woods Sr. said by telephone from his
home in Lebanon Junction. “He knew the chances were that we’d still
be in it, but he was convinced that’s what he wanted.”
Woods rose to staff sergeant and was leading
the soldiers’ mission the day they died, his father said.
The other soldiers killed in the attack were
Staff Sgt. Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, Calif.; Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr.,
25, of St. Louis; Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport, Iowa; and Pvt. Bryce
E. Gautier, 22, of Cypress, Calif.
All were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th
Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort
Woods was on his third tour in Iraq and was
to return to the United States in four months, his father said. He was to be
reassigned to Fort Knox, where he and his wife, Christie, who had been his high
school girlfriend, could be closer to family.
Woods Sr. said his son had spoken off and on
about making a career of the Army and had just re-enlisted. But his son had
also been thinking of life after military service.
“He really wanted to get out and start
having a family,” his father said.
His son was mature and cared about others,
which made him both a good soldier and a good person, Woods Sr. said.
“I want everyone to know what a good
man he was.”
More Silly Propaganda Bullshit:
Same Al Qaeda Leader Captured For The 764th
25 April 2009 (Reuters)
BAGHDAD - Iraqi officials won’t know
for a couple more days whether a man arrested this week is indeed the leader of
an Al Qaeda-affiliated insurgent group blamed for violence in Iraq, a senior
military official said on Saturday.
Major General Qassim al-Moussawi, spokesman
for Baghdad security operations, said documents discovered with the man
arrested on Thursday suggested he was Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, head of the
self-styled Islamic State of Iraq (ISI).
“To obtain irrefutable results about
Baghdadi’s identity, we are waiting for results of the DNA test and
testimony from key al Qaeda leaders we have in custody who have worked with
him,” Moussawi said.
He said results of the investigation would be
released in about two days.
Neither U.S. nor Iraqi
officials have so far been able to confirm the man detained in Baghdad is
Baghdadi, who has been reported killed and captured before.
Some security analysts believe
Baghdadi does not exist, speculating he is a fictional character invented by al
Qaeda in Iraq to give an Iraqi face to what is otherwise a foreign
organisation. His name could be a title
of sorts, passed from one person to another, analysts say.
No, Resistance Isn’t Over;
Not Even Close
04/25/09 By Ernesto Londono and Aziz Alwan, WASHINGTON
“Saddam Hussein led Iraq very well!”
a distraught woman yelled to a reporter Friday as she cradled a young, weeping
son. Her 35-year-old husband was among
the dead, she said.
“We have a corrupt government.
“They can’t protect us. If you’re a man, publish that!”
Attacks U.S. Humvee In Convoy North Of Baiji;
23 April 2009 HEYET Net
An improvised explosive device went off targeting a vehicle of the
American occupation forces in the province of Salahuddin in northern Iraq on
Witnesses said that the IED targeted a Humvee, part of an American
occupation forces convoy on the road Baiji - Mosul which led to total
destruction of Humvee killing and wounding occupation soldiers inside it.
Witnesses added that the attack occurred north of the city of Baiji, a
few kilometers from the city center where occupation forces quickly cut the
road for several hours.
They said: “The air ambulances rushed to the place of the attack
for the transfer of the bodies of the dead and to evacuate the injured. Other military aircraft were in search for
perpetrators of the attack.”
The Baghdad - Mosul road often witnesses Iraqi resistance attacks
targeting U.S. occupation convoys.
04/23/09 AFP & (Reuters) & HEYET Net
1920 Revolution Brigades, one of the
resistance factions operation under Jihad and Change Front, claimed
responsibility for damaging a tanker of the U.S. occupation forces in
Baghdad. The statement of the brigade
said the tanker was damaged as a result of an explosive device planted by
insurgents on the side of the road west of Baghdad.
At least five people were killed on Thursday in an explosion near a
national police patrol in southeast Baghdad, according to security officials
and a medical source at a nearby hospital.
The interior ministry official said the blast targeted a patrol in
Al-Tahariyat square and that the dead included at least three policemen.
A roadside bomb killed three people and wounded three from a
U.S.-backed militia in the town of al-Udhaim, 90 km (60 miles) north of
Baghdad, police said. Police said one of
the dead was Mubarak Humadi al-Ubaidi, a leader of the patrolmen, or “Sahwa,”
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
April 23 (KUNA) & April 24 (Reuters) & By AMIR SHAH and FISNIK
ABRASHI - Associated Press Writer & 04/25/09 (CNN)
A policeman and seven Taliban militants were killed in Khak-e-Safid
district of Afghanistan's western Farah province.
A roadside bomb killed three Afghan soldiers and wounded five others in
Garda Serai district, 120 km (75 miles) south of Kabul, provincial police chief
Aziz Ahmad Wardak said.
In the capital Friday, a police officer was
killed by a bomb inside a package left at a checkpoint. Police stopped a man
walking with the large package in southern Kabul before dawn, and the man
quickly dropped the box and ran off, said Ahsib Arian, the district police
chief. An officer was killed when he
looked inside the box, he said.
Five security officials were killed Saturday
morning by bombers who were targeting the governor's office in Kandahar,
Afghanistan, government officials said.
Three suspects were near the governor's compound when they detonated
their bombs, officials said. “One
detonated on the street outside the compound. The other entered a container
where police stay and detonated there. The other entered through the compound
door and blew himself up,” said Ahmad Wali Karzai, head of the provincial
council in Kandahar.
The governor was not harmed. Two
police officers and three security guards were killed. Eight others were injured in the bombing.
BEEN ON THE JOB TOO
COME ON HOME, NOW
U.S. soldier patrols in Logar province April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
Stupid Evil Piece Of Shit Traitor Tells Marines That Endless Deployments Are
Good For Them:
Off To Afghanistan
Now? No Problem For Him:
These Men And Women Want To Be In The Fight”
April 23, 2009 By JENNIFER HLAD, Jacksonville
Daily News [Excerpts]
The Marines had a special guest at their
training Thursday, as they wrap up pre-deployment exercises in preparation for
a tour in Afghanistan.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited
Camp Lejeune, stopping by to watch 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
conduct a mock attack on a village at the Military Operations in Urban Terrain
facility, and see 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, train to recognize
The Marines will leave in the next few weeks
to join the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in southern Afghanistan.
He addressed a question about
repeated deployments, saying the fact that many service members are on their
fourth or fifth deployment makes them “the most battle hardened force the
United States has probably ever had in its history.”
“I think these men and
women want to be in the fight,” he said.
Democrat Party Loves The New Emperor:
“Firmly Behind” Funding To Kill More
U.S. Troops And Afghans
[Thanks to Phil G, who sent this in.]
April 23, 2009 By CARL HULSE, The New York
Times Company [Excerpts]
Unlike the repeated partisan clashes between
the Bush administration and Democratic leaders over war financing, the party’s
leadership of the House and Senate is now firmly behind the new Democratic
“Afghanistan is where the terrorist
threat exists to the world, not just the United States,” said the House
speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who said the Bush administration’s decision to
focus on Iraq left unfinished a mission in Afghanistan that originally had
broad support in Congress.
CAN’T BE COUNTED ON TO HALT THE BLOODSHED
TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WARS
Interview With A Pirate:
“The Only Way The Piracy Can Stop Is If
(Somalia) Gets An Effective Government That Can Defend Our Fish”
“And Then We Will Disarm, Give Our Boats To
That Government And Will Be Ready To Work”
[Thanks to Carl Foster, Military Project
& Veterans For Peace, who sent this in.]
22 April 2009 By Mohamed Olad Hassan, BBC
A 25-year-old Somali pirate has told the BBC’s
Mohamed Olad Hassan by telephone from the notorious den of Harardhere in
central Somalia why he became a sea bandit. Dahir Mohamed Hayeysi says he and
his big-spending accomplices are seen by many as heroes.
I used to be a fisherman with a poor family
that depended only on fishing.
The first day joining the pirates came into
my mind was in 2006.
A group of our villagers, mainly fishermen I
knew, were arming themselves.
One of them told me that they wanted to
hijack ships, which he said were looting our sea resources.
He told me it was a national service with a
lot of money in the end. Then I took my
gun and joined them.
Years ago we used to fish a lot, enough for
us to eat and sell in the markets.
Then illegal fishing and dumping of toxic
wastes by foreign fishing vessels affected our livelihood, depleting the fish
I had no other choice but to join my