Monday, November 28, 2005

Aegis Security Puts Online a Video of Contractors Shooting Civilians


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Reporters in England discover an online video put up by Aegis Defense Services, a firm with a big "security" contract in Iraq, showing them killing civilians (and laughing). This brings up the topic of the glee and joy the invaders take in shooting unarmed civilians. And why the mass of Iraqis as well as Afghanis, hate us so much and why we are losing.

From the Telegraph:
A "trophy" video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.

Lt Col Tim Spicer is investigating the incident
The video, which first appeared on a website that has been linked unofficially to Aegis Defence Services, contained four separate clips, in which security guards open fire with automatic rifles at civilian cars. All of the shooting incidents apparently took place on "route Irish", a road that links the airport to Baghdad.

The road has acquired the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous in the world because of the number of suicide attacks and ambushes carried out by insurgents against coalition troops. In one four-month period earlier this year it was the scene of 150 attacks.
I decided to check out Lr. Spicer and his website. Here it is: Aegis Fun Page:
I have today seen the new website - "Aegis Iraq PSD Teams", I have a number of points I wish to make:

I am fully in favour of good natured banter and a light hearted view of life and its difficulties in Iraq .
I encourage anything that takes the pressure off and improves motivation.
I would not be in favour of a site if it was in any way libellous to anyone, down right nasty or detrimental to anyone's morale.
My major concern is one of OPSEC - either that of our clients or our own individuals - posting unblanked photos may not be so clever. Anything that is of use to AIF should not be allowed to flourish.
I am also concerned about media interest in this site and I remind everyone of their contractual obligation not to speak to or assist the media without clearing it with the project management or Aegis London. This site could be construed in this way.
I remind everyone that there is a proper chain of command for airing concerns, grievances etc.
Please think twice about posting your happy snaps and whilst I am not concerned about this site as yet, if it develops into something other than a light hearted pressure valve I will take a much greater interest.
Remember that your job and those of your colleagues indirectly relies on the maintenance of our contract. Refrain from posting anything which is detrimental to the company since this could result in the loss or curtailment of our contract with resultant loss for everybody.
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Spicer, OBE
As always, revealing the "fun" our forces and our contractors are having is a big no-no. So long as only the Iraqis get to experience our hilarity, it is OK, just don't photograph it or put it online! Keep it under wraps, dudes.

We are fortunate these depraved people boast about their many war crimes. They really do think all of this is very funny. Hahaha. A big joke. Since this war is being run by psychopaths who like to joke about executing women or think war is funny so long as no one can shoot back, we get psychpathic behavior down in the lower ranks. Lt. Spicer is no angel. He has a record of giving arms to despots but this is no different from American official arms trafficking like selling arms to Saddam when he was conducting his totally illegal war against Iran.

From the Telegraph article:
The Foreign Office has also confirmed that it is investigating the contents of the video in conjunction with Aegis, one of the biggest security companies operating in Iraq. The company was recently awarded a £220 million security contract in Iraq by the United States government. Aegis conducts a number of security duties and helped with the collection of ballot papers in the country's recent referendum

Lt Col Spicer, 53, rose to public prominence in 1998 when his private military company Sandlines International was accused of breaking United Nations sanctions by selling arms to Sierra Leone.
The lunacy of paying uncontrolled mercenaries to provide security in war zones is now fully evident. The Fallujah incident when an enraged mob, no doubt brought to a boiling point by the sort of random haha shootins these mercenaries indulge in, attacked a mercenary vehicle and burned it. Then hung the bodies from a bridge as a warning. We then committed very grave war crimes, using chemical warfare against unarmed civilians there, and now we are in very serious legal trouble. First, we had to hide our crimes. This meant attacking al Jazeera who exposed our use of illegal chemical bombs, this led to Bush trying to pressure Blair into becoming a fellow war criminal by attacking a civilian television station in another, totally innocent country! This mess should be aired out in trials at the Hague but it won't because first, the perpetrators should be captured and Bush is surrounded by sharp shooters and military who will kill even American citizens if they even dare raise a hand against this psychopatic multiarrested AWOL criminal.

Click here if you want to see a video of Americans shooting unarmed demonstrators, dropping a bomb on them! While laughing.

Four Swedish soldiers blown up in Afghanistan this week: From Xinhuanet:
Four Swedish soldier were injured Friday afternoon in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, a local police officer said.

"This afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. in Mazar-e-Sharif a Swedish vehicle belongs to ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) hit a bomb on the way back from the buzkashi game. Four Swedish soldiers were injured, and one of them is in very serious condition," Shir Durani, spokesperson of the provincial police chief told Xinhua.

At the same time, an interpreter of the Swedish soldiers said on condition of anonymity that one Swedish soldier was killed, three others were injured.

About 11,000-strong NATO-led ISAF forces stationed in Afghanistan after the collapse of Taliban in late 2001. They continued with the cleanup operation of Taliban remains to stabilize the war-ravaged country.
The UN saw the need to stabilize this country. We screwed up the initial war and our actions in Iraq have aggravated the situation in Afghanistan and now the earthquake has made things worse, showing the mountain people that the dictator in Pakistan and the Americans don't give a hoot about them except to oppress them, this is making our opponents much stronger!

Already, with the stench of defeat in our nostrils, we try to extracate our troops. Here is the latest lunacy about this: From Newsweek:
Under the Pentagon's plans, U.S. numbers are to be reduced back to about 138,000 by the new year (troop totals are now edging up to 160,000 leading into the December election). Then, under what the Pentagon calls a "moderately optimistic" scenario—but the one it considers most likely—20,000 to 30,000 more troops would come out by mid-2006, with a further goal of phasing down the U.S. presence to 80,000 to 100,000 by "late next year." As additional evidence of its intentions, the Defense Department quietly announced on Nov. 7 the major units scheduled to deploy to Iraq in the next big rotation, starting in late summer next year. Those units add up to 92,000 U.S. troops in 2007.

To secure the country with so few troops, Khalilzad and Casey have had to swallow their pride. They are making compromises with Sunni supporters of the insurgency that would have been unthinkable a year ago. President Bush is also doing what he has been loath to do: asking neighboring countries for help, even the rabid anti-American Islamists in Tehran. Khalilzad revealed to NEWSWEEK that he has received explicit permission from Bush to begin a diplomatic dialogue with Iran, which has meddled politically in Iraq. "I've been authorized by the president to engage the Iranians as I engaged them in Afghanistan directly," says Khalilzad. "There will be meetings, and that's also a departure and an adjustment. "
My god. Didn't our insane ruler yap about the Triumverate of Evil so long ago? The Troika of Terror? The Triples of Turbulence? So, we ink treaties with North Korea, send them food, we go to Iran, hat in hand, "Please save us from the one country that didn't have terrorists", we beg.

I remember when troop strength was under 125,000 and our psychopath was prancing around an aircraft carrier under a "Mission Accomplished" banner. He lied about the banner, pretending it was made by the crew of the ship and put up spontaneously rather than manufactured professionally and brought aboard by the film crew to set up as a backdrop. Bush should have been removed from office for lying about all this. There has been 1000 reasons to remove this clown. Of course, he should never had been put in office when it was discovered he lied about being arrested again and again. Heck, putting career criminals into powerful positions always leads to really bad things happening!

Meanwhile, our criminal government tries in vain to have trials of people they accuse of being terrorists: From the Guardian:
The Bush administration decided not to charge Jose Padilla with planning to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in a US city because the evidence against him was extracted using torture on members of al-Qaida, it was claimed yesterday.
Mr Padilla, a US citizen who had been held for more than three years as an "enemy combatant" in a military prison in North Carolina, was indicted on Tuesday on the lesser charges of supporting terrorism abroad. After his arrest in 2002 the Brooklyn-born Muslim convert was also accused by the administration of planning to blow up apartment blocks in New York using natural gas.

The administration had used his case as evidence of the continued threat posed by al-Qaida inside America.
Yesterday's New York Times, quoting unnamed current and former government officials, said the main evidence of Mr Padilla's involvement in the plots against US cities had come from two captured al-Qaida leaders, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, believed to be the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, and Abu Zubaydah, a leading al-Qaida recruiter. But the officials told the newspaper Mr Padilla could not be charged with the bomb plots because neither of the al-Qaida leaders could be used as witnesses as they had been subjected to harsh questioning and could open up charges from defence lawyers that their earlier statements resulted from torture. Officials also feared that their testimony could expose classified information about the CIA prison system in which the men were thought to be held.
This is what our Founding Fathers fought to end: Star Chambers.
In a sense the court was a supervisory body; its members oversaw the operations of lower courts. As well, its members could hear cases by direct appeal. Members of the court were either privy councillors (i.e. members of the king's advisory body) or judges drawn from the courts of common law.

The mandate of the court expanded under the Tudors to include instances of public disorder. Judges would receive petitions involving property rights, public corruption, trade and government administration, and disputes arising from land enclosures. Although the court was initially a court of appeal, Henry VIII and his councillors Wolsey and Cranmer encouraged plaintiffs to bring their cases directly to the Star Chamber, bypassing the lower courts entirely.

Although the court could order torture, prison, and ines, it did not have the power to impose the death sentence. Under the Tudors Star Chamber sessions were public.

The power of the court of Star Chamber grew considerably under the Stuarts, and by the time of Charles I it had become a byword for misuse and abuse of power by the king and his circle. James I and his son Charles used the court to examine cases of sedition, which, in practice, meant that the court could be used to suppress opposition to royal policies. It became used to try nobles too powerful to be brought to trial in the lower courts. Court sessions were held in secret, with no right of appeal, and punishment was swift and severe to any enemy of the crown.

Charles I used the Court of Star Chamber as a sort of Parliamentary substitute during the years 1628-40, when he refused to call Parliament.

Finally, in 1641 the Long Parliament abolished the hated Star Chamber, though its name survives still to designate arbitrary, secretive proceedings in opposition to personal rights and liberty.
To be imprisoned at the whims of a ruler is the most odious thing our Founders could think of, aside from slavery which many of them endorsed heartily. Indeed, from day one, America has been fractured by the chasm between idealism and crass usage. This is why we broke our treaties with the tribes who resided here before our invasion, why we go insane when we embrace patriotism, why we can't take the world peacefully and convert enemies into friends without lots of chaos and killing.

Most people want to be friends and do business. But not if the terms are akin to looting expeditions or piracy. We don't like to be attacked by pirates, do we? Yet we want to be exactly that when we want something and can't pay for it.

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