Sunday, June 19, 2005

Torture for Tortures Sake

Perhaps CNN and NPR will begin to report real torture with the anger and revulsion with which they have reported Abu-Ghraib and Gitmo. The hostiles have no compulsion to honor the Geneva Accords or any of the other rules of modern civilized warfare. Members of the American Crusader Forces may cross the line and when caught they are dealt with. But the type of torture employed by the hostiles is daily normalcy and probably will go unpunished.

KARABILA, Iraq (CNN) -- Jane Arraf, CNN's senior Baghdad correspondent, is embedded with U.S. troops taking part in the mission, reported by phone:

ARRAF: What I see in front of me is absolutely heartbreaking. It's two of four hostages who are being taken away, rescued. They were rescued this morning. They're Iraqi, and they were found in this complex that Marines first thought was a car-bomb factory. In fact, they did find what they believe was a potential car bomb or suicide car bomb.
But inside this complex, they found something even more sinister -- four Iraqis who were handcuffed, their hands and feet bound with steel cuffs. They're now being taken away for medical treatment, one being borne away on a stretcher.
The man in intense pain that they're trying to get into a vehicle, has been tortured, he says, and has all the marks of being tortured with electricity. His back is crisscrossed with welts. The other man is even ... in worse shape. Their crime was to be part of the border police.
The Marines came in here this morning, rescued them... Two young men say they don't know why they were seized. They say they didn't hear the voices of their captors, only people whispering in their ear that they were going to be killed.
But we have just watched the two who were most badly treated be carried out of here for medical equipment, one of them on a stretcher, an older man who worked for the border police, along with his colleague. ... the Marines showed us the room where he says he was hung by his feet, his head dipped in water and then tortured with electric shocks repeatedly.
One of the other men, the other border police, was too weak, really, to tell us what had happened. But he obviously was in very, very bad shape.
They were rescued this morning as Marines and Iraqi forces came into this complex, which included an underground bunker, weapons stockpiles and other things, and found them here. Their captors have fled.


From NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, June 19, 2005, Debra Amos reporting:

Karabila is a town of about 60,000 people, but when the Marines arrived the town was deserted save for the insurgents. During Operation Matador a few weeks ago, the hostiles had fled leaving the townsfolk...Breaking down a wall Marines found four men shackled to the walls.The room had nooses, chains, and water facilities for dunking the men's heads. A 19 yr old man said he had been captured three weeks ago, but didn't know why. He said he had been tortured, but his captors never asked any questions. "It seems to have been torture for tortures sake," said Amos.

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