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  Death squad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Death squads are often associated with the violent political repression of dictatorships, totalitarian states and similar regimes, and typically have the tacit or express support of the state (see state terrorism).
Death squad activity was widespread in Guatemala and El Salvador during the 1980s, where plain-clothes assassins would murder dissidents fingered as "subversives" under the pretext of counter-insurgency.
The Guatemalan death squads typically operated in full cooperation with the national military, whereas those in El Salvador drew their support from prominent military figures whose aim was to both eliminate the FMLN and their sympathizers as well as undermine civilian president José Napoleón Duarte.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Death_squad   (2280 words)

Death squad activity surged in El Salvador in 1988 after a period of relative decline.
Squads modus operandi included weeks of surveillance of suspects followed by capture by disguised agents using vehicles with stolen license plates, interrogation, torture in secret jails followed by execution and secret burial.
The activities of the death squads, formed under CIA sponsorship in 1954 Are loosely controlled by an international organization known as La Mano Blanco (the White Hand).
www.newsmakingnews.com /death_squads.htm   (16835 words)

 Part Four, Chapter Four (D): From Madness to Hope: El Salvador: Truth Commissions: Library and Links: U.S. Institute of ...
The death squads, in which members of State structures were actively involved or to which they turned a blind eye, gained such control that they ceased to be an isolated or marginal phenomenon and became an instrument of terror used systematically for the physical elimination of political opponents.
Since the death squad phenomenon was the problem par excellence of that dirty war which ultimately destroyed all vestiges of the rule of law during the armed conflict, the Salvadorian Government must not only be ready and willing to prevent the resurgence of this phenomenon but also seek international cooperation in eradicating it completely.
The Government must recognize that, given their organizational structure and the fact that they possess weapons, there is a serious danger that the death squads may become involved, as has happened in some cases, in illegal activities such as drug trafficking, arms trafficking and abductions for ransom.
www.usip.org /library/tc/doc/reports/el_salvador/tc_es_03151993_casesD1_2.html   (5330 words)

 Divine Death Squad
Death is a logical end to a man’s earthly life, which is only a probation to test him, and you cannot transfer one man’s death to the other.
They not only warn people for dying a miserable death, they summon death to punish their enemies as also quote cases where death, in the past, had arrived out of turn or immediately on people who offended their spiritual leader or the community, in general, in an oppressive or abusive way.
So, when the death arrives there is nothing much you can do and arrival of death, according to scriptures, is the reality of life one must not forget, it is merciless and it makes no discrimination for high or low, good or bad and adheres strictly to its time schedule.
alhafeez.org /rashid/ga-dds.htm   (7267 words)

 Death (Harpers.org)
Sixteen garment workers were crushed to death in a stampede in Bangladesh that was caused by a faulty fire alarm; the gates on the factory's eight floors had been locked to prevent workers from leaving.
Arafat said that he wished for a martyr's death and was for a time reduced to a single candle for light as he listened to the muffled Hebrew of his captors through the walls.
A judge in Manhattan ruled that the federal death penalty is unconstitutional; the judge wrote that the number of exonerations due to DNA evidence demonstrated that there is an “undue risk of executing innocent people” and that capital punishment thus violates the constitutional right to due process.
www.harpers.org /Death.html   (4200 words)

 Ukraine Death Squads Did a Death Squad kill journalist Gongadze in Sept 2000?
Gapon said the death squad comprises nine members and includes the former head of Kyiv's Interior Ministry directorate for the struggle against organized crime and another Interior Ministry colonel.
The death squad is accused of undertaking 10 murders.
According to Gapon, an investigation into the activities of death squads began in 2000, but the material that was collected was only handed to the Prosecutor-General's Office this year.
www.templetonthorp.com /en/news106   (382 words)

 John Negroponte - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Records show that a death squad, euphemized as a "special intelligence unit" of Battalion 3-16 of the Honduran armed forces, kidnapped, tortured and killed hundreds of people, including U.S. missionaries.
This death squad was trained by the CIA, the Argentine 601st Intelligence Battalion and the Argentine Army Intelligence Service.
During his four years in Honduras, Negroponte often cast “a friendly eye” at the Honduran government, insisting that he was unaware of evidence of “death squad” operations that eliminated hundreds of political dissidents.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/John_Negroponte   (2319 words)

 Death Squad Democracy
In one incident, four adults were pulled from their vehicle and either shot or stabbed to death in front of a 5 year old boy whose father was one of the victims.
If, however, this was the work of American-backed death squads, then the alternate goal of "governing through terror" has been achieved.
The objective of the death squads is not simply to target one particular group or ethnicity, but to direct the violence outwards creating as much fear as possible in order to pacify the population.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article12438.htm   (1244 words)

 AAAS - Guatemalan Death Squad Dossier
The Guatemalan armed forces kept detailed records of its death squad operations, according to a document recently recovered from Guatemala's military archives: the Guatemalan Death Squad Dossier.
Replete with photographs of the 183 victims and coded references to their executions, the 54-page document puts names and faces to the Guatemalan military's campaign of abduction, torture and assassination waged against suspected subversives during the country's 35-year civil war.
The disappearances and killings documented in the Guatemala Death Squad Dossier occurred in the selective urban wave of repression in 1983-1985, which followed the indiscriminate rural killings in 1981-1983.
shr.aaas.org /guatemala/gdsd   (329 words)

 Campus Death Squad   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Campus Death Squad is a comprehensive, student-assisted institution.
The squad is committed to educating men and women to be informed participants in their communities, to advancing knowledge through scholarly and creative activities of its faculty and students, and to serving the public interest and contributing to the quality of life of the citizens of the state.
*Disclaimer - Even though the words "campus" and "death" are found in the name of this fantasmagorical club, we are not a violent or destructive group of kids.
www.angelfire.com /gundam/campusdeathsquad   (185 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iraq 'death squad caught in act'
Gen Peterson, who is in charge of training the Iraqi police, told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday that US forces had stumbled across the first evidence of death squads within the interior ministry.
But Gen Peterson said he was convinced Iraqi Interior Minster Bayan Jabr, a member of Sciri, had no knowledge of or involvement in the death squads.
But Gen Peterson said he believed other death squads were operating within the Iraqi security forces.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/4719252.stm   (632 words)

 AlterNet: War on Iraq: The Death Squad Option
To deal with the skyrocketing insurgency, the Pentagon is considering creating secret death squads in Iraq.
It's unclear whether the current proposed policy would direct the Iraqi squads to assassinate their targets or "snatch" them and send them to secret facilities for interrogation.
At the time, he was cozy with the chief of the Honduran national police force, Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who also ran the infamous Battalion 316 death squad.
www.alternet.org /waroniraq/20941   (600 words)

 Death Squad (Iron Man foes)
History: Nothing is known about the Death Squad's history, including how they met, where they acquired their training, or what their other jobs may have been.
The Squad took some pot-shots at Stark, who managed to elude them by falling through the floor of the building (I'm sure he planned it all along).
The other members of the Squad have grapples on their uniforms which they can fire into the air, enabling her to evacuate them.
www.marvunapp.com /Appendix/dthsq4.htm   (878 words)

 Treasure of Baghdad: Death Squad
Hussein Kamal, in charge of domestic intelligence, told the Associated Press that they “have been informed about this and the interior minister has formed an investigation committee”.
The Tribune said that the discovery of the death squad came about almost by chance, when an Iraqi army checkpoint in northern Baghdad stopped the men in late January and asked what they were doing.
If they investigate this matter, put the members of the "death squad" on trial, and give them the punishment required by law, then they will pass the test.
baghdadtreasure.blogspot.com /2006/02/death-squad.html   (812 words)

 Iraqi Death Squad Executes American Journalist
A handful of American journalists have died in vehicle accidents or from illness.” In fact, as it now appears, Vincent was the victim of a death squad.
“The debate, however, has dwelled on whether the death squads are strictly renegade military factions or a part of the larger apparatus.
The evidence indicates that the death squads are simply components of the Salvadoran military.
www.infowars.com /articles/iraq/death_squads_executes_american_journalist.htm   (1001 words)

 Violence and death under U.S. occupation
In mid-February, Iraq’s Interior Ministry announced that it was launching an official investigation into reports that death squads targeting Sunni Muslims are operating from within its own police forces.
The allegations about death squads are not new.
But in early February, irrefutable evidence surfaced after U.S. troops stopped a 22-member death squad at a Baghdad checkpoint, and the men freely admitted they were on their way to execute a Sunni prisoner.
www.socialistworker.org /2006-1/577/577_01_Iraq.shtml   (1061 words)

Washington, May 20, 1999-- The Guatemalan military kept detailed records of its death squad operations, according to a document released by four human rights and public interest groups today.
The army log reveals the fate of scores of Guatemalan citizens who were "disappeared" by security forces during the mid-1980s.
"This chilling document is the death squad equivalent of an annual productivity report, an account from inside the secret files of Guatemala’s killing machine," said Kate Doyle, an analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America and director of The Guatemala Project at the National Security Archive, located at George Washington University.
www.gwu.edu /~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB15/press.html   (377 words)

 Death by rock: The Kola Koka Death Squad lines 'em up, shoots 'em down on debut - A & E
Death by rock: The Kola Koka Death Squad lines 'em up, shoots 'em down on debut
The Kola Koka Death Squad is a very accurately named band.
The union of two likeminded, frayed-end blues-rock experimentalists, Mike Brewer on vocals and guitar and Colin Frazier on drums and percussion, Kola Koka is all dark, pensive riffs frenetically complemented by the wandering thump of roving drum beats.
www.dailyutahchronicle.com /news/2005/09/02/AE/Death.By.Rock.The.Kola.Koka.Death.Squad.Lines.em.Up.Shoots.em.Down.On.Debut-975110.shtml   (248 words)

 Death/firing squad protocol
The description comes from a soldier who was part of the squad.
The battalion was paraded; the accused man brought forward and the sentence announced: execution by firing squad.
His comrades were quite convinced that, after the abortive attack, someone in authority had decided to make an example of one man, and that this poor wretch had been chosen.
tafkac.org /death/firing_squad_protocol.html   (412 words)

 CNN.com - U.S.: Iraqi death squad members detained - Feb 16, 2006
Rick Lynch, spokesman for Multi-National Force-Iraq, confirmed a Chicago Tribune report published Wednesday that said "the first evidence of a death squad" came when 22 men dressed in police uniforms were detained at an Iraqi army checkpoint in January.
The four members of the death squad were sent to Abu Ghraib prison, Lynch said.
When asked if such reports of death squads could stoke Shiite-Sunni sectarian strife, Lynch said he believes that the Sunni leadership will look at the broader perspective and trust the government if it responds properly to such incidents.
www.cnn.com /2006/WORLD/meast/02/16/iraq.main   (891 words)

 ABC News: Iraq Death Squad Claims Being Investigated   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The investigation into the death squads was announced as police found the bodies of 10 more men who had been shot execution-style and dumped in three different areas of Baghdad's predominantly Shiite suburb of Shula.
A U.S. general said American forces had found evidence of a death squad operating in Iraq's Interior Ministry, the Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site Wednesday evening.
Joseph Peterson, who commands the civilian police training teams in Iraq, said the men were employed by the Interior Ministry as highway patrol officers.
abcnews.go.com /International/wireStory?id=1626045   (402 words)

 'Some Days, I Feel Like the Grim Reaper'
MacWilliams is one of four detectives on the D.C. police department's natural death squad, a unit that sees more bodies than any other on the 3,800-member force.
Assigned to investigate deaths that are not suspected homicides, the squad handled more than 800 of the city's nearly 4,000 deaths reported to the D.C. medical examiner last year: cases involving strokes, heart attacks, industrial accidents, drownings and suicides.
The natural death squad promised more regular shifts and more time with their families.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/20/AR2005102002317.html   (560 words)

 Crying Wolf: Media Disinformation and Death Squads in Occupied Iraq
The appearance of death squads was first highlighted in May this year, when over a 10-day period dozens of bodies were found casually disposed of in rubbish dumps and vacant areas around Baghdad.
Other victims of the death squads may be communists, the commentator Juan Cole noting that the Communist Party is so alarmed by the course of events that it is considering going underground; though he does not spell out the events that would force the party into hiding, they are not difficult to surmise (
Thus, even many Sunni Iraqis are coming to believe that the well-organised death squads run from the CIA-controlled intelligence hub are actually the Badr Brigade they often claim to be; and thus British SAS men in Arab disguise plant bombs at Shia religious festivals to be blamed on fanatical Wahabi Sunni ‘insurgents’.
www.globalresearch.ca /index.php?context=viewArticle&code=FUL20051110&articleId=1230   (6040 words)

 NEGROPONTE - Sleeping Ambassador or Death Squad Diplomat? - A BuzzFlash Reader Contribution
To the people of the Honduras, the mention of his name alone undoubtedly conjured up bloody memories of the CIA-backed death squads and countless atrocities.
Senators who stand ready to rubberstamp Bush's nominee should think about this: Whether or not Ambassador Negroponte advocated death squads or the indiscriminate murder of the general population in the past isn't the problem.
The hidden agenda is to replicate in Iraq, the Central American death squadrons of which Negroponte was one of the main architects.
www.buzzflash.com /contributors/04/04/con04178.html   (1236 words)

 Portsmouth Herald World/National News: Iraq probes ‘death squad’ violence
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry announced an investigation Thursday into claims of death squads in its ranks as police found a dozen more bodies, bringing the number of apparent victims of sectarian reprisal killings here to at least 30 this week.
The probe was announced after U.S. military officials indicated there was evidence to support the allegation of death squads.
In the death squad case, Iraqi security officials said the Interior Ministry probe would focus on a single incident involving 22 Iraqi policemen who U.S. authorities said were detained last month before they were able to kill a Sunni Arab man north of Baghdad.
www.seacoastonline.com /news/02172006/world/88247.htm   (854 words)

 Death Squad Democracy
The notion that Iraq is now consumed by civil war depends on a number of assumptions that are inherently false.
Journalist Paul McGeough was given the tapes and is planning to report on their content in the Sydney Morning Herald.
If, however, this was the work of American-backed death squads, then the alternate goal of “governing through terror”; has been achieved.
www.guerrillanews.com /headlines/8224/Death_Squad_Democracy   (1614 words)

 Policemen, rebel returnees among members of Davao death squad   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
AVAO CITY--Policemen and rebel returnees are among the members of the dreaded Davao Death Squad (DDS), the group suspected of summarily executing at least 150 drug pushers and petty criminals since 1995, the regional chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here said.
Charlemagne Alejandrino, chief of the directorial staff of the PNP regional headquarters and head of the task force, said earlier that their investigation would include a look into allegations of involvement by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the DDS.
He said the Davao Death Squad is a myth, and that while there is a DDS, it refers to the Dog Death Squad or the team handling stray dogs.
www.cyberdyaryo.com /features/f2001_1121_04.htm   (744 words)

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