Torture Under Obama – Iraq War Logs

October 26, 2010

“You know we don’t do body counts.”
– Gen. Tommy Franks, March 18, 2002

“There are more children caught in conflict, in war around the world, than at any time … Indeed, victims of war today are largely civilian – largely women and children.”
Carol Bellamy, Director of UNICEF 1995-2005

The undeniable and ugly truth of the illegal war in Iraq is coming out.  This Iraqi girl has just seen both her parents killed by U.S. forces at Tel Afar.  
Photo: Images of a Bloody War, Iraq War Logs Spiegel

“U.S. soldiers killed innocent Iraqi civilians at road checkpoints. In one incident, in September 2005, when a car failed to stop they fired warning shots before opening fire with automatic light machine guns, killing a man and a woman and wounding their children.”
Wikileaks Iraq war logs: key findings, Telegraph (U.K.), October 25, 2010


The reports from the Iraq war show that, despite Obama’s public commitment to eschew torture, U.S. forces turned detainees over to Iraqi forces even after signs of abuse. Documents also show that U.S. interrogators continued to question Iraqi detainees, some of whom were still recovering from injuries or whose wounds were still visible after being held by Iraqi security forces.
“WikiLeaks docs raise questions of Obama policies”, by Raphael G. Satter and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press, October 25, 2010

On October 22, WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports (‘The Iraq War Logs’), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009…They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq…The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths. That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the ‘Afghan War Diaries’, previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivalent population size.
– Wikileaks Iraq War Logs

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was denied residency in Sweden following a sting operation designed to lead to malicious prosecution, exactly like that I went through in Chicago’s Cook County in 2006-2007.

Camp Bucca, Iraq – This photo from May 2008 shows a barbed wire corridor inside the U.S.  “detention center” near the Kuwait-Iraq border. According to U.S. figures, the camp held 19,070 detainees at the time.  The camp is named after Ronald Bucca, a NYC Fire Marshal who died on 9/11, although neither Iraq nor the camp detainees had anything to do with the false-flag terrorism of 9/11.   Naming the camp after a victim of 9/11 is part of the deception of the U.S. military.

Camp Bucca is a modern day concentration camp in an illegal war of aggression.  Will the people behind this criminal war face a Nuremberg Trial?

Note on usage:

concentration camp – a type of prison, often consisting of a number of buildings inside a fence, where political prisoners are kept in extremely bad conditions
Source – Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 7th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005

Gen. David H. Petraeus described Camp Bucca as he found it in 2007: 

“When I took command of Multinational Force-Iraq in February 2007, we still had Camp Bucca with 17,000 detainees at that time and it grew larger,” said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, International Security Assistance Force and commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. “We still had all of the detainees in huge enclosures. It was just fenced-in enclosures of about 800 to 900 detainees per enclosure. Obviously, we have come a long way since then.”

Source: “Petraeus Discusses Future of Afghan Detainees” by U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Maria Yager, Parwan Province, Afghanistan, September 30, 2010

A concentration camp is defined by Merriam Webster as a camp where persons (as prisoners of war, political prisoners, or refugees) are detained or confined.  The Holocaust Encyclopedia has the following definition, which correctly describes U.S. camps like Camp Bucca:

The term concentration camp refers to a camp in which people are detained or confined, usually under harsh conditions and without regard to legal norms of arrest and imprisonment that are acceptable in a constitutional democracy. In Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945, concentration camps (Konzentrationslager; KL or KZ) were an integral feature of the regime.

Source: “Concentration Camps”, Holocaust Encyclopedia, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 

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