Information Clearing House  Digest May 8-13 2004
Date: 13 May 2004

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1 YEAR – 34 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Israeli missile strikes kill 19 Palestinians:

The deaths bring to 19 the number of Palestinians killed since Wednesday.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/06426FFC-EAF2-40C1-B6FC-101839CA3F7B.htm

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Three Iraqis and Two US soldiers killed:

“We have three people killed and seven wounded, three of them seriously,” said Hassan Toufaili, a doctor at the city's Hakim hospital. “Most of the casualties are civilians.”
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=9978

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More Fighting in Iraqi Holy City of Kerbala:

Gunfire echoed from narrow streets just a few hundred yards from the Imam Hussein mosque, one of Shi'ite Islam's most revered shrines which sits in the center of the city.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5131498

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Rumsfeld rushes to Iraq after admitting US mission may fail:

On the transfer of authority, he told the senators: “Will it happen right on time? I think so. I hope so. Will it be perfect? No . . . Is it possible it won't work? Yes.”
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/13/1084289823183.html

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2005 request for war funds to top $50 billion

Bush administration officials predicted Thursday that new spending requests for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will total more than $50 billion in the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4970228/

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America's military coup:

Donald Rumsfeld has a new war on his hands – the US officer corps has turned on the government
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1215562,00.html

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Abuse troops in X-rated movie:

Private Lynndie England, was seen engaged in graphic sex acts with other soldiers in front of Iraqi prisoners, Pentagon officials said.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9556450%255E401,00.html

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Abuse began at another jail in Iraq :

Some of the U.S. soldiers who were photographed sexually humiliating prisoners at deposed dictator Saddam Hussein's most notorious prison were also at Camp Bucca last year, when the facility was rocked by allegations that detainees were beaten.
www.nydailynews.com/front/story/191682p-165691c.html

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Former prisoner calls U.S. center a Œtorture camp‚ :

Widespread mistreatment by soldiers in Camp Bucca detention center in southern Iraq was as inhumane as that depicted in recent photos from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
www.columbiatribune.com/2004/May/20040508News026.asp

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Chilling new evidence of the brutal regime at Iraqi prison :

“We actually shot two prisoners today,” she says. “One got shot in the chest for swinging a pole against our people on the feed team. One got shot in the arm. We don‚t know if the one we shot in the chest is dead yet.”
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=542742004

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A GI's Iraq Prison Video Diary:

A U.S. soldier's home video from Camp Bucca in Southern Iraq, where American soldiers have been accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners. “We've already had two prisoners die…but who cares? That's two less for me to worry about.” videotaped comments of one U.S. soldier.

Video and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6182.htm

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Secret US jails hold 10,000 :

Almost 10,000 prisoners from President George W. Bush's so-called war on terror are being held around the world in secretive American-run jails and interrogation centres similar to the notorious Abu Ghraib Prison.
tinyurl.com/2y5pc

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Pro-Pain Pundits:

Torture advocates defy U.S., international law
www.fair.org/extra/0201/pro-pain.html

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Ted Rall: Behold The Torture Apologists

Incredible as it seems, these “Americans” actually approve of torture.
www.uexpress.com/tedrall/

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PPfc. Lynndie England Talks about Iraqi Prison Scandal:

As for who gave England and the others the orders, she said, “persons in my chain of command.”
abclocal.go.com/wtvd/news/print_051204_NW_englandtalks.html

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Abuse included rape :

The abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops went beyond the photos seen by most Americans, shaken lawmakers said Wednesday after viewing fresh pictures and video that they said depicted forced sex, brutality and dogs snarling at cowed prisoners.
www.qctimes.com/internal.php?story_id=1028158&t=Nation+%2F+World&c=26,1028158

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America's gulag :

Stephen Grey uncovers a secret global network of prisons and planes that allows the US to hand over its enemies for interrogation, and sometimes torture, by the agents of its more unsavoury allies
tinyurl.com/5w5a

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General took Guantánamo rules for prisoner interrogation to Iraq :

When Major General Geoffrey Miller arrived in Iraq last August with a team of military police and intelligence specialists, the group was confronted by chaos.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=519757.html

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Excuse us Mr. Bush You owe us more than that reluctant apology! :

We want an apology for the agony and pains you caused to the Iraqis who were living in exile and were watching their country burned by your troops and were unable to do anything.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6180.htm

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Trophies of Inhumanity:

Washington has been delivered from its shame by ignorant, malevolent hands, acting with as little principle or morality as the Americans who took the prison photos.
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=44854&d=13&m=5&y=2004

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Muslim Authorities Condemn Berg Killing:

These scholars are major voices of the Muslim mainstream. They should be listened to on such matters.
www.juancole.com/2004_05_01_juancole_archive.html#108442400579177434

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Police chief denies arresting beheaded american :

A young American decapitated on a videotape released this week told friends that he was arrested by Iraqi police in Mosul because he had an Israeli stamp in his passport. The Mosul police chief today denied having arrested him.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/05/13/story147417.html

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Who Detained Slain American?:

The family of slain American Nick Berg had claimed the U.S. government detained him just before militants kidnapped him. But the FBI says Iraqi police detained Nick Berg, and the Iraqi police say they did not.
wfrv.com/topstories/topstories_story_134101951.html

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Police thought beheaded man a spy:

THE American beheaded by al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq had been arrested by local police on suspicion of spying, it was revealed last night.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9556451%255E401,00.html

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Beheaded Man's Firm Was On Right-Wing 'Enemies' List:

The family firm of beheaded American Nick Berg, was named by a conservative website in a list of 'enemies' of the Iraq occupation. That could explain his arrest by Iraqi police
www.kathymcmahon.utvinternet.com/mrn/NickBergEnemiesList.htm

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Cold Turkey :

Many years ago, I was so innocent I still considered it possible that we could become the humane and reasonable America so many members of my generation used to dream of.
www.duckdaotsu.org/cold_turkey.html

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Army training memo reveals neglect for human-rights law:

Complying with Geneva rules not 'critical' part of new crash course in prisoner interrogations
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38460

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Harsh C.I.A. Methods Cited in Top Qaeda Interrogations:

Growing concerns inside the agency about abuses, according to current and former counterterrorism officials.
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/13/politics/13DETA.html?position=&ei=5062&en=
f4df7ec51a3252e0&ex=1085025600&adxnnl=1&partner=GOOGLE

tinyurl.com/2guqj

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Private Contractors and Torture at Abu Ghraib, Iraq:
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/12/1420257

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As Americans, in the year 2004:

We deserve more than a foreign policy that makes us targets of international derision∑and worse. As Americans, in the year 2004, we deserve more than an ignorant, ex-alcoholic and coke snorting frat-boy
yellowtimes.org/article.php?sid=1926&mode=thread&order=0

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Army Defends Soldiers Escorting Civilians :

Gov. Bob Holden , alleged at a Capitol news conference Wednesday that American soldiers are being asked ``to perform a function that they are not trained to perform for a private company and private interest that is not their responsibility.''
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4084281,00.html

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Juan Cole: Iraq: all together against the occupation:

The US envisaged its presence in Iraq as a grand nation-building exercise. How ironic that so many Iraqis are coming together with the goal of expelling the US.
mondediplo.com/2004/05/03iraqinationalism?var_recherche=Cole

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Germans Say They Warned Powell's Data On Iraq Arms Was Tainted:

German government officials claim the CIA disregarded their warnings about the unreliability of a key piece of Iraqi weapons intelligence that was featured prominently in last year's landmark address to the United Nations by Secretary of State Colin Powell.
forward.com/main/article.php?ref=perelman20040512819

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Strategist: Invasion of Iraq was a mistake:

President Bush's pre-emptive war on Iraq was ill-conceived “and may have set the United States on a course of open-ended and gratuitous conflict with states and nonstate entities that pose no serious threat to the United States,‰
128.242.151.55/index.php?progreso=Invasion&otherweek=1077602400

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A spy case stunner:

A judge allowed a US airman from Dearborn accused of trying to spy for Syria to await trial outside military prison
www.sacbee.com/content/news/courts_legal/story/9276236p-10201168c.html

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Flaws in the American way of life :

Why we expect so much of America is a puzzle. What misleads us about the US is its commitment to many liberal values: free speech, a free press, a robust legal system and lots of voting, for example. But this is also a country that incarcerates two million (about one in every 140) of its residents – the world's highest rate of imprisonment.
www.newstatesman.com/site.php3?newTemplate=NSArticle_People&newDisplayURN=200405170001

tinyurl.com/2jm2g

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Greg Palast: Fear For Sale:

Not one single U.S. citizen hijacked a plane, yet President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft, through powers seized then codified in the USA PATRIOT Act, fingered 270 million of us for surveillance, for searches, for tracking, for watching.
www.duckdaotsu.org/FearForSale.html

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Fury mounts after brutal Nigerian riot leaves morgue overflowing:

Religious anger was mounting in Nigeria after two days of rioting between Muslims and Christians in the northern city of Kano left morgues overflowing and thousands homeless.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/84778/1/.html

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Date: 12 May 2004
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1 YEAR – 33 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Religious riot rages in Nigeria:

Muslim and Christian militants are fighting bloody street battles in Nigeria's northern city of Kano for a second day, killing at least 15 people, witnesses say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=509355&section=news

tinyurl.com/24tbv

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Filipinos killed in US camp attack:

Four Filipino workers have been killed in Iraq in a mortar attack on a US military camp amid continuing clashes across the country.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BE98792D-004C-407E-8A41-79825510A7A6.htm

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Report: Blast KillsAnother 6 Israeli Soldiers :

It was the second such bombing in two days. On Tuesday, six Israeli soldiers were killed when their armored personnel carrier was shredded by a roadside bomb in Gaza City, prompting a massive Israeli incursion into a densely populated neighborhood.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4082510,00.html

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Israeli Missile Kills Three Palestinians:

An Israeli helicopter on Wednesday fired a missile in Gaza's Zeitoun neighborhood, killing at least three Palestinians, Palestinian officials said.
customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PALESTINIANS_EXPLOSION
?SITE=APWEB&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

tinyurl.com/36hpq

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Israeli troops kill another Palestinian in Gaza Strip:

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian in Gaza City, Palestinian medical sources said, bringing to four the number killed here during an army operation in the Zeitun district.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040512/wl
_mideast_afp/mideast_unrest_gaza_toll_040512123009

tinyurl.com/3drgz

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Palestinians hold Israelis' remains to ransom for release of prisoners:

In a macabre development, armed factions, whose members displayed some of the body parts for photographers, said that they were willing to negotiate their handover, apparently in return for the release of Palestinian prisoners.
news.independent.co.uk/low_res/story.jsp?story=520367&host=3&dir=75

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Israeli Soldiers Launch Gaza Incursion:

Israeli troops launched a massive incursion into a Gaza neighborhood on Wednesday, firing missiles, demolishing buildings.
customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/ISRAEL_PALESTINIANS?SITE
=APWEB&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

tinyurl.com/2x3cs

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Taliban Kill Two Afghan Soldiers:

Taliban guerrillas killed two Afghan soldiers on a U.S.-funded highway in a troubled southeastern province where American troops continue to arrest suspected militants, a senior Afghan commander said.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap
-afghan-taliban-attacks,0,1264009.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

tinyurl.com/23ooo

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U.S. attacks mosque in holy city:

The U.S. military attacked a mosque in this holy city late Tuesday in its largest assault against the forces of the young rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/special_packages/iraq/8647446.htm?1c

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Sadr tells Mehdi Army to fight on:

Radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has vowed to continue his fight against US forces in Iraq but says he will disband his militia if asked by Shia leaders.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3707771.stm

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Nick Berg's Parents Say US Abandoned Him:

As West Chester mourns the brutal death of native son Nick Berg at the hands of Iraqi terrorists, his parents want to know why he was detained by the US military there and why he wasn't escorted out of Iraq after he was released.
www.kyw1060.com/news_story_detail.cfm?newsitemid=37563

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U.S. spokesman says decapitated American was never held by U.S. forces :

Dan Senor said that Berg, was never under U.S. custody despite claims from his family
www.boston.com/dailynews/133/world/U_S_spokesman_says_decapitated:.shtml

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Beheaded hostage 'had been warned to leave Iraq' :

A US civilian hostage who was beheaded in Iraq had been warned to leave the country but refused to, US officials said today.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1215103,00.html

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In case you missed it: West Chester contractor missing in Iraq :

Nick Berg was on his way out of Iraq. He had been released from the prison where he had been held for 13 days by Iraqi police for reasons he said he did not know. He had made his way from Mosul to his Baghdad hotel. He was finished with being an independent civilian contractor and was coming home to West Chester.
scrantontimes.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=11615534
&BRD=2185&PAG=461&dept_id=533290&rfi=6

tinyurl.com/2kg6y

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Iraqis Shocked by Beheading, Despair Over Violence:

Most Baghdad residents on Wednesday condemned al Qaeda's beheading of a U.S. civilian in Iraq, but many said his death was just the latest atrocity in a cycle of violence that is driving them to despair.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5119272

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Arab media condemns beheading :

Arab media reacted cautiously to the beheading of an American civilian on a video issued by an associate of Osama bin Laden, with some newspapers conspicuously playing it down or even ignoring it.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/05/12/story147215.html

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$10m for hostage killer :

THE US is offering a $10 million bounty for the capture of the al-Qaeda fanatic who beheaded American hostage Nick Berg.
www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2004220667,00.html

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Friends Worry About Missing Contractor :

Bradley, of Chesterfield, and another truck driver, Timothy Bell of Mobile, Ala., have been missing since April 9 when their fuel convoy was attacked outside Baghdad. Both work for the Halliburton subsidiary KBR. A military man taking part in the convoy, Pfc. Keith M. Maupin of Batavia, Ohio, also remains missing.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4082488,00.html

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Awful images change perception of the war :

The video of a U.S. civilian being beheaded by Iraqi extremists represents a profound and disturbing shift in the Iraq conflict: Graphic images are humanizing the toll of the war, heightening emotions on both sides, say experts.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/05/12/MNGMO6K22R1.DTL

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The slaughter of Nick Berg:

In the U.S., rallying cry for hawks and doves: A reason to get out — or to dig in?
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2004%2F05%2F12%2FMNGMO6K22V1.DTL

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A Double Ordeal for Female Prisoners:

One woman told her attorney she was forced to disrobe in front of male prison guards. After much coaxing, another woman described how she was raped by U.S. soldiers. Then she fainted.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6176.htm

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Focus shifts to jail abuse of women :

According to Prof Shaker, several women held in Abu Ghraib jail were sexually abused, including one who was raped by an American military policeman and became pregnant. She has now disappeared.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1214698,00.html

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UNICEF 'disturbed' over child abuse claims:

The United Nations children‚s agency said today it was “profoundly disturbed‰ by reports that children may have been abused in prisons in Iraq.
breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=44410006&p=444yx3x8

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Ex-Iraq Official Says U.S. Forces Covered Up Abuses:

Iraq's Governing Council long suspected abuses at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison but American soldiers covered them up each time Iraqi officials went to investigate, the former interior minister said Wednesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5119919

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Prisoners' early accounts of extensive Iraq abuse met U.S. silence:

Detailed allegations of psychological abuse, deprivation, beatings and deaths at U.S.-run prisons in Iraq were met by public silence from the U.S. Army last October — six months before shocking photographs stirred world outrage and demands for action.
tinyurl.com/2o946

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Soldier's video diary of abuse to be broadcast:

A US soldier's video diary showing her disdain for Iraqi detainees who died in her charge is to be broadcast by a US network tomorrow in a further escalation of the prisoner abuse scandal that has shaken the Bush administration and provoked world outrage.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/12/1084289738928.html

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The Doctrine of Atrocity: U.S. against “them”˜a tradition of institutionalized brutality.

“Kill one man, terrorize a thousand,” reads a sign on the wall of the U.S. Marines' sniper school at Camp Pendleton in California.
www.villagevoice.com/issues/0419/turse.php

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Rumsfeld approved 'harsh' interrogation:

Including stripping detainees naked, making them hold “stress” positions and depriving them of sleep, a Pentagon official has confirmed.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/12/1084289748000.html

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US Senator: 'Outraged by the Outrage' Over Iraqi Prisoner Abuse:

“These prisoners, they are murderers, terrorists, they are insurgents, many of them probably have blood on their hands. And here we are so concerned about the treatment of those individuals.”
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Republican Senator says Iraqis deserved it :

Uber-Conservative Republican Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) just said on CNN that the Iraqi prisoners basically deserved what they got:
americablog.blogspot.com/2004/05/video-republican-senator-says-iraqis.html

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William Pfaff: Who ordered 'shock and awe'? :

To what extent have the policies of the Bush administration – and the values and attitudes that have characterized the conduct of the so-called war against terror – contributed to a state of mind and morale in the American military that opened the way to the torture, abuse and, in some cases, apparent murder of prisoners in Iraq:
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=519400.html

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Genital Torture For Dummies : Hey, it's a war — what did you expect?

And, really, what Bush-votin' flag-wavin' God-numbed patriot wants to hear that the U.S. is a world-class hypocrite, committing many of the same crimes and tortures, rapes and humiliations that Saddam himself did, in the very same prison
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=%2Fgate%2F
archive%2F2004%2F05%2F12%2Fnotes051204.DTL

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Trailer trash… but no less American: :

How is it that the American public, which is so clearly – some would say, naïvely – idealistic in its view of itself as pure of motive and high of principle, can let its leaders off so relatively lightly? Why is it so ready to dismiss grotesque abuses of power by its own armed forces as of little political significance?
www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/05/12/do1202.xml

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A Sorry Bunch: No Apology Necessary—Off to the Hague!:

Sick products of a sick system, those who do the dirty work for empire will be sent to bursting jails to be overseen by some of their former colleagues. Meanwhile, the architects of the terror may (though probably not) lose some of their government pensions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6178.htm

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General Who Made Anti-Islam Remark Tied to POW Case:

The U.S. Army general under investigation for anti-Islamic remarks has been linked by U.S. officials to the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, which experts warned could touch off new outrage overseas.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5109973

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Indian defence minister condemns US treatment of Iraqi prisoners:

“Not only does it indicate a breakdown of ethical standards in the chain of command of the US army, but it indicates scant regard for international laws and basic humanitarian conduct,” Fernandes said in a statement.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040511120216.6swpub6r.html

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Iraq Prisoners Torture Condemns West :

The alleged torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British and America troops condemns the whole of the West in the eyes of the Arab world, the former archbishop of Canterbury said Wednesday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4081279,00.html

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Prison Abuse Said Bigger to U.S. Than 9/11 :

The scandal of prisoner abuses by U.S. soldiers in Iraq has dealt a bigger blow to the United States than the Sept. 11 attacks, the Vatican foreign minister told an Italian newspaper.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20040512/ap_on_re_eu/vatican_prisoner_abuse

tinyurl.com/3gq9n

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Some suggest post-Sept. 11 quest for vengeance created atmosphere conducive to abuse of Iraqis:

``Let's Roll'' was a common battle cry, evoking the defiant passengers aboard one of the planes hijacked in those attacks. Soldiers displayed flags from Ground Zero and images of the World Center's twin towers.
wcco.com/national/PrisonerAbuse-Sept11-aa/resources_news_html

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Ex-official in Afghanistan says he also was abused:

A former Afghan police colonel gave a graphic account this week of being subjected to beating, kicking, sleep deprivation, taunts and sexual abuse during about 40 days he spent in U.S. custody last summer. He also said he was repeatedly photographed, often while naked.
www.oregonlive.com/metro/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/exclude/108436322859910.xml

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US Forces in Afghanistan Investigate New Prisoner Abuse Allegations:

U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Tucker Mansager says the probe is based on charges of human rights abuse at the main U.S.-run prison camp at Baghram air base.
tinyurl.com/253t6

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Blair's perversity does him harm and Iraq no good :

Iraq is near meltdown. The White House and Downing Street seem transfixed in a state of denial, incapable even of damage limitation. The UN – the last best chance – is on the brink of walking away from Iraq, leaving Bush and Blair to reap the whirlwind they have sown.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1214642,00.html

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Patrick J. Buchanan : A time for truth:

The neoconservative hour is over. All the blather about “empire,” our “unipolar moment,” “Pax Americana” and “benevolent global hegemony” will be quietly put on a shelf and forgotten as infantile prattle. The retreat of American empire, begun at Fallujah, is underway.
www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38454

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Ex-National Security Agency Head Calls For U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq:

Lt. Gen. William Odom has become the highest ranking retired general calling for U.S. troops to completely withdraw. He served as director of the National Security Agency under President Reagan.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/12/1420241

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Netherlands to Review Iraq Participation :

The Netherlands is reviewing participation in the U.S.-led stabilization force in Iraq after a Dutch soldier was killed in a grenade attack, the prime minister said Tuesday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=518&e=
19&u=/ap/20040511/ap_on_re_eu/netherlands_iraq_1

tinyurl.com/2m8nm

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Italian opposition demands Iraq troops recall:

The Italian opposition has called for the immediate return of the country's troops serving in Iraq to protest the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by occupation forces.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1106271.htm

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Bush Imposes Export Ban Against Syria:

President Bush on Tuesday banned all U.S. exports to Syria except for food and medicine, ordering sanctions after long-standing complaints that the Middle Eastern nation was supporting terrorism and undermining U.S. efforts in Iraq.
apnews.myway.com/article/20040511/D82GM8TO0.html

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Rabbis express unprecedented criticism of American evangelical support for Israel:

Prominent Israeli rabbis are for the first time speaking out against Israel's profitable alliance with evangelical Christians in the United States who have funneled tens of millions of dollars to the Jewish state.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6177.htm

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Christian groups say ties with Israel 'worst' ever :

Christian organizations in the Holy Land say ties with the Israeli government are the worst ever and have accused the Jewish state of denying visas to some clergy – making them unwelcome in the place of Jesus' birth.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/426759.html

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More Arrests in Venezuela Over Alleged Plot to Topple Government:

Venezuelan authorities say they have arrested at least three more people in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow President Hugo Chavez.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=9723234A-35B6-4A16-AF25C29493CE2BF3

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Cuba, on war footing :

Cuba's communist government called a mass protest against the United States, and increasingly is putting the population on a war footing amid new US moves aimed at speeding the end of President Fidel Castro's rule.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/84644/1/.html

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Top Officials Hold Fake Degrees:

They are safety engineers at nuclear power plants and biological weapons experts. They work at NATO headquarters, at the Pentagon and at nearly every other federal agency.They're employees with degrees from phony schools.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/10/eveningnews/main616664.shtml

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Date: 11 May 2004

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1 YEAR – 31 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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“Al Qaeda Leader” Murders And Beheads U.S. Civilian in Iraq

“My name is Nick Berg, my father's name is Michael… I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah,” said the bound man, adding he was from Philadelphia.

WARNING

Images contained in this report are taken from a video which depicts the murder and beheading of Nick Berg, A U.S. CITIZEN

THIS should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Click here for report, pictures and video

www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6172.htm

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Seven Palestinians And Six Israeli Soldiers Killed :

Palestinian militants blew up an Israeli armored personnel carrier on Tuesday, killing six Israeli soldiers in one of the fiercest battles in Gaza City in months. Seven Palestinians were killed, including one in an Israeli airstrike.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4078353,00.html

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Five dead in fighting around Shiite town:

U.S. forces clashed with Shiite Muslim militiamen, killing at least five Iraqis and injuring 14 others, hospital officials said Tuesday.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp?category=1107&slug=Iraq%20Fighting

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Three Killed in Bomb Attack in N.Iraq City Kirkuk:

A bomb exploded in a crowded market in a Kurdish neighborhood of the northern Iraq oil city Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing three people and wounding around 22, Iraqi police said.
www.bgnewsnet.com/story.php?lang=en&sid=4966

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First Dutch soldier killed in Iraq:

A second soldier was seriously wounded but is no longer in a critical condition.
www.rnw.nl/hotspots/html/irq040511.html

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Body on Iraq Overpass ID'd As American :

Relatives and U.S. officials said Tuesday a body found on a Baghdad highway overpass was that of an American civilian contract worker missing since April 9
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4078409,00.html

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Russian Worker Killed, Two Abducted in Iraq:

One Russian worker was killed and two others kidnapped in Iraq, Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday, urging hundreds of remaining Russians to leave the country.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5102114

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Body, possibly American, found in Baghdad:

The body of a westerner, believed to be American, has been found in Baghdad, a senior US military official told reporters on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/yuugw

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Gunmen attack U.S.-run civilian convoy in Iraq:

Gunmen attacked a U.S.-run civilian convoy in Iraq's western desert and some personnel are unaccounted for, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Iraq's oil minister said a weekend pipeline bombing had cut petroleum exports by 30 percent.
www.boston.com/dailynews/132/world/Gunmen_attack_U_S_run_civilian:.shtml

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Sadrists Launch Wider Insurgency in South:

az-Zaman Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers Monday to widen the scope of their military operations against the Coalition to the entirety of Iraq, in an attempt to escalate the military situation after the breakdown of negotiations
www.juancole.com/2004_05_01_juancole_archive.html#108425521231078024

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Most Iraqi detainees 'arrested by mistake' :

Coalition military intelligence officers believed 70-90 per cent of Iraqi detainees were “arrested by mistake”, according to a leaked Red Cross report on prisoner abuse, further details of which were disclosed on Monday.
tinyurl.com/2hb78

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Red Cross Report:

“Report of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the Treatment by the Coalition Forces of Prisoners of War:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6170.htm

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Amnesty: Girl aged eight shot dead by British soldiers.

In a report, Amnesty produces evidence of eight cases in which Iraqi civilians, including a girl aged eight, were shot dead by British soldiers in southern Iraq.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1214017,00.html

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Shot that killed girl, aged 8 :

The bullet knocked his eldest child to the floor and sliced open her abdomen causing her intestines to spill out.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1214030,00.html

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Amnesty report lists 37 'disputed' killings by UK forces:

Today, an independent report into all these deaths presents new problems for the allies, already reeling from allegations of torture and abuse
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=520103

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Unarmed youth, 19, shot dead at wedding :

When Ghanem Kadhem Kati was shot dead outside his home he was unarmed and had his back to the British soldier who killed him.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1214021,00.html

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I, too, was tortured in Abu Ghraib

Torture has been practised in Iraqi prisons since day one of the occupation. The country's own human rights organisations reported its use as early as last June. But the occupation forces have chosen not to see Iraqis as humans.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1214079,00.html

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Rumsfeld and the 'beastly' Boykin:

The New York Times suggests that in reality a slew of “beast-men” function within the Bush administration. To these people, “democracy”, “freedom” and “reconstruction” are convenient words to cover up the real murk underneath.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FE11Aa04.html

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Media stunt by the Marines:

The US 1st Marine Division sent a small convoy into Fallujah today in order to meet with the mayor. But the supposed show of force was a pre-arranged exercise.
newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=323

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In case you missed it:

Video: “The Panama Deception”:

This film shows how the U.S. attacked Panama and killed 3 or 4 thousand people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against. (Sound familiar?) It won the Academy Award for best documentary.

This is a must watch documentary
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4078.htm

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History Forgave Churchill, Why Not Blair and Bush?:

“I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes. The moral effect should be good. . . and it would spread a lively terror.” Winston Churchill, Commenting on the British use of poison gas against the Iraqis after World War I
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6171.htm

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Playing Bin Laden's game:

The west is losing the war on terror on a global scale. Only if Britain takes an independent line can we protect our security
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1213874,00.html

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U.S. State Department Criticism of “Stress and Duress” Interrogation Around the World
www.hrw.org/press/2003/04/stressnduress.htm

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Brutality: the home truths:

The Bush administration's response to the daily shots of vicious inhumanity emerging from Abu Ghraib is to lambast them as an aberration. But McCotter's professional journey alone tells us that the trouble with Abu Ghraib was that it was all too consistent with America's models of incarceration.
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1213841,00.html

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The War is Lost:

We have come to the end of a week so awful, so terrible, so wrenching that the most basic moral fabric of that which we believe is good and great – the basic moral fabric of the United States of America – has been torn bitterly asunder.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/051004A.shtml

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Paul Krugman: Just Trust Us:

Didn't you know, in your gut, that something like Abu Ghraib would eventually come to light?
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/11/opinion/11KRUG.html

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Beatings at U.S.-run camp 'vigilante justice' for attack on Lynch :

A female soldier in the Army's 320th Military Police Battalion took “vigilante justice” on Iraqi prisoners who she believed had raped Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, according to a letter from the battalion's commander obtained by The Associated Press.
www.tucsoncitizen.com/breaking/051104_vigilantejustice.html

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Mahdi Army seizes US weapons:

Members of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army in Najaf say they have seized ammunition and weapons, including a missile launcher and machineguns, belonging to the US army.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B5765C57-F571-4FFF-98CE-C4C5D35D39DC.htm

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U.S. Rejects Rights Group Access to Afghan Prisoners:

The U.S. military, under fire for its treatment of prisoners in Iraq, Tuesday turned down a request by Afghanistan's human rights body for access to Afghans in its custody.
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/reuters20040511_339.html

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In case you missed it: Bush Anything But Moronic:

“Bush is not an imbecile. He's not a puppet. I think that Bush is a sociopathic personality. I think he's incapable of empathy. He has an inordinate sense of his own entitlement, and he's a very skilled manipulator. And in all the snickering about his alleged idiocy, this is what a lot of people miss.”
www.commondreams.org/headlines02/1128-02.htm

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Iran warns Israel regarding possible nuclear site attack:

Iran Tuesday sent a sterm message to Israel against any military attack on its nuclear sites.
www.albawaba.com/headlines/TheNews.php3?sid=276652&dir=news&lang=e

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Vice president to make appeal for Jewish votes in Palm Beach County:

Vice President Dick Cheney will bring the Bush administration's effort to woo Jewish voters through strong support of Israel to an area with legions of Democratic Jewish voters: south Palm Beach County.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pcheney11may11,0,1520328.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

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Across America, War Means Jobs:

“For us, the economy is great,” said Allen, senior vice president and general manager of Armor Holdings Inc.'s Mobile Security Division. “It's a sad situation, but . . . “ His voice trailed off, then he added, “I don't think anyone here is thinking about it that way.”
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20040511/ts_washpost/a15952_2004may10

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What are they smoking at the Labor Dept.?:

DON'T get too excited about all those new jobs that were supposed to have been created in April. I'm not going to waste a lot of my precious space on this, but the bottom line is that most of the 288,000 jobs that the Labor Department says were created last month may not really exist.
www.nypost.com/business/23936.htm

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Date: 10 May 2004
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1 YEAR – 31 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Exposed: President Bush's Torture and Rape Room's

Seymour M. Hersh: Chain Of Command

The man, an Iraqi prisoner, is naked. His hands are clasped behind his neck and he is leaning against the door to a cell, contorted with terror, as the dogs bark a few feet away. Other photographs show the dogs straining at their leashes and snarling at the prisoner. In another, taken a few minutes later, the Iraqi is lying on the ground, writhing in pain, with a soldier sitting on top of him, knee pressed to his back. Blood is streaming from the inmate‚s leg.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6164.htm

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Boy, 16, 'was subjected to mock execution by US interrogators':

American soldiers subjected a 16-year-old Iraqi prisoner to a mock execution inside an American detention centre and made his brothers watch, one of the brothers alleged yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=519718

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Red Cross Was Told Iraq Abuse 'Part of the Process':

The Red Cross saw U.S. troops keeping Iraqi prisoners naked for days in darkness at the Abu Ghraib jail in October, and was told by the intelligence officer in charge it was “part of the process,” a leaked report said on Monday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5090507

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Soldier: Foul photos of inmates were prized:

Brutality was also in the air. Sindar recalled a 14-year-old Iraqi with a broken arm being hurled to the ground and then mocked by U.S. soldiers as the boy wept and wet himself in the prison intake center.
www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/nation/8629607.htm

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Top brass 'picked man who ordered torture':

The creation of torture units was the consequence of orders by the Defence Department ˆ headed by Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ˆ to prise information out of prisoners.
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9519057^401,00.html

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People Court Pronounces U.S. Guilty :

A 'jury of conscience' declared Sunday after scores of witnesses testified before a 'World Tribunal on Iraq' that “the U.S. government is guilty of committing a war of aggression against Iraq.” It also held the United States guilty of committing war crimes.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23664

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Eric Margolis: Sadism in war old habit:

Americans should not be surprised their soldiers and intelligence agents are using torture and sexual humiliations to break the will of Iraqis to resist American occupation. That is the nature of colonial warfare and so-called “war of terror.”
www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Eric_Margolis/2004/05/09/452554.html

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Outside the law :

Mr Rumsfeld, like his president, does not much care for truth. Truth undermines his own portrayal of himself, his administration and his nation as victims.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1213194,00.html

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Like the Wehrmacht, we've descended into barbarity :

The predisposition to see the enemy as inferior, bestial, or outside the law, so the argument goes, produces a rapid descent into casual brutality and mistreatment
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1213035,00.html

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Sometimes They Pretended to Kill Me :

Read this article to understand the facts behind why the Bush Administration continually attacks Al-Jazeera TV News:
www.veteransforcommonsense.org/newsArticle.asp?id=1718

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CIA passed on prisoners 'for torture' :

“We don‚t kick the **** out of them. We send them to other countries so they can kick the **** out of them,” the official is reported to have said.
thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1433692002

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What about the other secret U.S. prisons? :

Across the world, the United States is holding detainees in offshore and foreign prisons where allegations of mistreatment cannot be monitored. It has also been accused of sending terror suspects to countries where information has been beaten out of them.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=518058.html

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In case you missed it?:

'Too nice' jail commander is fired:

The commander of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp – who was criticised in the United States press for being too soft on the inmates – has been dismissed.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/10/16/1034561210959.html

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Postcards from the edge: “We saw the pictures”:

The system of injustice that, since 9/11, we've sent offshore and organized globally — from Guantanamo, Cuba to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan — is by its nature also a system of torture. It was designed from the beginning to be a Bermuda Triangle of injustice, existing in an extrajudicial darkness beyond “our” sight or oversight.
www.nationinstitute.org/tomdispatch/index.mhtml?pid=1430

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Robert Fisk: If we see our enemies as inhuman, then we ourselves end up as savages:

It's not difficult to see how the American thugs at the Abu Ghraib prison acquired their cruelty. Born-again Christians who no doubt publicly wished to be seen upholding a “pure, clean and upright life” treated the Iraqis as if they were “fiends in human form”, as “fanatics”, as “flies”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6169.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Those Who Deny the Crimes of the Past: Reflections on American Racist Atrocity Denial, 1776-2004
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=5135

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American Denial:

A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted on Wednesday and Thursday found that six out of ten Americans still believed that the torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib were “isolated incidents,” the rationalization that all the pundits and spinmeisters led with as soon as the story broke.
www.dissidentvoice.org/May2004/Mahajan0509.htm

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In case you missed it?:

16 May, 2003: Coalition 'tortured Iraqi POWs': “In one case we are talking about electric shocks being used against a man and in others people are being beaten for the whole night and are still being kicked and their teeth broken. I think you would call that torture,” he said.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3034031.stm

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Military Personnel: Don't Read This!:

How a Pentagon email sought to contain the prison abuse scandal
www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,634638,00.html

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Rumsfeld Criticized by Army Times Newspaper:

“While responsibility begins with the six soldiers facing criminal charges, it extends all the way up the chain of command to the highest reaches of the military hierarchy and its civilian leadership.“
www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2903288.php

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The Media War against Iraq:

Never have the media been so influential in propagating war against innocent people. We are constantly being propagandised to approve of war. The media and the government sanitize war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6165.htm

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In case you mssed it?:

War Is A Racket:

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes. Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4377.htm

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The Logic of Occupation :

The face of occupation is not a friendly face, but one that is increasingly at odds with rhetoric. Speak of freedom then ignore it for Palestinians in Israel. Speak of the rule of law, and then sanction the extra-judicial assassinations Israel commits.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6168.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Manhunt in Iraq: Israel Trains U.S. Assassination Squads:

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh reveals how a new Special Forces group assembled to “neutralize‰ Iraqi resistance is working with Israeli commandoes to train in assassination and other tactics ˆ comparable to the Phoenix Program in Vietnam
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5364.htm

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The Israeli Torture Template

Rape, Feces and Urine-Dipped Cloth Sacks
www.counterpunch.org/madsen05102004.html

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Rights groups: Israel imprisons, abuses Palestinian youths :

More than 300 Palestinian teens are routinely subjected to physical and psychological abuse in Israeli prisons now, two human rights groups charged Monday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/425849.html

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We have met the evildoers… and they are us

These bright-eyed young Americans are war criminals. They did not achieve such infamy overnight or on their own, however. Rather, just like the Americans they represent back home in Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Texas, they gradually lost their bearings as a result of a sustained media- and policy-induced trance asserting that Americans and the United States constitute a special class of humanity: privileged, above the law, stronger, better, and more deserving than others.
zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=5496

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Failure And Betrayal:

Has America lost its way, if not its soul, in Iraq ?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6167.htm

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Mandela chides US, Britain over Iraq war:

“We look on with horror as reports surface of terrible abuses against the dignity of human beings held captive by invading forces in their own country,” he said
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7F8260BC-83C5-42BA-814D-4257AA599A7E.htm

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34 killed as U.S. troops clash with resistance fighters:

U.S. forces stepped up pressure on Shiite gunmen loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, pushing with tanks yesterday into the holy city of Kufa and assaulting militia positions in the narrow streets of a Shiite enclave in Baghdad. At least 34 Iraqis were killed.
tinyurl.com/2xle8

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Four killed in UK air strikes :

Residents in the southern Iraqi city of Amarah have blamed British air strikes for the deaths of four civilians, including an eight-month-old child.
www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,1271,-4070210,00.html?=ticker

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Gunmen Kill 2 In Kirkuk:–

Officials say a South African is dead and a New Zealander seriously hurt in an ambush in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The head of Kirkuk's security forces says an Iraqi was also killed by the gunmen.
www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=1853373&nav=0s3dMyi0

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Iraq Cleric to Widen War After U.S. Bombs Baghdad HQ:

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Monday ordered his Mehdi Army to launch a broad new offensive against U.S.-led occupying forces following a U.S. crackdown on his strongholds in Baghdad and across the south.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5091197

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Poll: Muqtada al-Sadr, the second most-respected man in Iraq:

A majority of Iraqis said they'd feel safer if the U.S. military withdrew immediately.
www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/nation/8623441.htm

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Moqtada Sadr, Militia Seizes Control of Baghdad Slum

Gunmen and commanders loyal to radical Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr took over the giant Sadr City slum in Baghdad on Sunday, seizing control of police forces in an area just five miles east of U.S. administration headquarters.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A13066-2004May9?language=printer

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UK: Poll shows majority want UK troops to pull out:

Should British troops pull out of Iraq by 30th June? 55 per cent: YES – 28 per cent: NO
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=519735

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Blair faces resignation call:

Prime Minister Tony Blair, dogged by speculation about his future, faced a call for his resignation on Sunday by a senior member of his Labour Party.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=507187

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I believed In This War.. I was So Wrong:

STOP me if I am missing something here, but if former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic can end up on trial for war crimes committed under his leadership, then why can't Tony Blair?
tinyurl.com/27knp

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War tab swamps Bush‚s estimate :

With troop commitments growing, the cost of the war in Iraq could top $150 billion through the next fiscal year ˜ as much as three times what the White House had originally estimated.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/05/09/MNGOU6IK1J1.DTL&type=printable

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'BRIT TRAINED FOR 9/11' :

The FBI ignored his warnings that the attacks were imminent.
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13084544,00.html

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U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings:

Bush's failed Mideast policy is creating more terrorism:

With Iraq no threat, why invade a sovereign country? The answer: President Bush's policy to secure Israel.
hollings.senate.gov/~hollings/opinion/2004506A17.html

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'Poor paying for war on terror':

“Some of the world's poorest people are already paying for the war on terror as the giving of aid by the world's richest countries is ruled by the rhetoric of 'with us or against us'.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3696683.stm

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Someone Knew: There Were No Weapons of Mass Destruction
www.counterpunch.org/giebel05082004.html

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The Bin Laden Tapes: Fact or Fiction:

How much do we really know about the origins of these audiotapes, or their authenticity? Precious little time is dedicated to such considerations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6166.htm

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Seven Afghans killed in attack on customs post :

At least seven Afghans were killed when gunmen attacked a customs post in the southeast of the country, an official said on Monday.
www.arabtimesonline.com/arabtimes/breakingnews/view.asp?msgID=5769

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Israeli minister wants Arabs expelled:

An Israeli cabinet minister has called for the expulsion of about 1.3 million Palestinian citizens of Israel who constitute nearly one fifth of the state‚s population.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FED27702-1D56-4699-8BC1-3415D354D3B6.htm

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Colombian paramilitaries arrested in Venezuela :

Venezuelan police have arrested more than 70 Colombian paramilitary fighters who were allegedly plotting to strike against the government in Caracas, according to the country's president, Hugo Chávez.
www.guardian.co.uk/venezuela/story/0,12716,1213445,00.html

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Two Israeli men arrested after high-speed chase in Tennessee :

Once the men were apprehended, officers also found a “Learn to Fly” brochure in the truck, leading Harris and others to express concern about security at the Nuclear Fuel Services plant in Erwin.
newsobserver.com/nc24hour/ncnews/v-print/story/3575253p-3177621c.html

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1 YEAR – 29 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Two killed in Basra clashes :

At least two Iraqis have been killed and one British soldier wounded in clashes between occupation troops and supporters of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr, in the southern Iraqi city of Basra
www.matamat.com/fullstory.php?gd=15&cd=2004-05-08

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Soldier killed in overnight attack in Afghanistan:

An overnight attack on American forces in southern Afghanistan killed a U.S. Marine, the military said Saturday.
www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=1850837&nav=9TaiMxF8

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U.S. military guards “acting inappropriately with a dead body.‰:

U.S. military said that the unreleased images showed U.S. soldiers severely beating an Iraqi prisoner nearly to death, having sex with a female Iraqi female prisoner and “acting inappropriately with a dead body.‰ The officials said there was also a videotape, apparently shot by U.S. personnel, showing Iraqi guards raping young boys.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4855930/

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Senator says Iraq abuse scandal could become murder and rape inquiry:

Senator Lindsey Graham, “The American public needs to understand we‚re talking about rape and murder here,‰ Graham said after the Senate hearing.
www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focuson
iraq/2004/May/focusoniraq_May83.xml&section=focusoniraq

tinyurl.com/yqfgj

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Soldier who killed 2 in Iraq jail defends actions:

“Three fourths of everything I did was right,” he said. “The other quarter of the time was trial and error. You might be a little excessive today. We were dealing with a lot of stress.”
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=506941&section=news

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Amnesty demands US 'war crimes' inquiry:

“Amnesty International urges the US government to investigate the allegations at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq, and other detention facilities to establish whether war crimes have been committed and ensure accountability at the highest level,” it said.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1104163.htm

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More 'proof' of British army abuse in Iraq :

A SOLDIER has produced damning proof that British troopers took “trophy” photos of Iraqi prisoners being abused.
www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/tm_objectid=14221088&method=full&siteid=
50143&headline=pic-that-proves-qlr-took-photos-of-beaten-iraqis-name_page.html

tinyurl.com/ys9mh

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UK forces taught torture methods :

The sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison was not an invention of maverick guards, but part of a system of ill-treatment and degradation, according to British military sources.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1212197,00.html

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Reservist Tells of Orders From Intelligence Officer.

Harman is smiling, crouching slightly, a thumb up, and leaning toward a blackened, decaying corpse with long fingers and a gaping mouth.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A9130-2004May7?language=printer

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Iraq abuse cases are no aberration:

A review of the changing US policy towards torture and other forms of unlawful interrogation by the Center for Cooperative Research has produced literally scores of documented examples of violence against US-held prisoners ˜ in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo ˜ as well as against those the US `rendered' over to its allies.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-662731,curpg-2.cms

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Ex-Iraq interrogator says many prisoners innocent:

A former U.S. interrogator at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail says that many of its prisoners are innocent Iraqis, picked up at random by U.S. troops and questioned by underqualified intelligence officers.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?
type=worldNews&storyID=506202&section=news

tinyurl.com/3e3ur

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If ŒThis Is Not Who We Are,‚ Who Are You Then?:

Even as Bush promised that the perpetrators would be punished, he managed to fit in yet another patronizing remark about how “In America a person is innocent until proven guilty.‰ I wonder what the prisoners in the pictures were doing then ˜ posing for the latest issue of Vogue?
www.arabnews.com/?page=7&section=0&article=44533&d=8&m=5&y=2004&pix=o

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Torturer's paradise :

The environment at Guantánamo is a torturer's paradise. No outside inspections from human rights organisations, no independent medical examinations, no family access and, overwhelmingly, no independent lawyers.
www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1212102,00.html

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In case you missed it?:

Jan. 23, 2002: Rumsfeld defends treatment of detainees: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went on the offensive Tuesday, dismissing as “just utter nonsense” recent allegations that Afghan war detainees at the U.S. naval base in Cuba are being mistreated.
www.jsonline.com/news/attack/jan02/14786.asp

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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The Mideastization of the US, or: Rumsfeld Must Resign:

Rumsfeld is not an innocent bystander in all this. His policies have consistently aimed at creating spaces for prisoners to be outside any judicial jurisdiction, so that anything can be done to them with impunity.
www.juancole.com/2004_05_01_juancole_archive.html#108391209066023587

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In case you missed it?: U.S. Charged With War Crimes:

The Evidence File:

WARNING: The video and pictures in this report contain images and descriptions, depicting the reality and horror of the U.S. – UK invasion of Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3450.htm

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This War and Racism — Media Denial in Overdrive:

Among the millions of words that have appeared in the U.S. press since late April about abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, one has been notably missing: Racism.
www.progressivetrail.org/articles/040506Solomon.shtml?mail=07

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434 leave infamous Afghan prison:

Shackled and under guard, 434 alleged Taliban and al-Qaida fighters shuffled out of Afghanistan's most notorious prison Thursday, winning transfer to a Kabul jail after a weeklong hunger strike to protest being held without charges for nearly 2 1/2 years.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sfl-aafghan
07may07,0,2346951.story?coll=sfla-news-nationworld

tinyurl.com/2oxh2

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The legal double standards of Bush's war:

A”war on terror” that strangely professes to be both governed by and yet exempt from the law of war and international humanitarian law.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1083180306397&p=1012571727169

tinyurl.com/32p78

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Mistreatment of Prisoners Is Called Routine in U.S.:

Physical and sexual abuse of prisoners, similar to what has been uncovered in Iraq, takes place in American prisons with little public knowledge or concern, according to corrections officials, inmates and human rights advocates.
www.nytimes.com/2004/05/08/national/08PRIS.html?th

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Torture as Normalcy: As American as Apple Pie:

In recent years the United States has been charged by the UN and also by human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International with tolerating torture in US prisons
www.counterpunch.com/cockburn05082004.html

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“Rodney King Style” Video of California Youth Facility Guards Beating Youth:
ellabakercenter.org/page.php?pageid=175

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Shiite gunmen run rampant in Basra:

Gunmen attacked British patrols in Basra and clashed with coalition troops Saturday in two other southern cities, a day after a Shiite cleric's aide offered worshippers money for killing or capturing soldiers.
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4765247.html

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Bush runs out of options as chaos deepens

Iraq's deepening crisis has left the Bush administration with few options, and although the US has entrusted the United Nations with the task of finding a way towards political stability and elections, officials and analysts close to the White House admit that hopes of success are receding fast.

tinyurl.com/2czqj

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Riverbend: Iraqi Girl Blog:

Just Go…:

People are seething with anger- the pictures of Abu Ghraib and the Brits in Basrah are everywhere. Every newspaper you pick up in Baghdad has pictures of some American or British atrocity or another. It's like a nightmare that has come to life.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/2004_05_01_riverbendblog_archive.html#108392335918002921

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Rumsfeld under fire :

Mr Rumsfeld has been an exceptionally difficult US defence secretary for the rest of the world to live with these past four years. Part of it is that he plainly has so little respect for lesser nations – an outlook to which he has often given blunt and provocative voice
www.guardian.co.uk/leaders/story/0,3604,1212095,00.html

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Senate Panel Clears $422.2 Billion Defense Bill:

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved a $422.2 billion bill authorizing next year's defense programs, up 3.4 percent or $21 billion from this year, the committee said on Friday.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=564&ncid
=1278&e=6&u=/nm/20040507/ts_nm/arms_congress_dc

tinyurl.com/24skn

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Karen Kwiatkowski : Military Industrial Complexes:

Some Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib Prison have met the modern American military industrial complex up close and personal. Contractors from CACI International and Titan Corporation, as well as members of our own military, are under investigation for “mistreating” prisoners.
www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski72.html

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Gunned down to impress America :

Pakistanis mourn young migrants murdered in Macedonia's quest to join war on terror
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1212120,00.html

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You have the right to be misinformed :

News media are now a large part of big business. They are more concerned with how much profit they make, not with how to best fulfill their role.” Because these corporations invariably resort to “propaganda techniques to shape mass opinion”, the “distrust of news media is at a dangerously high level”
www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/FE08Aa02.html

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Ethnic cleansing shame of Sudan :

SUDANESE troops and Arab militia are carrying out massive human rights violations in the Darfur region that “may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity”, United Nations rights investigators said yesterday.
thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=525242004

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UN official cites 'reign of terror' in Sudan :

Sudanese forces are helping Arab militias drive black Africans out of the country's Darfur region, the UN human rights chief said, but he stopped short of blaming the government for what he described as widespread atrocities.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/
Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1084014012304&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

tinyurl.com/ywd2t

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Nigerian Muslims flee town ravaged by militants from Christian tribe :

Injured, hungry and grieving Muslims abandoned their central Nigerian town Friday amid stalled efforts to mediate a conflict that has left an estimated 500 dead in attacks by fighters of a predominantly Christian tribe.
www.azdailysun.com/non_sec/nav_includes/story.cfm?storyID=86872

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Bush Says 2005 Timetable for Palestinian State Not `Realistic' :

``We hit a bump in the road — violence, as well as Abu Mazen was replaced, which changed the dynamic
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087
&sid=apdBZJaTQ1Ys&refer=top_world_news

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Arafat Questions Bush Statement on Palestinian State:

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said Saturday it is still possible to establish an independent state for his people by 2005
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=01542ADD-1037-4087-B2F6D305B6159E41

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Iraqi Girl Aged 12 was stripped and beaten by military personnel:

The US military has said it will investigate claims by a former inmate of Abu Ghraib prison that a girl as young as 12 was stripped and beaten by military personnel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6163.htm

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General Told MPs to `soften Up' Prisoners:

An American general recommended that Army prison guards in Iraq become more involved in “softening up” prisoners for interrogations shortly before abuses occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison last fall, according to an internal report at the heart of the controversy.
www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/politics/8615814.htm

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'I was beaten for three days by British soldiers':

An Iraqi prisoner has described how he was allegedly subjected to vicious beatings by laughing British soldiers during interrogation sessions which left another man dead.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=519247

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Fourth Soldier Tells of Iraqi Prisoner 'Abuse': Soldier “D‰ told the paper:

“There are no rules out there. I saw the man dragged into the vehicle beaten up, kicked and punched.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2894818

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Revealed: how an army raid led to death:

Within four days of the raid on 14 September last year, Baha Mousa, 26, a hotel receptionist, was dead, allegedly from terrible injuries suffered at the hands of his “interrogators” after he and six other hotel employees were arrested and taken to a British Army interrogation centre.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=519239

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23 Die As U.S., Shiites Clash in Iraq :
A 2-year-old-girl and her cousins, boys ages 4 and 5, were among the dead, killed in a bomb explosion as they slept.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040507/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

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