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‘The Death Squads’

Posted on Nov 22, 2006
Death Squads
Channel 4

UPDATE: Google has removed the video.

Watch this chilling, full-length documentary (produced by UK’s Channel 4) showing Shiite militia groups waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing in Baghdad. It contains footage and details never before seen in the West. Watch it, and read the accompanying article.


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Up to a hundred bodies a day are found dumped on waste ground and rubbish tips around Baghdad. They’ve usually been dreadfully tortured. Acid and electric drills are the favourite methods and many of the bodies are still wearing police handcuffs.

As we discovered, there is even compelling evidence that the secret prisons of Saddam’s day are back—stinking hell-holes where hundreds of victims are herded together to be raped, tortured and maimed for no crime other than belonging to the wrong sect.

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And it’s all happening under the eyes of U.S. commanders, who seem unwilling or unable to intervene. These are the chilling findings of a special investigation, filmed for a Channel 4 documentary, “The Death Squads,” that reveals how one of the most senior ministers in Iraq’s new administration stands accused of presiding over a campaign to torture, maim and execute his enemies. And this is the dossier that utterly explodes the myth that peace and a liberal democracy are blossoming in the new “liberated” Iraq.

UPDATE: Google has removed the video.

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By ZOC, December 10, 2006 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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The google video is back:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-377952052252839443

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By Daniel Neun, December 5, 2006 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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“The Death Squads”
http://0815-info.de/archiv/2006/dezember/120606.php

Tell it around.
Good Luck to us all und greetz from Berlin.

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By Skruff, December 5, 2006 at 7:18 am Link to this comment
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If we (regular folks) are willing to depend on Google (wealthy, connected, invested folks) for “the truth” We deserve the pablem they ALLOW us to view.

I have heard you can get the story, if not the link from motherjones.com

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By Georgia Whitman, November 30, 2006 at 3:57 am Link to this comment
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Why did Google remove the video? How did that decision come about? A request? Pressure? What the hell is going on?

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By ddfs, November 28, 2006 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment
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The google has removed the video could someone please create a new link to the video.

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By Kathlyn Lew, November 28, 2006 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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The true name of the game is ethnic cleansing knowlingly and cynically carried out by this US administration from its very beginning.

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By ananymous, November 27, 2006 at 8:32 am Link to this comment
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This film makes me sick to my stomach.The ‘Salvador Option’has unfolded once again as history repeats.Negroponte{US ambassador to iraq}and Dick Cheney have first hand experience.They had practice in Central America.The US is no innocent bystander in the promotion of this.It appears that controlled chaos was always the goal of interjection and occupation by US armed forces.Otherwize there would not be the construction of permanent bases to police the theft of Iraqi resources{OIL}by the big four US oil corpses/corporations.
  The ‘death squades’ of Iraq are not very different from the ones of El Salvador. Dressed in state uniforms or as Natl.Guardsmen they kill to create terror and division.It is a horror but also the oldest trick of empire,‘Divide and Conquer’. Look at VietNam,Korea,anywhere that empire has its wars,a running theme is division and letting the two sides then kill each other.It saves the empire alot of bullets and further carnage of their own soldiers.PLUS the propaganda sounds great, they are uncivilized barbarians and fight and kill and torture each other, see,it’s not us,it’s them.
The empire just needed to stir up the hornet’s nest.Tho a cruel irony is, that I’m not sure they have gotten just exactly what they were looking for.

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By ananymous, November 26, 2006 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment
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This film makes me sick to my stomach.The ‘Salvador Option’has unfolded once again as history repeats.Armitage{US ambassador to iraq}and Dick Cheney have first hand experience.They had practice in Central America.The US is no innocent bystander in the promotion of this.It appears that controlled chaos was always the goal of interjection and occupation by US armed forces.Otherwize there would not be the construction of permanent bases to police the theft of Iraqi resources{OIL}by the big four US oil corpses/corporations.
  The ‘death squades’ of Iraq are not very different from the ones of El Salvador. Dressed in state uniforms or as Natl.Guardsmen they kill to create terror and division.It is a horror but also the oldest trick of empire,‘Divide and Conquer’. Look at VietNam,Korea,anywhere that empire has its wars,a running theme is division and letting the two sides then kill each other.It saves the empire alot of bullets and further carnage of their own soldiers.PLUS the propaganda sounds great, they are uncivilized barbarians and fight and kill and torture each other, see,it’s not us,it’s them.
The empire just needed to stir up the hornet’s nest.Tho a cruel irony is, that I’m not sure they have gotten just exactly what they were looking for.

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By Spinoza, November 24, 2006 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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> Many people claim to want peace, including those that are willing to kill for it.


Mr. Nihlo, you lack a sense of irony perhaps.  Killing for peace in the context of contemporary society might very well be a necessity. We live in a world that is insane.

My generalizations “capitalists are evil” (For example) are perfectly rational in the context of the society we live in.  Your rationalist argument is merely an argument and does not remove the truth value of my statement

My comment on the CNN story about the events in Iraq was one word.  Shit.  In the context of events nothing more has to be said.

Everyone who knows the word “capitalist” in the context of the history of the last 200-300 years knows the meaning of the statement “Capitalism is evil” while at the same time understanding that it is not a literally true statement.

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By Ga, November 24, 2006 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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“I wonder whether it could ever be shown in the U.S?”

Never in the mainstream. A miniscule chance that HBO would show it—but I doubt it.

American television is coddled by self-censorship, but not of an etirely political nature. Mostly its self-censorship is due to the (capitalistic) model of advertising revenue wherein no network will be willing to chance loosing viewership (potentially massive).

There are many “groups” in the U.S. with large membership that would—and do—engange in a “How dare you put that on TV!” campaign. This happens even when what is seen is simply “against their values”.

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By Bukko in Australia, November 24, 2006 at 7:01 am Link to this comment
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I watched some of the TV report, until my stomach could not take it any more. Cheers to Channel 4 for putting this together. I wonder whether it could ever be shown in the U.S? Certainly not on network TV. Too confronting.

The U.S. has unleashed the forces of hell. There is no instant karma, but what you do comes back on you. The torture the U.S. has used on foreigners will one day be applied TO Americans. Not by terrorists, but by American “law” enforcement officials. And when the instability caused by this unbelievably bad decision to invade Iraq causes the U.S. economy to shake and crumble, when anarchy wracks the streets of the USA, you’ll see American death squads doing this to other Americans.

If there was a god, I’d ask her to have mercy on America. But I think it’s going to get justice instead. And justice is not always merciful…

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By Nihlo, November 24, 2006 at 2:45 am Link to this comment
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Despite your claims that I am an ignorant idiot, I am intimately familiar with the writings of Spinoza and his neutrally monistic philosophy. I am also well acquainted with the field of ethics.

On the other hand, Spinoza never resorted to personal attacks to shore up his position.  He worked deductively and rationally (albeit mistakenly).  Your sudden proclamation of such claims as all capitalists are evil and the primary goal of the peace movement as something other than peace are clearly (to a reasonable adult, in any event) statements that require some support to be believed.

There is a difference between an evil person and a person that does an evil act.  Individuals that are raised from birth in a capitalist society, fed the capitalist doctrine from birth, and have little to no exposure to robust dissenting positions cannot be reasonably expected to recognize capitalism for the great scourge you claim it to be.  Ought implies can.  Therefore, one cannot hold every single capitalist morally responsible for their economic position, tacit or otherwise.  However, only people that are morally responsible for their evil actions can be called evil people.  Therefore, not every capitalist is an evil person, contrary to your claim.  Your universal generalization is completely unwarranted.

Your claim that “the entire rise of the industrial era in which people were grossly exploited and unfairly treated” demonstrates that all capitalists “need to be defeated” (whatever that means) is patently false.  The latter does not follow from the former, as the true Spinoza would know.  You are missing at least two premises, and they might look something like this (although they could be otherwise):

1. All capitalists are responsible for the industrial era or for other states of affairs with similar effects.

2. Anyone that is responsible for such effects needs to be defeated.

Your argument as you have stated it is a non sequitur.  If you include these premises (or some others perhaps) then it will at least follow, but there is good reason to believe that it would still be unsound.  I will elaborate on those reasons if you decide to adopt supplementary premises to resurrect your fallacy.

“The peace movement has to learn that its primary goal is to fight fascism, fight capitalism, fight imperialism and stay out of taking any side in the ethnic conflict.”

“The primary goal of the peace movement is to achieve peace along with Justice.”

But you said earlier that the peace movement’s primary goal “is to fight fascism, fight capitalism, fight imperialism and stay out of taking any side in the ethnic conflict.”  Peace and justice can exist theoreticaly alongside fascism, capitalism, etc. (viz. there is nothing inherent in the concepts of peace and justice that precludes such political systems).  Many peace movements have no intention of fighting capitalism.

You might say that the fight against your axis of evil is required to achieve peace and justice.  If that is the case, then this fight is actually an instrumental goal, and not the primary goal of any given peace movement.

If any primary goal can be attributed to the collection of peace movements at all, it can be nothing other than peace itself, but that is unremarkable.  Many people claim to want peace, including those that are willing to kill for it.

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By Spinoza, November 23, 2006 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment
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•  Comment #39388 by Nihlo on 11/22 at 11:45 pm
“I think it all part of a conscience plan of divide and rule.”
You mean conscious, not conscience.
Correct

“Capitalists are inherently evil people…”

true.

The ethical basis of capitalism is “might makes right” and greed.  Adherents to this ideology are evil no matter that they love their family or go to church or any other positive act. The underlying premise is evil.

“...who need to be defeated.”

Easily demonstrated

  by pointing to the entire rise of the industrial era in which people were grossly exploited and unfairly treated.

“The peace movement has to learn that its primary goal is to fight fascism, fight capitalism, fight imperialism and stay out of taking any side in the ethnic conflict.”

It is incoherent to speak about the peace movement as a monolithic entity with a primary goal.

You are an idiot. The primary goal of the peace movement is to achieve peace along with Justice.  The splintered peace movement still is unified in the primary goal.


  Even if it were not incoherent to speak so, you, a random poster on the internet that is unworthy of his/her pseudonym, cannot reasonably name the goal descriptively.

Idiotic and ignorant of the ethical premises of Spinoza. Are you always this obnoxious?

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By Nihlo, November 23, 2006 at 12:45 am Link to this comment
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“I think it all part of a conscience plan of divide and rule.”

You mean conscious, not conscience.

“Capitalists are inherently evil people…”

False.

“...who need to be defeated.”

Undemonstrated.

“The peace movement has to learn that its primary goal is to fight fascism, fight capitalism, fight imperialism and stay out of taking anyside in the ethnic conflict.”

It is incoherent to speak about the peace movement as a monolithic entity with a primary goal.  Even if it were not incoherent to speak so, you, a random poster on the internet that is unworthy of his/her pseudonym, cannot reasonably name the goal descriptively.  Any reflections on the proper goal of the peace movement would have to be descriptive.

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By Spinoza, November 22, 2006 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment
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This has been happening for some time and people following the Baghdad Burning blog would know it.

The worst of this situation started with the battles of Fallujah when the Americans used Shiite and Kurd troops to fight against the Sunni and then the Sunni retaliated by bombings in Shiia neighborhoods and so it went.  The Ameriscum purposely used these troops to start an ethnic war as we helped start an ethnic war in the Balkans.  I don’t believe that the Americans did not know what they were doing. I think it all part of a conscience plan of divide and rule.  Capitalists are inherently evil people who need to be defeated. The peace movement has to learn that its primary goal is to fight fascism, fight capitalism, fight imperialism and stay out of taking anyside in the ethnic conflict.  Our moral obligation is to offer aid of a humanitarian nature.

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By MARIAM RUSSELL, November 22, 2006 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment
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negroponte´s fingerprints

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By Bukko in Australia, November 22, 2006 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve long believed that the U.S. military supports death squads in Iraq. They did the same thing in Central America during the 1980s. If you get the local people killing EACH OTHER, they spend less time killing YOUR troops. And a divided people are easier to conquer. It makes military sense if you’re a blood-dripping realpolitiker like Henry Kissinger, but it’s disgusting from a moral standpoint.

Every now and then I see news items such as the one about all the hundreds of thousands of small arms shipped in by the U.S. that are “mysteriously missing.” And did we train all these Iraqi police and military units with absolutely NO knowledge that they were riddled with killers? I hope the truth will come out someday.

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