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‘Unjustifiable Homicide’ of Detainees

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The Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan was the site of several detainee deaths.

The ACLU has released thousands of documents detailing the deaths of 190 detainees in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Of those 190, 25 to 30 are believed to be categorized as “unjustified homicide.” —JCL

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New documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show “unjustified homicide” of detainees and concerns about the condition of confinement in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, according to the ACLU.

Thousands of documents detailing the deaths of 190 U.S. detainees were released by the ACLU on Friday. The U.S. military gave the ACLU the documents earlier in the week as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the rights group.

Among the documents are autopsy reports and military investigations, including 25 to 30 cases the ACLU says it believes are “unjustified homicide.” Some of the homicides in the documents are widely known and have been reported in the media, such as the case of four Iraqi detainees executed by a group of U.S. soldiers and then pushed into a Baghdad canal in 2007.

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By drbhelthi, January 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment

A 3-round burst from an M-16 into the forehead (tight pattern) from ten yards is a real feat, accomplished by very few soldiers. A tight pattern of 3 suggests a 3” x 2” area.  This raises for me the question of whether his head were blown apart.  If he had sustained three wounds prior to the final 3, this suggests that the assassin(s) wanted him to suffer prior to death.  Which suffering is typically associated with “removal” of someone who had been given the stop/or be stopped option, and who did not stop.

His diary would contain all the key information, names, dates, warnings given, etc.  He probably intended to use the info in a book about the Bush entourage dishonesty.  Upon enlisting he received a written “gung-ho” from a Mr. Donald Rumsfeld?  Rumsfeld of aspartame fame?  Rumsfeld of “bird-flu fraud” fame?  Rumsfeld of “tamiflu” fame?  The same man who had pocketed over $15 mil from tamiflu sales, 15 mos. after the “bird-flu” fraud was initiated?  The same Rumsfeld who refused to testify before the U.S. Congress about the Tillman “case”?  “Executive priviledge” retention of Tillman´s diary?  If a diary is ever released, it will not be the one penned by Tillman.  A NAZI-type staff might be already busy writing one, if they have found a “pen” whose writing adequately resembles that of Tillman.

Threatening to punish a retired 3-star general as though he were still on active duty?  A bit of disinformation for gullible-types who believe “authority figures.”  Scapegoating the chain of command, as an after-the-fact distraction in order to prevent uncovering of the facts.  Must have been an unusually high-level decision to “remove” him.  A case for “Chip Tatum” types.  “Chip” answered to US president GHWBushSr.

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By fearnotruth, January 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

thanks - following links within the about.com story leads to this aggressive
analysis:

http://wonkette.com/284472/who-ordered-the-execution-of-nflarmy-hero-pat-tillman


Who Ordered the Execution of NFL/Army Hero Pat Tillman?
By KEN LAYNE
3:09 PM JULY 31, 2007
NO COMMENTS 2154 VIEWS


It’s almost too depressing to mention again, but let’s recap the Pat Tillman
revelations from Army medical examiners and internal Pentagon reports
released last week and find out what happens when famous football stars
turned Army Heroes become anti-war critics:

* He was shot three times in the forehead at close range with an American M-
16.
* This was after he was shot in the chest, legs and hand.
* And this was after he screamed to the “friendlies” that he was Pat Tillman and
please stop shooting him.
* But they didn’t; they executed him.
* They were Americans.
* There wasn’t even an “enemy” around; not only was nobody shot by “enemy
fire,” no equipment was shot by “enemy fire.”
* “Members of Tillman’s unit burned his body armor and uniform in an
apparent attempt to hide the fact that he was killed by friendly fire.”
* Army medical examiners tried to get a criminal investigation opened, but they
were shut down.
* The Army brass who conspired to shut down any criminal investigation into
the U.S. assassination of Pat Tillman sent “congratulatory e-mails” to each
other after shutting down the snoops.
* The Pentagon heavily promoted Tillman’s enlistment and service as both a
recruitment tool and a domestic propaganda tool.
* The Pentagon maintained for long after his murder that Tillman died in
combat, finally admitting to his family that “friendly fire” killed him — which
wasn’t exactly true, either.
* Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Kauzlarich, who commanded Tillman’s base in
Afghanistan at the time of his assassination, dismissed Tillman’s family’s
attempts to find out what happened. Why? Because Pat Tillman was an atheist,
like his family, so they were having “a hard time letting it go.”
* In his writings — Tillman wrote constantly in letters and diaries and e-mails —
the NFL star who became an Army Ranger after 9/11 had concluded the
Afghanistan War was fake and the Iraq War was a criminal setup.
* The Pentagon still has his diary that he kept with him in Afghanistan, where
he was killed, and they won’t release it to his family.
* Tillman had even arranged a meeting with anti-war icon Noam Chomsky
about how to go public with a veterans-against-the-war movement.
* Such a movement would’ve had an interesting effect on the Iraq Occupation
and the then-upcoming 2004 election; Tillman had already been encouraging
his fellow soldiers to vote against Bush.
* Just today, Donald Rumsfeld refused to testify on the subject of Tillman’s
assassination before Congress on Wednesday.
* White House Counsel Fred Fielding has, of course, already “refused to issue
certain documents to the committee because of executive privilege.”
* What is the White House doing with “certain documents” about Pat Tillman’s
murder?
* Says Pat Tillman Sr.: “The administration clearly was using this case for its
own political reasons. This cover-up started within minutes of Pat’s death, and
it started at high levels. This is not something that people in the field do.”

Rumsfeld apparently refuses to testify at hearing on death of Pat Tillman [Raw Story]
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Rumsfeld_apparently_refuses_to_testify_at_0731.html

A Cover-Up At The Highest Levels [Max Blumenthal]
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/a-coverup-at-the-highest_b_7878.html

Who Killed Pat Tillman? [Anti-War]
http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=11367

Punishments Coming in Tillman Case [Washington Post]
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/31/AR2007073101042.html

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By fearnotruth, January 25, 2011 at 2:07 am Link to this comment

RE: By RayLan, January 25 at 4:18 am Link to this comment
Why might Pat Tillman have been murdered?

who are you quoting? is there a source for this, in particular, given the big quote
symbol in front of the entry - I’d like to read the source

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By RayLan, January 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment

Why might Pat Tillman have been murdered? One obvious possibility is that he was hated by the men around him — being obnoxious and dangerous is an easy explanation to believe, but it appears to be wrong in this case. Investigators asked whether Tillman was liked or hated and everyone said they respected, admired, and liked him. Assuming they told truth — and there has never been any evidence that Tillman was disliked — personal grievances couldn’t have been the motive.

What about religious grievances? Pat Tillman was apparently not just an atheist, but could be outspoken about it too. Given the increasing religiosity of the military, even to the point where military commanders felt comfortable mocking the lack of religion on the part of the Tillman family, it’s not implausible that someone might have decided to get rid of the godless atheist in their midst. This seems to be a bit of a stretch, though.
Most commenters are leaning towards political motives: in addition to being outspoken in his reject of belief in gods, Tillman was also outspoken in his rejection of the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq. He recommended to others that they vote for Kerry in 2004 and even had an interview lined up with Noam Chomsky, a noted critic of the military and the Bush administration. Tillman’s diary, in which he might have written personal criticisms of the government and the military, was never returned to his family and is missing.

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By rico, suave, January 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment

Dr B:

“I critique lies, and spread useful, factual information, and conclusive details.”

Such as-

“What about the several American soldiers who told
“friends” they were going to tell the truth about what was going on, and who were presently found dead? And who were reported as possible suicides?”

What part of that statement is useful, factual, or truthful?

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By RayLan, January 24, 2011 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

““I do this for pure sport- - “
I get such a kick about how this double-talking troll thinks he is clever. He just declared himself as a troll and boy are we messed with. His only virtue is that he doesn’t admit defeat.

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By RayLan, January 24, 2011 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

“Second, of course I speak only for myself. Why would anybody pay me to spend so much worthless time on a juvenile site like truthdig”
Is that a promise? I mean that you will stop wasting your precious voluntary time? Please please say yes.

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By drbhelthi, January 24, 2011 at 4:19 am Link to this comment

“First, you’re a dick.”
Agreed, a heterosexual male.

“Why would anybody pay me to spend so much worthless time- -“
Agreed. 
-  a senior airline pilot who spends much “worthless time” on a computer keyboard ?

“I do this for pure sport- - “
-  “sport” is involved in your scapegoating in “so much worthless time” ?
-  what is “pure” about what you write ?

“I have a lot of free time on my hands, thanks to the government dole - - “
-  a government dole is involved in a senior airline pilot´s “so much worthless, free time”            This simply does not fit together - - .

“What are you, a senior Che Guevara wannabe?” 
I critique lies, and spread useful, factual information, and conclusive details.
You scapegoat bloggers who provide useful information and you also spread lies: more the Che Guevara style, opposite to my style.

“Wait, no, you’re a dick.”
- not for a spender of “much worthless time on a juvenile site;” nor any asshole.

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By rico, suave, January 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment

Dr B:

First, you’re a dick.

Second, of course I speak only for myself. Why would anybody pay me to spend so much worthless time on a juvenile site like truthdig. I do this for pure sport, since I have a lot of free time on my hands, thanks to the government dole, financed by your tax dollars. Thank you, by the way.

I’m a senoir airline pilot. What are you, a senior Che Guevara wannabe? Wait, no, you’re a dick.

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By PatrickHenry, January 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment

Capt Suave,

“The draft would make adventurism easier not harder.”

Hardly, with the kids of more well heeled Americans being sent into the fray, I know the foreign policy wonks in the state department would be more cautious on where, when and how long an intervention lasts. 

“Volunteer enlistment is a pretty good referendum on the popularity of current foreign policy.

Volunteer enlistment give employment when none other is available. 

The opportunity to develop a skillset like killing or imposing anothers will upon others is timeless and a favorite among out of control governments.

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By fearnotruth, January 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

please, not so hard on rico, he’s here mostly to keep the club honest - and in
fairness, if you’re gonna ‘say’, ya ought to ‘cite’ - sometimes takes consderable digging
- here’s one whistle blower who looks like he’s been set up:

_____________________________

September 10, 2010, 3:16 PM
U.S. Soldier Charged in Murder of Afghans Was a Whistleblower, Father
Says

By ROBERT MACKEY

Courtesy Winfield Family, via Associated Press
An undated photograph of Specialist Adam Winfield in Afghanistan.
One of five American soldiers charged with killing three Afghan civilians earlier
this year tried to alert the Army that his squad leader planned the murders, the
soldier’s father claimed this week.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Christopher Winfield said that his
son, Adam, told him in an Internet chat in February that soldiers in his unit in
Afghanistan had killed one civilian and planned more murders, and urged his
parents to contact the Army.

[...]

full story here - http://tinyurl.com/2dwlgz8

___________________________________________

as for ...soldiers who told “friends” they were going to tell the
truth…reported as possible suicides?

the source on this would indeed be helpful - have been searching, but it’s a
slog - here’s a well-documented case Alleged Whistleblower-Reprisal Against
Army Doctor: Afghanistan-Iraq-Germany-Walter Reed
but doesn’t end in
suicide, at least not yet - http://tinyurl.com/4kef4wn - keep searching

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By drbhelthi, January 23, 2011 at 11:21 am Link to this comment

“We can´t wait” ?
A senior airline pilot who does propaganda blogs for
fun or pay represents only his own thoughts.
Whose thoughts project internal pain.
He represents only himself.  None others.

Or, could he be just another paid pimp, whose four
stripes are as bogus as his propaganda?

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By rico, suave, January 23, 2011 at 10:25 am Link to this comment

skimo:

There is some truth to that.

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By skimohawk, January 23, 2011 at 3:56 am Link to this comment

rico writes:
“Volunteer enlistment is a pretty good referendum on the popularity of current foreign policy.”

horseshit.

they’re kids out of high school who can’t find a job anywhere and are seeking that brass ring in the form of paid college tuition.

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By fearnotruth, January 23, 2011 at 2:40 am Link to this comment

all in all, it’s wore than even this report suggests:

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49574

Whistleblower Psychiatrist Warns of Soldier on Soldier Violence
By Dahr Jamail

[...]
Manion explained to IPS that upon returning home, troops suffering from
myriad new-onset deployment related mental health problems were flooding
the available resources. When they did come in, they had to bear the brunt of
pervasive harassment, and oftentimes outright psychological abuse from
Marine Corps superiors who refused to acknowledge the validity, much less the
severity of their problems.

“I saw previously strong Marines, people who were now very fragile - who were
broken by two or more deployments - come back to be squashed by their
commanders, who told them they were “goddamn losers”,” Manion told IPS.

Manion went on to warn his superiors of the widespread systemic problems -
he informed them that he was alarmed at the possibility of these leading to
violence on the base.

Rather than being praised for his series of increasingly urgent memos on the
impending disaster, Manion was fired by the contractor that hired him. While a
spokeswoman for the firm says it released Manion at the behest of the Navy,
the Navy preferred not to comment on this story.

[...]
___________________________

but then there is the Elephant in the Room

11,000 US soldiers dead from DU poisoning

Heads roll at Veterans Administration Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU)
scandal blamed

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=443

by Bob Nichols 2/2/05 S.F. Bay View

Considering the tons of depleted uranium used by the U.S., the Iraq war can
truly be called a nuclear war.

Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter charged Monday that the reason Veterans
Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down earlier this month was the
growing scandal surrounding the use of uranium munitions in the Iraq War.

Writing in Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter No. 169, Arthur N. Bernklau,
executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law in New York, stated, “The
real reason for Mr. Principi’s departure was really never given, however a special
report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium
as the definitive cause of the ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ has fed a growing scandal
about the continued use of uranium munitions by the US Military.”

Bernklau continued, “This malady (from uranium munitions), that thousands of
our military have suffered and died from, has finally been identified as the
cause of this sickness, eliminating the guessing. The terrible truth is now being
revealed.”

He added, “Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in GW1 (the first Gulf War),
of them, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on
Permanent Medical Disability. This astounding number of ‘Disabled Vets’ means
that a decade later, 56% of those soldiers who served have some form of
permanent medical problems!” The disability rate for the wars of the last
century was 5 percent; it was higher, 10 percent, in Viet Nam.

[...]

___________________________

though rarely offering personal opinion, I am confident in stating that the
GLOBAL WAR OF TERROR is the single most suicidally insane
endeavor ever contrived by humankind!

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By rico, suave, January 23, 2011 at 2:32 am Link to this comment

Jeff’son:

You go first. We’ll see how it works out for you. You sound like Sarah Palin with all that violent rhetoric.

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By samosamo, January 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

****************

 

Well, these people had to go. Could not have them hanging
around giving testimony. What they could or would have said
and what could have been verified would be like going around
the ass end of a wikileaks exposition. Ergo, death. And being
‘members’ of the ghost war on terror, well, ‘unjustifiable
homicide’ would have to be proved.

If this is the cesspool the u.s. is sinking into, then they will get
away with it by ’ nuclear deterrence’.  Only the outside countries
of the world would be able to stop the ‘rogue force’ u.s. by
economically choking it to death but then again, that would be
considered by the u.s. as an attack on the country and thus,
‘nuclear deterrence’.

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By rico, suave, January 22, 2011 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Dr b:

“What about the several American soldiers who told
“friends” they were going to tell the truth about what was going on, and who were presently found dead? And who were reported as possible suicides?”

Well. What about them? Tell us all about it. We can’t wait. Names, what was going on, etc?

berniem:

Great parody! Thanks!

Pat:

Explain how a volunteer can sneak his sadism past an Army recruit screening better than a draftee.

The draft would make adventurism easier not harder. Volunteer enlistment is a pretty good referendum on the popularity of current foreign policy. Do you think the draft restrained or enabled our adventurism in Viet Nam? Could we have done it with an all volunteer force? I think you have it backwards.

And, apart from the draft, I’m pretty sure that our military already is set up as you describe it.

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By Jeff 'son, January 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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when do we finally awake to the realization that…


The evil empire is US… (nato, gladio vassals, israel, etc)


there is no democracy, our votes are useless.

the only solution is to rise up.

don’t organize you will be infilrated,

just do whatever you have the guts, determination and intelligence to do… 

individually, here and there, everywhere.

copycat and general contagion will take over.

collateral damage is inevitable, get used to it.

we can bring it down.


remember…

“When in the course of human events….”

this is our time to be worthy…

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By drbhelthi, January 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment

“The Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan was the site
of several detainee deaths.”

How true !
What about the several American soldiers who told
“friends” they were going to tell the truth about what
was going on, and who were presently found dead?  And
who were reported as possible suicides?

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By PatrickHenry, January 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

This is the problem of the all volunteer military, the nut cases and sadists which get by the monitors go on to achieve rank and position which enable the lack of accountability we see here.

I would rather see a draftee army which would restrain US adventurism led by a professional NCO and officer corps overseen by a civilian commission.

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By berniem, January 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment

Can there be any further doubts that this country has become a rogue state? The US govt. is a criminal entity violating every rule of humane conduct in it’s never ending quest for global domination and unfettered exploitation of all resources human or material! Not since the cruel domination by the Roman Empire has the world seen such an agent of atrocity! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!

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