Thursday, March 27, 2008

An example to follow

From CNN we have this report:
The British military admitted Thursday that it breached the human rights of an Iraqi man who died in custody, and that its soldiers also violated the rights of eight other detained Iraqis.

The Ministry of Defense said it expects to negotiate compensation for the survivors of the dead man, Baha Mousa, and with the eight former detainees.

The MoD admitted breaching prohibition on torture laws in the cases of all nine men.

The nine -- taken into custody as alleged insurgents -- were held in stress positions and deprived of sleep for about two days in extreme heat at a British army barracks near the southern Iraqi city of Basra in September 2003, prosecutors told a British military court.

Mousa, a 26-year-old hotel receptionist, died from asphyxia after soldiers restrained him following an escape attempt.

One soldier, Cpl. Donald Payne, 35, was convicted of inhumane treatment in that case, making him the first British soldier to plead guilty to a war crime under international law.


In Mousa's case, the Ministry of Defense admitted "a substantive breach of Articles 2, right to life, and 3, prohibition of torture, of the European Convention on Human Rights."

It also admitted breaching the prohibition on torture in the cases of Mohammed Dhahir Abdulah, Maitham Mohammed Ameen Challab Al-Waz, Satar Shukri Abdullah, Joad Kadhim Jamal Al-Faeaz, Dhahir Abdullah Ali Al-Mansori, Radif Tahir Muslem Alhawan, Baha Hashim Mohamed and Ahmed Taha Mosah.

"The Ministry of Defense further accepts that the admitted substantive breaches of the convention give rise to claims for compensation," it said.
When torture is approved at the highest levels of the U.S. gummint, it is the people that did so that should also face war crimes trials.


Then we have this:

US Document Confirms Iraq Dungeon

By Jason Leopold
March 27, 2008

A classified memo written by the top U.S. military officer in western Iraq reveals that a prison in downtown Fallujah is so overcrowded and dirty that it does not even meet basic “minimal levels of hygiene for human beings.”

“The conditions in these jails are so bad that I think we need to do the right thing in terms of caring for the prisoners even with our own dollars, or release them,” says the memo, written in late February by Maj. Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S forces in western Iraq.

The classified document, leaked to the Web site Wikileaks where whistleblowers can "reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations," was authenticated by the organization and has not been challenged by the U.S. military when asked about it.

The memo contains other shocking revelations about conditions at the jail, including a massive shortage of food and water. The prison is said to be run by Iraqi officials. U.S. Marines oversee operation of the facility.

“I found the conditions there to be exactly (unbelivable [sic] over crowding, total lack of anything approaching even minimal levels of hygiene for human beings, no food, little water, no ventilation) to those described in the recent (18 February) FOX news artickle [sic] by Michael Totten entitled the ‘Dungeon of Fallujah,’” says Kelly’s memo.

So glad we closed down Saddam's hell-hole prisons like Abu Ghraib ... oh ... waiddaminnit....


At 6:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is indeed a sad state of affairs when the US government emulates the very thugs it removed from power.

By the way I have noticed a distinct lack of Friday fish pictures. Have you lost your SCUBA buddy?

At 8:07 AM, Blogger Arne Langsetmo said...

Today is still Friday for another 16 hours. Gimme a break; I'm busy at a customer site (which accounts for the dearth of posts this last week).

I'll see if I can get one up later; any requests?


At 12:39 PM, Blogger ellenlangsetmo said...

arne it seems to me when you talked to me personally you where not veryrespectful of others.because when i had asked nicely to use your acomidations you theatened to call the police on me expessely when i did nothing wrong.hers why if you are trying to kepp me out off truoble by possibally in calling the police supositly to prevent me from getting into truoble a certion percentige of time your are increasing the chance of me going to jail not decreasing is this blog you are for human rights but i do not think so in the real life you really are and i had felt i needed to make a call on the truth on granted you might really want water boarding regulated but i think in the real life it sounds like you would want to use mind control drugs on people including on a hi percentige of innocent people who are actually innocent.i do not think it was a good idea or a nice thing to do to tell me that i would get arrested out in california if i came to your house or at least book a hotel for me out there at least at my expense even because i know thing arn t free for anyyone. so i thnk you should practice what you preach the un charter the constitution the nurinberg papers the hague and geneva convention and really read up on why psych drugs are bad and company litroture as well and why the drugs are good or bad.because forced drugging or threat or forced drugging is a violation of human rights so think abaut it i need an opoligy.


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