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  Human rights in Saddam's Iraq - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Iraq under Saddam Hussein was notorious for high levels of torture and mass murder.
Secret police, tort, murders, targeted assassinations, chemical weapons, and the destruction of wetlands (more specifically, the destruction of the food sources of rival groups) were some of the methods critics say Saddam Hussein used to maintain control.
The total number of deaths related to torture and murder during this period are unknown as are the reports of human rights violations.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Human_rights_in_Saddam's_Iraq   (1789 words)

 1,500 White African Mercenaries In Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
In Iraq, Strydom found his skills were in demand.
Employed by US-based firm SAS International, Strydom was one of a number of South Africans in Iraq working as private "security experts" before a January 28 bomb outside the Shaheen Hotel prematurely terminated his contract.
It was estimated that 1 500 former soldiers and policemen were operating in Iraq, in defiance of stringent legislation forbidding the practice.
www.rense.com /general49/inir.htm   (457 words)

 SI.com - Sports Illustrated -- The Magazine - From Sports Illustrated: Son of Saddam - Monday March 24, 2003 05:00 PM
As Iraq's top Olympic official, Uday Hussein is accused of the torture and murder of athletes who fail to win
By 10 he was accompanying his father to the torture chamber at Qasr-al-Nihayyah (the Palace of the End, where many political enemies, including deposed King Faisal II, were killed) to watch Saddam deal with dissidents.
Ahmed Kadoim, a FIFA-recognized referee who fled Iraq in December, tells a similar tale of torture at Uday's hands after he refused to fix a soccer game last May. "I was the referee of a match between Al-Shorta and the club of the air force," Kadoim says.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /si_online/news/2003/03/24/son_of_saddam   (2132 words)

 Torture in Iraq — Just some ‘Bad Apples
U.S. Torture of detainees is not Confined to Iraq
While the accusations of torture and murder in Shiberghan prison may be difficult to substantiate so long after the event, a mass grave containing the bodies of thousands of prisoners does lie just four kilometres from that jail.
Torture is an intrinsic characteristic of U.S. foreign and domestic policy and cultural stances and practice.
www.warresisters.org /Torture_in_Iraq.htm   (8774 words)

 Britain Accuses Iraq of Torture, Rape
Legislator George Galloway, whose visits to Iraq and dogged opposition to U.N. sanctions have earned him the nickname ``the MP for Baghdad West,'' said there was no doubt the Iraqi regime was guilty of gross human rights abuses, but that the report had vested interests.
Political dissidents are tortured, women lack basic human rights and are routinely raped by security personnel while in custody, and political prisoners are kept in inhumane and degrading conditions, the report said.
It details Saddam's persecution of Iraq's ethnic Kurds and the Shiite religious community and provides a checklist of methods of torture, including eye gouging, electric shock and piercing hands with electric drills.
www.iraqfoundation.org /news/2002/ldec/3_rape.html   (756 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | US military in torture scandal
Martin Kettle: The inquest on Iraq cannot be left to the absolutists
Graphic photographs showing the torture and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners in a US-run prison outside Baghdad emerged yesterday from a military inquiry which has left six soldiers facing a possible court martial and a general under investigation.
Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations for the US military in Iraq, expressed his embarrassment and regret for what had happened.
www.guardian.co.uk /Iraq/Story/0,2763,1206725,00.html   (1169 words)

 Iraqi Women Under Saddam's Regime: A Population Silenced
Iraq is a nation rich in culture, with a long history of intellectual and scientific achievement, especially among its women.
The Iraqi Government routinely tortures and kills female dissidents and the female relatives of Iraqi oppositionists and defectors.
As Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky stated after her recent meeting with a group of free Iraqi women: "It is clear that the women of Iraq have a critical role to play in the future revival of their society.
www.state.gov /g/wi/rls/18877.htm   (776 words)

 Don't Support the Troops
hile criticism of the US war in Iraq continues to mount, even in circles, such as the US mainstream media, where it had been effectively censored up till fairly recently, one theme is continually promoted amongst critics: we may be against the war and Bush’s policies but we obviously DO support the troops.
In the face of quite reasonable conservative attacks which equate opposition to the war with opposition to the troops fighting it, the war’s critics have allowed themselves to be bullied into an intellectually and morally contradictory position.
In the end, if supporting the troops means supporting Bush’s dishonest and criminal war in Iraq, and if one is opposed to that war, he must not support the troops who fight it any more than he supports the appointed President who orders them to do so.
jktarot.com /nosupport.html   (581 words)

 USATODAY.com - Iraqis pour out tales of Saddam's torture chambers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
U.S. forces have not found conclusive proof that Iraq possessed chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, but thousands of sites remain to be searched, Army Gen. Tommy Franks told CNN in an interview at the U.S. Central Command's war headquarters in Qatar on Sunday.
Reports of hidden dungeons where prisoners were subjected to torture and held without trial were surfacing inside and outside the capital over the weekend.
In the southern city of Basra, Iraq's second-most-populous city with more than 1 million people, British army engineers brought in heavy digging equipment to look into locals' claims that prisoners were trapped in cells underneath the main police station.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2003-04-13-saddam-secrets-usat_x.htm   (1818 words)

 Iraq Contract Awarded to Controversial former Scots Guards Officer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
A former Scots Guards officer who suggested that murdered Belfast teenager Peter Mc Bride may have been carrying a bomb when he was murdered by two soldiers under his command has been awarded a major private security contract in Iraq by the US Department of Defence.
Despite numerous court rulings that held that the soldiers under his command murdered an unarmed 18 year old boy and concocted lies to cover up their actions Spicer has continued to claim that his soldiers should not have been prosecuted.
His deeply offensive claims about the murder were repeated in the Daily Mail leading to calls for a boycott of the paper by Jean Mc Bride and a complaint to the Press Complaints Council.
www.serve.com /pfc/pmcbride/040614pfc.html   (636 words)

 CBS News | GIs Charged In Detainee Death | July 2, 2004 11:22:59
Rogelio M. Maynulet of the 1st Armored Division was charged June 12 with murder and dereliction of duty for the suspected killing of an Iraqi male May 21 near Kufa, south Baghdad.
Elizabeth Palmer reports on a new round of lethal attacks Iraq, including a mortar barrage on a U.S. base in Baghdad that killed two Americans, one a soldier, the other a civilian contractor.
From the president down, the Bush administration is engaged in a dispute over whether there was credible evidence of a cooperative relationship between Saddam and al Qaeda, Bill Plante reports.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2004/04/30/iraq/main614905.shtml   (1070 words)

 The Insider - US admits to rape, torture and murder in Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
In August 2002, the Justice Department advised the White House that torturing al Qaeda terrorists in captivity abroad "may be justified," and that international laws against torture "may be unconstitutional if applied to interrogations" conducted in President Bush's war on terrorism, according to a newly obtained memo.
Questioned about the allegations of torture by British troops the Prime Minister said it was a very serious matter because we went to war in Iraq to stop Saddam Hussein doing precisely that sort of thing.
Janis L. Karpinski, the commander of U.S. detention facilities in Iraq at the time of the alleged abuse, claimed that military intelligence imposed its authority so fully that she eventually had limited access to the interrogation facilities.
www.theanalysis.net /news/article.asp?id=498   (3451 words)

 Iraq demands rape-murder case probe - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com
Steve D. Green was charged with rape and four counts of murder Monday in federal court in Charlotte, N.C. At least four other U.S. soldiers still in Iraq are under investigation.
He also said questions about why the U.S. soldiers apparently had been left to their own devices despite rigorous military protocol in Iraq were among the many issues being investigated and he said results should be available in the next week or so.
Meanwhile, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi said a group claiming to have kidnapped a Sunni legislator made several demands for her freedom: the release of all detainees, a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops and an end to attacks on Shiite mosques.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/13696479   (938 words)

 US lies and murder in Iraq: the killing of Maj. Gen. Mowhoush   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
In the course of his interrogation, he was severely and repeatedly beaten by Iraqi paramilitaries, code-named Scorpions, working with the CIA and Army interrogators, and on November 26, 2003 he was stuffed into a sleeping bag by an Army interrogator and military guard and wrapped with an electrical cord.
The Post account makes the case that the torture and murder of Mowhoush cannot be written off as the actions of low-level “rogue elements” within the US military or the CIA.
But they are not the primary authors of the murder of Mowhoush, and his torture and death are not a mere aberration.
www.wsws.org /articles/2005/aug2005/mowh-a05.shtml   (1459 words)

 Iraq Occupation and Resistance Report
Torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Iraqi custody.
Torture is wrong because it inflicts unspeakable pain upon the body of a fellow human being who is entirely at our mercy.
Torture destroys the soul of the torturer even as it destroys the body of his victim.
psychoanalystsopposewar.org /ORR0105.htm   (12224 words)

 Soldier from Houston dies in Iraq two weeks into duty 21-year-old killed while fighting in Fallujah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Iraq is a very dangerous place, and this young soldier was clearly in harm's way.
There are people who want all Americans dead, and in the defense of the great mass of people both in this country and in Iraq who would dearly love for the attacks to cease, this young man offered up his skills and perspicuity to defeat that mindless brand of murderous madness.
In Austin a small group of construction workers organized a city-wide boycott of providing construction material to people who were trying to build an abortion clinic by simply spreading the word that their businesses were indirectly helping abortion.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1113249/posts   (3564 words)

 The New York Review of Books: Torture in Iraq
According to their accounts, the torture and other mistreatment of Iraqis in detention was systematic and was known at varying levels of command.
All had served in Afghanistan prior to Iraq and said that contradictory statements by US officials regarding the applicability of the Geneva Conventions in Afghanistan and Iraq (see Conclusion) contributed to their confusion, and ultimately to how they treated prisoners.
The torture of detainees reportedly was so widespread and accepted that it became a means of stress relief for soldiers.
www.nybooks.com /articles/18414   (5590 words)

 FindLaw's Writ - Mariner: Private Contractors Who Torture
One civilian interrogator, for example, was accused of allowing or instructing military police to take unauthorized measures to "facilitate interrogations." The interrogator, the report stated, "clearly knew his instructions equated to physical abuse." And the report found, in general, that civilian contractors were not properly supervised, enjoying unmonitored free access to detainees.
Besides torture and ill-treatment, civilian contractors are also accused of involvement in wrongful deaths.
Since torture is presumably not foreseen in the contract, it is theoretically possible, if unlikely, that the abuses at Abu Ghraib could be deemed to have been committed outside of the contractors' official activities.
writ.news.findlaw.com /mariner/20040510.html   (1191 words)

 AlterNet: War on Iraq: Another Senseless Murder in Iraq
Alaa was held in a torture center for nine months in 2000.
Posted by: enzolima on Jul 7, 2006 4:52 AM Senseless murder in Iraq began with the first Iraqi death after the Neocon SS and der Furhers Blitzkreig, aka Shock N Awe.
It also reveals how he was held in jail for 3 years (torture facility, I believe for 9 months, according to the article), and was released just before the U.S. invasion.
www.alternet.org /waroniraq/38562   (2245 words)

 Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh spills the secrets of the Iraq quagmire and the war on terror
BERKELEY – The Iraq war is not winnable, a secret U.S. military unit has been "disappearing" people since December 2001, and America has no idea how irreparably its torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison has damaged its image in the Middle East.
While his writing is dense but digestible, in person Hersh speaks with the rambling urgency of a street-corner doomsayer, leaping from point to point and anecdote to anecdote and frequently failing to finish his clauses, let alone his sentences.
Sources were suggesting that the many acts of domestic terrorism in Iraq that U.S. officials have been attributing to suspected Al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi are in fact a smokescreen set up by the insurgents.
www.berkeley.edu /news/media/releases/2004/10/11_hersh.shtml   (2044 words)

 The Insider - US military exposed - systematic torture and murder of Afghan prisoners
Shocking and detailed accounts have emerged of how two Afghan prisoners were tortured to death by American interrogators and prison guards at Bagram air base, outside Kabul.
A 2,000-page report on an internal investigation by the US military leaked to The New York Times and published yesterday provides exhaustive detail on how the two were kept chained in excruciating positions and kicked to death.
The report reveals that Dilawar, a taxi driver, died despite the fact that most of the interrogators were convinced he was innocent.
www.theinsider.org /news/article.asp?id=1205   (865 words)

 Irish Echo Online - News
He had suggested, at the trial of two other soldiers, that the murdered man had been carrying a bomb.
"Despite numerous court rulings that soldiers under his command murdered an unarmed boy and concocted lies to cover up their actions, Spicer has continued to claim that his soldiers should not have been prosecuted," the spokesman said.
"Given the involvement of private security firms in torture and murder in Iraq I shudder to think that Spicer has been awarded a contract to create the world's largest private army," she said.
www.irishecho.com /newspaper/story.cfm?id=14740   (542 words)

 BORDC: Current Threats: U.S. Use of Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, and Rendition
Descriptions of abuse, torture, and murder at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison match experiences of detainees in prisons from Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, Brooklyn, and elsewhere around the world.
Most of the reported 108 deaths of prisoners in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan have been caused by torture and abuse.
The American people and their government know that the abhorrent practices of torture and degrading treatmentare wrong, whether they are carried out by U.S. government forces or by other countries acting on our government's behalf.
www.bordc.org /threats/torture.php   (2180 words)

 U.S. Regime Change, Torture, and Murder in Chile
What mattered to U.S. officials was not democracy in Chile but rather the same thing that matters to them today in Iraq — the installation of a ruler, brutal or benevolent, democratically elected or not, who was friendly to the U.S. government.
If that meant supporting a cruel and brutal military dictator whose forces killed, tortured, or disappeared his own people, so be it.
Chileans remember the decades of military rule in their country, characterized by middle-of-the-night arrests, obliterations of civil liberties, torture, executions, disappearances of suspected terrorists, and other human-rights abuses that eerily bring to mind the U.S. military’s “war on terrorism” policies in Iraq, Cuba, Afghanistan, and the United States.
www.fff.org /comment/com0411i.asp   (582 words)

Two top Ubu phynancial advisers, Scott “Squeaky” MacLanolinhans and Karl “The Punisher” Rove, speaking on condition of extreme anonymity, told PMS reporters early Thursday that Fubar W. Ubu stood firmly behind McRumsfeld as he administered a stern lecture with the old rummy bent over the desk in the Oval Office, saying his morning devotional.
While the Ubu administration often talks about responsibility and accountability, it seldom acts in ways that indicate it understands those concepts any better than the president is able to pronounce words about them read off a teleprompter.
So the ongoing torture and murder in Iraq don't necessarily mean McRumsfeld need consider retirement, according to Peter Brookes, diplomacy and national security expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington.
homepage.mac.com /garyligi/iblog/C1382926012/E979070739   (475 words)

 Asia Times - Asia's most trusted news source for the Middle East   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Irish-Americans are actively campaigning against the contract because of Spicer's role as commanding officer of the Scots Guards in Belfast in 1992, when two of his soldiers shot dead 18-year-old Peter McBride.
The killers, Mark Wright and James Fisher, were convicted of murder, but were released early and allowed to rejoin their regiment after a lobbying campaign in which Spicer featured prominently.
"Despite numerous court rulings that held that the soldiers under his command murdered an unarmed 18-year-old boy and concocted lies to cover up their actions, Spicer has continued to claim that his soldiers should not have been prosecuted," said a spokesman for Irish human-rights group the Pat Finucane Center.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/FG30Ak03.html   (804 words)

 Real Torture And Murder In Iraq: Where's The National Outrage? :: Iraq :: Hyscience
Congressman Mark Kennedy (R-Minnesota) made this statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives today, following the torture and brutal killing of two American soldiers in Iraq.
We hear stories today of two of our soldiers having suffered unspeakable torture, and left in a nearly-unrecognizable condition.
Iraq Was Hiding Chemical Weapons Facilities in 1999 - Jul 07, 2006
www.hyscience.com /archives/2006/06/real_torture_an.php   (717 words)

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