Innocence is no excuse
The government knew that most Guantanamo prisoners were either innocent or just low-level operatives.The U.S. also pressured Spanish courts to drop investigations o torture at Gitmo. Shoddy CIA evidence collectionat Guantanamo has cost millions and bred anti-Americansentiment abroad.
The Guantanamo Files describe howdetainees were captured based on highly subjectiveevidence. How quickly they were released was heavilydependent on their country o origin (1). According to a U.S.diplomatic cable written on April 17, 2009, the Associationor the Dignity o Spanish Prisoners requested that theNational Court indict six ormer U.S. ofcials or creating alegal ramework that allegedly permitted torture against fveSpanish prisoners. However, “Senator Mel Martinez… metActing FM [Foreign Minister] Angel Lossada… on April 15.Martinez… underscored that the prosecutions would notbe understood or accepted in the U.S. and would have anenormous impact on the bilateral relationship” (2).
“We don’t do Body Counts.”At least not publicly
Gen. Tommy Franks amously told reporters in 2002,“We don’t do body counts.” Yet the Iraq War Logs and Aghan War Diary reveal that the military does track casualties. In most cases the military did not conduct a thorough investigation into Aghani civilian deaths.Instead, they oered victims’ amilies up to US$2400.
TheIraq War Logs, which span the period rom January 1, 2004to December 31, 2009, show 109,000 total deaths. O those,a staggering 66,081 – two-thirds – were civilians –15,000o whom were not acknowledged or reported anywherepreviously (3). In a leaked cable rom the U.S. delegation toNATO, it is stated that, “Norway’s ambassador emphasizedthe need to avoid a public debate about the reporting o thenumber o [Aghani] civilians killed,” and the cable went on tostate that “U.N. employees themselves in Kabul doubt themethod [o tracking casualties] that is used” (4).
Common enemies makegreat friends of despots
The U.S. government had documented Tunisian government human rights violations against its own people, but continued providing aid to Tunisia onthe basis o being an ally in the war against “terrorism.”
About Tunisia, theU.S. Ambassador wrote, “Tunisia is a police state, with littlereedom o expression or association, and serious human rightsproblems.” Nevertheless, he recommended the U.S. continuedunding Tunisia’s military (5).
Torture is betterwhen others do it for you
The U.S. Military violated the U.N.Convention Against Torture by turning prisoners over to the new Iraqi Security Forces, an organization which, according to the State Department’s own reports, has requently perpetrated prisoner torture.
The Convention, which was ratifed by theU.S. in 1994, orbids signatories rom transerring a detaineeto other countries “where there are substantial grounds orbelieving that he would be in danger o being subjected totorture.” The Iraq War Logs describe thousands o reportso prisoner torture fled against the Iraqi Security Forces,hundreds o which include medical evidence. Methods otorture described include prisoners whipped with heavycables across the eet, hung rom ceiling hooks, having holesbored into their legs with electric drills, urinated upon, andsexually assaulted. A military order issued in 2004 directedU.S. troops not to investigate these allegations (6).
US Tax dollars spent onchild trafficking?!
U.S. taxpayer dollars helped support child trafcking when government contractor DynCorp threw a party or Aghan security recruits eaturing boys purchased rom pimps or entertainment.
“Bacha bazi,” or “boy play,” isa practice in which young boys are dressed up in women’sclothing, orced to dance or powerul men, and then sold orsex to the highest bidder. DynCorp was linked to child sextrafcking charges beore this incident occurred (8.)
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Government Officials Hoped You’d Never Know
2.5 million people had access to the classifed inormationreleased by Wikileaks. That’s not a very good secret, butBradley Manning now aces lie in prison or the deathpenalty or releasing it. Here are some o the possiblereasons they didn’t want the rest o us in the know.