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Study Group: Pentagon Conceals Iraq Violence

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Posted on Dec 8, 2006
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Despite all the attention focused on the Iraq Study Group’s report, one of its more damaging allegations has largely escaped media scrutiny: The Pentagon and intelligence agencies are drastically underreporting acts of violence in Iraq.  The panel said that one day the U.S. reported 93 acts of violence when in fact there were more than 1,100.

(h/t: Randi Rhodes)

AP via Washington Post:

U.S. military and intelligence officials have systematically underreported the violence in Iraq in order to suit the Bush administration’s policy goals, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group said.

In its report on ways to improve the U.S. approach to stabilizing Iraq, the group recommended Wednesday that the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense make changes in the collection of data about violence to provide a more accurate picture.

The panel pointed to one day last July when U.S. officials reported 93 attacks or significant acts of violence. “Yet a careful review of the reports for that single day brought to light 1,100 acts of violence,” it said.

“The standard for recording attacks acts as a filter to keep events out of reports and databases.” It said, for example, that a murder of an Iraqi is not necessarily counted as an attack, and a roadside bomb or a rocket or mortar attack that doesn’t hurt U.S. personnel doesn’t count, either. Also, if the source of a sectarian attack is not determined, that assault is not added to the database of violence incidents.

“Good policy is difficult to make when information is systematically collected in a way that minimizes its discrepancy with policy goals,” the report said.

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By Quy Tran, December 10, 2006 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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The DoD (Department of Defense) conceals everything in Iraq not just violence even the torture had been ordered by Rumsfeld in memo but this out going secretary still denied. His whole life was a gigantic denial. Only blind people could use such guy in entourage.

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By Bukko in Australia, December 9, 2006 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment
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You know what I can’t understand, Rabb, is how these militant industrialists think they’re going to come out ahead in the long run. They might have grabbed millions now, but when the U.S. currency is degraded by the staggering deficits, those millions will be worth thousands. And their policies are going to destabilise the U.S. so that life will become much worse for everyone. What good is it to be the richest man on the Titanic? And they’re causing the entire world to go to hell. As a bit of grafitti on a Melbourne smokestack says: “No jobs on a dead planet!”

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By Louise, December 9, 2006 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment
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Remember that every time a politician, pundit, talking head, correspondent, Study group, conservative Foundation or Project, Cabinet member, president or wannabe president expounds on the correct course in Iraq.

All the lying in the world can not make this horrid blunder right!

There is only one correct course in Iraq ... get out!

The place is on fire, we started the fire, but we can’t possibly put it out if we’re standing in the middle of the conflagration being consumed by that fire.

Sunday, December 10th is IMPEACHMENT DAY.
Hunt down a site and sign up!

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By Duane Campbell, December 9, 2006 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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The report of the Iraq Study Group has another interesting missed issue.  I find nothing about the U.S. corporate corruption and looting of the war.  Nothing about KBR, Halliburton, Blackwater, etc.
These corporations are making immense profits from the war. And, their chief lobbyist, James Baker co-chaired the ISG.
While the war has cost the U.S. $350 Billion, certain selected corporations made great profits

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By yours truly, December 9, 2006 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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These military and intelligence officials who are concealing the true nature of the violence in Iraq from us are guilty of denying us the very information that we need if ever we’re to stop this war.  Careful now, Pentagon brass, because you’re going to be held accountable for the above act of treason.  Held accountable by whom?  By each and every one of us.

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By rabblerowzer, December 9, 2006 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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Reagan wasn’t impeached for his dirty little war in Nicaragua and as a consequence the Military Industrial Complex grew stronger. Democrats then and now covered up a multitude of crimes, including genocide at the behest of America’s plutocracy. Which means the Military Industrial Complex will again grow stronger. Which means militarism, perpetual wars and perpetual profits for those who own the Military Industrial Complex are assured. Our leaders are rushing to fascism for profit.

The rule of law doesn’t apply to plutocrats because our lawmakers have been bribed into granting them immunity. Can anyone see a good outcome if we continue along this road to perdition, madness, economic collapse and moral depravity?

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By DennisD, December 9, 2006 at 9:16 am Link to this comment
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Sounds eerily familiar as to how the body count numbers were arrived at during the Vietnam war to delude the American public into believing that we were “winning”. The fact that the so-called “green zone” or safe area hasn’t been expanded since it was established shortly after we “controlled” Baghdad says everything about how well things are and have been going in Iraq. Iraq has never been worth one American life or dollar spent.
If these cartoon characters in D.C. aren’t impeached for this debacle it will only encourage more irresponsible actions in the future. Like spoiled children they constantly push the boundaries and wait to see if they’ll be punished.
Let’s start the holiday season off right for Bush & Co.
Merry Christmas - December 25th, Happy New Year - January 1st and IMPEACHMENT - January 2nd.

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By Jackie T. Gabel, December 9, 2006 at 2:28 am Link to this comment
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Psy-ops/black-ops everywhere. Negroponte’s death squads again on the prowl. British special forces, dressed as locals, driving around in car bombs and sniping at civilians.

This is a most successful implementation of the parallel psuedo-gang techniques developed by the British in Kenya to counter the Mau Mau and the strategy of tension developed by NATO and implemented by Gladio in Western Europe to counter the Communists.

It’s now reported the Saudis are funding a lot of this. Surprise! Surprise! The Saudis are up to their butts in al Queda along with the Carlyle Group, CIA and MI-6. Destabilizing chaos is the goal. Failed states, broken gates, easy to kick in and take over.

And the opium is flowing out of Afghanistan like never before. Why not, with the CIA back in the saddle, making any and every deal they like; torturing at will, whenever, wherever; you, me, any of us could be disappeared overnight. We are at the Fall, and there’s no looking back. The Fall of Western Civilization is upon us — nothing but lamentation remains.

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By vet240, December 8, 2006 at 11:30 pm Link to this comment
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During the late 70’s we witnessed much the same thing in Vietnam. I said then that if you asked the the Executive branch, the State Department, the Intelligence community, and the Military what we were doing there you would get four different answers. That’s because each had their own reasons for being there.

The common thread was then, and is today, that they each have vested self-interest in the Iraq war. However we have added two new distinct entities to the mix. Big businesses like Hallibuton, private contractors of all sorts and big oil interests. The military industrial complex should also be mentioned. The final pay-out for this war over the next 50 years will far exceed 2.5 Trillion dollars! 

Even if this war was started for legitimate reasons, which I do not believe, it has degenerated into a field of opportunity for too many. Everybody there knows if the truth gets to the American people they will pull the plug, just like they did in the Johnson era.

Oh, and the recently elected Democrats had better not pull a “Ford” on us either. Some of you will remember How then Senator Gerald Ford ascended to the Presidency after agreeing to give Nixon a blanket Presidential pardon, and tried to tell the Citizenry he did so “for the good of the country”.
Many of us didn’t but it so we sent Ford home on the next bus. (Electorally speaking)

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