Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker has revealed the latest cover-up and disgraceful effort to suppress investigations of torture at Abu Ghraib. Major General Antonio Taguba was essentially derailed from ever receiving a third star for daring to conduct an investigation that revealed:
“Numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees . . . systemic and illegal abuse.”
Remember these folks are telling you the surge is working or just needs more time or much of Baghdad is pacific like La Jolla; oh, pockets are unstable and yes, by the way, troops will be necessary for long-term “national security” objectives, but our “MISSION” is succeeding with time and effort. The mission is hegemony, destruction of the Arab nation, Zionist persecution of the Palestinians and the destruction of 72 million Iranians as possible collateral damage in counterproliferation tactics being devised out of Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. That is the mission of this terrorist democracy that does not possess a single major political party that supports both withdrawal of the troops and a defunding of this unjust and injudicious use of American military power.
American Hero: Major General Antonio Taguba, retired under pressure in January 2007
Paul Wolfowitz, former deputy secretary of defence who resigned in disgrace as World Bank President due to unethical and unseemly salary and employment favours for his girl friend, and others were grilling General Taguba for having reported torture and not abuse as if abuse is acceptable to the great hyperpower but torture is not. These warmongers were beginning to undermine Gen Taguba in a coverup attempt. He was not allowed to investigate officers but only military police: let the brass do the crime, but the poor grunts the time. Yet support the troops. You know how it goes!!:
“In the meeting [in SecDef Donald Rumsfeld’s office], the officials professed ignorance about Abu Ghraib. â€œCould you tell us what happened?â€ Wolfowitz asked. Someone else asked, â€œIs it abuse or torture?â€ At that point, Taguba recalled, â€œI described a naked detainee lying on the wet floor, handcuffed, with an interrogator shoving things up his rectum, and said, â€˜Thatâ€™s not abuse. Thatâ€™s torture.â€™ There was quiet.â€
He told Mr Hersh about who was put into Abu Ghraib:
“The team spent much of February, 2004, in Iraq. Taguba was overwhelmed by the scale of the wrongdoing. â€œThese were people who were taken off the streets and put in jailâ€”teen-agers and old men and women,â€ he said. â€œI kept on asking these questions of the officers I interviewed: â€˜You knew what was going on. Why didnâ€™t you do something to stop it?â€™ â€ …â€
â€œFrom the moment a soldier enlists, we inculcate loyalty, duty, honor, integrity, and selfless service,â€ Taguba said. â€œAnd yet when we get to the senior-officer level we forget those values. I know that my peers in the Army will be mad at me for speaking out, but the fact is that we violated the laws of land warfare in Abu Ghraib. We violated the tenets of the Geneva Convention. We violated our own principles and we violated the core of our military values. The stress of combat is not an excuse, and I believe, even today, that those civilian and military leaders responsible should be held accountable.â€
The Pentagon, which obviously knew and supported torture and state-sponsored terrorism, wants Americans to believe our killing in war is more professional and ethical than other nations. Yet the opposite is the case as this breathtaking article reveals more coverups and previously unreported examples of additional torture like the Nazis and other nations have committed in war. Shame on America for what you have become!!!
Former Marine Corps Hero: Corporal Adam Kokesh
At least the Pentagon which tries to prevent investigations of the slaughtering and torturing of helpless, defenceless, non-white civilians is consistent. When war hero Corporal Adam Kokesh of the marines wore his uniform at an antiwar demonstration in Washington, D.C., his picture was seen in the Washington Post by military censors. He was kicked out of the Individual Ready Reserve and given a General Discharge. The marines, which had previously given him an Honourable Discharge for his heroic and honourable service in the Iraq War occupation, altered it in an immoral manner. Yet when he chose, AFTER his active duty status had transpired, to exercise his First Amendment rights of free speech, he is then in a cowardly and vicious manner, downgraded to General Discharge. While his discharge does not deny him benefits and is not considered dishonourable, the mere fact of reclassification for daring to protest an immoral and senseless war is a reflection of the military’s effort to lie and deceive the American people.
They want us to worship them as defenders of the “Free World” and as protectors of our democracy. Yet those who put their lives on the line are not given the right to speak out and protest that very action as most Americans can do. From the Abu Ghraib concentration camp, to baby-killers at Haditha, to the persecution of Lieutenant Watada, to the treatment of former marine Kokesh, I think it is time for us to see the militarisation of American life as a grave threat to national security and the preservation of a free society.