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GI Special 7D17: They Built Hell [ 26 April 2009 ]

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".


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GI Special 7D17: They Built Hell [ 26 April 2009 ]

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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 Times [Excerpts]

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 underwear.


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 al-Bidawi says.

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 rife.

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 militiamen.

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 court.

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 was blindfolded.


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 centres.


“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 said.

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 Occupation;

[She Is 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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Brother: Cypress Soldier Who Was Killed ‘Wanted To Help’

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


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 the Army.

“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 2005 yearbook.

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. Louis.

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 Register

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 Register records.

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 the aircraft.

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 pending.


Bullitt Soldier Is Among 5 Killed In Iraq Attack

April 13, 2009 Sheryl Edelen and AP, Louisville Courier-Journal

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 football team.

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 Carson, Colo.

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 Time


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 POST [Excerpt]

“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!” she cried.


Resistance Attacks U.S. Humvee In Convoy North Of Baiji;

Casualties Reported


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 Wednesday afternoon


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.


Resistance Action


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,” in al-Udhaim.






Resistance Action


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.




A U.S. soldier of the 3rd Platoon Cherokee Troop from the 3rd ...

A U.S. soldier patrols in Logar province April 13, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood



This Worthless Stupid Evil Piece Of Shit Traitor Tells Marines That Endless Deployments Are Good For Them:

Off To Afghanistan Now? No Problem For Him:

“I Think 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 roadside bombs.

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 administration.

“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.






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 stocks.

I had no other choice but to join my co

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