Wednesday, August 03, 2005

THIS IS A WAR CRIME

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

It never ends, does it? Saddam, the other day, claimed he was physically attacked in court when he had a hearing. The long awaited trial seems to be crawling along. I can't see anyone convicting him of anything at this point. "Killing his own people" is particularily ridiculous since everyone is killing Iraqis these days.

Now comes more shattering news: From the Washington Post:

Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush was being stubborn with his American captors, and a series of intense beatings and creative interrogation tactics 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 in the western Iraqi desert. 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.
OK, everyone. Listen carefully.

General Mowhoush was in uniform. He surrendered. Was captured. He has a legal right to try to free himself, you know. I.e., escape. He also only has to give his name, rank and serial number. The excuse we use for running a gulag system with no Human Rights controls can't be used in this case. He certainly comes under all the statutes of the Geneva Conventions not to mention older stuff like the Code of Chivalry, just for one example.

The Mongols were famous for wrapping people, especially those defending Babylon, in rugs and smothering them to death. Isn't this interesting? Before our invasion, Saddam compared us, accurately it now appears, with the terrifying Mongols who piled pyramids of skulls.

Aren't we charming.
Two Army soldiers with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Carson, Colo., are charged with killing Mowhoush with the sleeping-bag technique, and his death has been the subject of partially open court proceedings at the base in Colorado Springs. Two other soldiers alleged to have participated face potential nonjudicial punishment. Some details of the incident have been released and were previously reported. But an examination of numerous classified documents gathered during the criminal investigation into Mowhoush's death, and interviews with Defense Department officials and current and former intelligence officials, present a fuller picture of what happened and outline the role played in his interrogation by the CIA, its Iraqi paramilitaries and Special Forces soldiers.
Over and over again, the lowest levels of our military gulag apparatus are blamed for the crimes they were heartily enouraged to commit. Over and over and over again, the people supposedly in charge claim they had no idea of what was going on below themselves in the chain of command which seems more like a stew of command, no one in charge of anyone.

Just rogue soldiers running wild.

Yeah. Like in a rat's ass. This "out of the loop" loopiness has infected our entire government all the way to Mr. Out of the Loop and Out of the Solar System President Bush. This perpetual "hands off" while beating and torturing people to death in every prison we run cannot be accidental.

The Nazis tried this at Nuremburg. They pretended the whole apparatus of death was accidental. We still executed them.

Here is a true story about my relatives in Germany:Moosberg Online:
"... Eines Tages kam ein Befehl, der dahin ging, daß durch Aussonderungskommandos der Gestapo in den Kriegsgefangenenlagern und auch in den Arbeitskommandos, die draußen auf dem Lande waren, die russischen Kriegsgefangenen auf sogenannte untragbare Elemente zu durchsuchen seien. Die Aussonderung der untragbaren Elemente war dabei angeordnet. Was mit den Ausgesonderten geschehen sollte, war mir damals zunächst nicht bekannt. Was den Zeitpunkt anlangt, in dem dieser Befehl an meine Dienststelle kam, so wird es wohl Herbst 1941 gewesen sein, wenn ich mich auch heute nicht mehr genau erinnere. Ich erinnere mich aber, daß schon vor Eingang dieses Befehls einmal ca. 400 russische Kriegsgefangene aus den Beständen des Stalags Moosburg und der zugehörigen Arbeitskommandos ausgesondert und nach Dachau gebracht wurden. Ich kam damals zu der Vermutung, daß auch diese Kriegsgefangenen in Dachau schon vernichtet wurden. Zu dieser Vermutung kam ich deshalb, weil bei einer späteren Auseinandersetzung zwischen mir und dem Reg.Rat Schimmel - dem seinerzeitigen Leiter der Gestapo München - [ 18 ] dieser letztere erklärt hat, seine Leute seien am seelischen Zusammenbruch wegen der zahlreichen Erschießungen. Ich habe daraus gefolgert, daß schon seit längerer Zeit Erschießungen vorgenommen wurden, und habe weiter gefolgert, daß die ca. 400 schon früher ausgesonderten russ. Kriegsgefangenen dieses Los gehabt hätten.
Unfortunately, this is all in German but it is the testimony of a relative of mine who was the General in charge of this notorious camp. He balked at sending Russian soldiers over to be used as human research subjects especially when he learned they were brutally killed.

He told his superiors (one Herr Hitler) that this was not allowed by the Geneva Conventions.

Well, my relative wasn't hung by the neck after the Nuremburg Trials ended. He chose correctly when it was very dangerous to choose at all.

The main thing is, he was in charge. And so he felt he was responsible even though Himmler himself ordered him to not be in charge, he stated that the Geneva Conventions made him in charge once he enrolled a prisoner in his Stalag, that was that. Himmler could not come in and remove any prisoners. Period.

The lesson here is: someone above is always in charge. If soldiers "run riot" and murder and kill, they can't simply be punished mildly over and over again. The leadership is responsible and we see no sign of anyone above the lowest classifications being put on trial, properly.

Ie: at the Hague. This is an international violation of international laws. We can't try ourselves. It has to be done properly by international authorities or the UN.

Fat chance of that happening. Gott hilfe uns alles.

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