My Left Wing :: Bad apples my Ass! Trial reveals ops of CIA/Army Torture units

by: Magorn
August 03, 2005 at 16:49:03 America/Chicago
( - promoted by Maryscott O'Connor)

Every Day a new revelation, a new Stain on our national honor, a new worry that maybe those stains are permanent. a fear that even after Chimpy and his minions are rotting in their well-deserved places in hell, we'll never be the same, never able to look the world straight in the eye again, never occupy anything resembling the moral high ground.

Today we take another blow, learn of another outrage, committed in our name and by our people. Thanks to some First class reporting by Josh White of the Washington Post we have the sordid story of Army Interrogators and a CIA Torture Squad, who teamed up to literally beat a nearly 60 year-old Iraqi POW to death.) Worse yet, this is nothing more than SOP for these units.

So much for isolated incidents and bad apples:
IRAQ :: Magorn :: Bad apples my Ass! Trial reveals ops of CIA/Army Torture units

Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush was being stubborn, ...a series of intense beatings ...were not enough to break his will. On the morning of Nov. 26, 2003, a U.S. Army interrogator and a military guard grabbed a green sleeping bag, stuffed Mowhoush inside, wrapped him in an electrical cord, laid him on the floor and began to go to work. Again.

It was inside the sleeping bag that the 56-year-old detainee took his last breath through broken ribs, lying on the floor beneath a U.S. soldier in Interrogation Room 6

Two days before, a secret CIA-sponsored group of Iraqi paramilitaries, working with Army interrogators, had beaten Mowhoush nearly senseless, using fists, a club and a rubber hose, according to classified documents.

And let there be no mistake about this being a random or aberrant act. The CIA trained thugs who delivered the rubber hose beating were merely part of a highly structured system of brutality:

At Blacksmith, according to military sources, there was a tiered system of interrogations. Army interrogators were the first level.

When Army efforts produced nothing useful, detainees would be handed over to members of Operational Detachment Alpha 531, soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group, the CIA or a combination of the three. "The personnel were dressed in civilian clothes and wore balaclavas to hide their identity," according to a Jan. 18, 2004, report for the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.

If they did not get what they wanted, the interrogators would deliver the detainees to a small team of the CIA-sponsored Iraqi paramilitary squads, code-named Scorpions, according to a military source familiar with the operation."

Sometimes, soldiers and intelligence officers used the mere existence of the paramilitary unit as a threat to induce detainees to talk, one Army soldier said in an interview. "Detainees knew that if they went to those people, bad things would happen," the soldier said. "It was used as a motivator to get them to talk. They didn't want to go with the masked men."

The Scorpions went by nicknames such as Alligator and Cobra.

Well isn't that lovely? They even went to the trouble to the have special uniforms and dangerous sounding codenames for our torturers as well. I wonder if it brought some solace to the operative assigned to breaking the bones of a helpless detainee that he got a cool code name as part of the deal?

The story of General Mowhoush's demise is as sickening for its brutality as it was for the futility and worthlessness of the tactics used. It needn't have been that way. The man eventually beaten to death for his intransigence started his ordeal by voluntarily walking onto the US Army Base

My Left Wing :: Bad apples my Ass! Trial reveals ops of CIA/Army Torture units


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