Please, just go read the entire article at The Guardian. It’s substantive, it’s a little long, but it’s a must-read.There’s video there, too. Two of the videos are only seconds long:
On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq invasion, the allegations of American links to the units that eventually accelerated Iraq’s descent into civil war cast the US occupation in a new and even more controversial light. The investigation was sparked over a year ago by millions of classified US military documents dumped onto the internet and their mysterious references to US soldiers ordered to ignore torture. Private Bradley Manning, 25, is facing a 20-year sentence, accused of leaking military secrets.
Steele’s contribution was pivotal. He was the covert US figure behind the intelligence gathering of the new commando units. [...]
Steele’s career hit an unexpected buffer when he was embroiled in the Iran-Contra affair. … While the congressional inquiry that followed put an end to Steele’s military ambitions, it did win him the admiration of then congressman Dick Cheney who sat on the committee and admired Steele’s efforts fighting leftists in both Nicaragua and El Salvador. [...]
But it was the actions of the commandos inside the detention centres that raises the most troubling questions for their American masters. Desperate for information, the commandos set up a network of secret detention centres where insurgents could be brought and information extracted from them.
The commandos used the most brutal methods to make detainees talk. … [T]hey knew exactly what was going on and were even supplying the commandos with lists of people they wanted brought in. [...]
“We were having lunch. Col Steele, Col Coffman, and the door opened and Captain Jabr was there torturing a prisoner. He [the victim] was hanging upside down and Steele got up and just closed the door, he didn’t say anything – it was just normal for him.“
David Petraeus’s name pops up a lot in the piece, too.
Will someone explain to me why there have been no prosecutions of Bush administration participants in these crimes? The details in the Guardian article are horrifying.
A terrible precedent has been set, and nobody has been held legally responsible. Rachel Maddow sure tried to make waves, but it seems that moment came and went pretty quickly.
Back to Dick Cheney, who tried to promote Jim Steele to general back in 1991:
The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questioning the truthfulness of his testimony, refused to act on the Army`s request to promote Steele to brigadier general in 1988.
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney`s office then delayed a second attempt to promote Steele for more than 1 1/2 years while Iran-contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh also scrutinized Steele`s actions, several sources said. [...]
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who opposed Steele`s promotion in 1988, said he plans to urge Sens. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and John Warner (R-Va.), the committee`s ranking minority member, to stop it again… “Serious questions about Col. Steele`s role in the (contra supply) operations and his association with Oliver North have yet to be answered,” Harkin said.
If all this isn’t getting your blood boiling, check out these two posts. One is by my dear friend Jason Leopold: EXCLUSIVE: Mystery Behind Guantanamo Prisoner’s Suicide Endures, Despite Release of Autopsy Report.
The other is by another pal, Jeff Kaye: “A growing feeling here that death is the road out of Guantanamo”, which starts out with this:
“What would you do if your brother or uncle was kidnapped, sold, and beaten in a prison for 11 years without charge?”
Here’s my own recent update on Fayiz Al-Kandari: After 11 years, still no justice for this Kuwaiti Gitmo prisoner. #FreeFayiz.
I also covered the hunger strike here: Gitmo “is forgotten and its condemned men will never get an opportunity to prove their innocence or be free.”
All my previous posts on this subject matter can be found here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here.
Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
If you’d like to see ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.
More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.
Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
So the Senate GOP successfully filibustered the nomination of Chuck Hagel to become Secretary of Defense, replacing Leon Panetta. This is the first time that a defense secretary nomination has been stalled by a filibuster – and this is a filibuster to prevent a vote from even happening.
In part, Harry Reid and Carl Levin deserve some of the blame for this, because per the flaccid Democratic caucus, they led the opposition to eliminating obstructive non-filibuster filibusters such as this. [...]
Hey, Harry, they are hardwired to be pernicious and ignore civility, what did you expect?
Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham – one of the three pro-war amigos with John McCain and ex-Senator Joe Lieberman – is “demanding” more answers on Benghazi. Good grief, will someone give that man a sedative? This Benghazi nonsense has been virtually the sole GOP foreign policy concern for months now. And it comes from a caucus that gave carte blanche to the multiple deceptions and lies that the Bush/Cheney administration used to launch a ruinous war in Iraq. We should also mention that it is the same caucus that gave Bush a pass on 9/11, even though he had been warned that something like the terrorist attack was probably imminent – and he did absolutely nothing to prevent it.
Compare the treatment of Hagel to how the Democrats historically dealt with Dick Cheney’s nomination as secretary of defense under President George Herbert Walker Bush. The Dickster received a 92-0 confirmation vote – no dissenting Democratic senators there.
The second time Rumsfeld was nominated for secretary of defense (he had first served in that position under President Gerald Ford), he was approved along with six other George W. Bush cabinet nominees by a voice vote in the Senate [...]
There’s a lesson to be learned here for the Democrats in the Senate: speak loudly and carry a big stick, but they never appear to learn it.
Please read the entire post here.
evelinesinclair on Nov 17, 2011
Occupy Nashville Infiltrators tell their story of infiltrating a $125-dollar-a-plate dinner for Donald Rumsfeld’s book tour in Nashville, TN.
A lot of people raked in tons of money off the blood and torture that is our Iraq military misadventure. That just turns my stomach. Hey, Heritage Foundation: if this is the “heritage” you’re so proud of — war profiteering, torture, lies and fearmongering that forced the nation into a needless war so ExxonMobil can grab Iraq’s oil — then I have nothing but contempt for you.
My, my, Rummy’s just a tad thin-skinned for such a, you know, obnoxious, hard-ass jerk.
Al Jazeera’s Abderrahim Foukara asks the former US defense secretary whether he made adequate preparations to avoid the thousands of lives lost in Iraq.
Part of Donald Rumsfeld’s first interview with Al Jazeera after disparaging comments he made in 2004. He claimed then that the network’s coverage from Iraq was “vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable”.
The full interview can be seen on Al Jazeera Arabic on Tuesday 4th October at 1405 GMT and twice more thereafter.
God forbid the d-bag have to face any consequences. Original story with pic here.
The (Tacoma) News Tribune- Two people were removed from a Donald Rumsfeld book signing last Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, including the Yelm widow of an Army Ranger who blames the military for her husband’s suicide.
Security officers for the former secretary of defense escorted Ashley Joppa-Hagemann out by the arm, she said Saturday. She and Jorge Gonzalez, the executive director of Coffee Strong, a Lakewood-based anti-war group, confronted Rumsfeld as he promoted his memoir, “Known and Unknown.”
According to an account posted on Coffee Strong’s website: “Mrs. Joppa-Hagemann introduced herself by handing a copy of her husband’s funeral program to Rumsfeld, and telling him that her husband had joined the military because he believed the lies told by Rumsfeld during his tenure with the Bush administration.”
The website said Rumsfeld’s “only response was to callously quip, ‘Oh yeah, I heard about that.’”
When Joppa-Hagemann continued to blame Rumsfeld, a group of five to six security agents and military police officers reportedly “dragged” them out and told them not to return, according to the Web post.
On Wednesday, I received an offer that I could refuse.
It was an email invitation from Tom Culligan, vice president of the Rev. Moon-founded Washington Times:
Please accept this as your personal invitation to join me on what promises to be one of the most exciting and enjoyable getaways in recent memory: the August 27 – September 3, 2011 CPAC cruise: North to Alaska!
Don Rumsfeld will be one of your fellow shipmates. As will NRA president David Keene, American Conservative Union chairman Al Cardenas, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist, and, of course, yours truly….
I have to tell you: when I watched “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on my big-screen TV, I fell in love with that wild and wonderful state. …
[T]he most inexpensive single cabin was $2,502.
Of course, there is also the Koch brothers’ accommodations package for the princely sum of $6,826…
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