The favourite fetish of the
degenerate tyrant - torture and sexual degradation.
Torture is a race to the moral basement of mankind. The FBI says it doesn't work, and is totally unreliable. The so-called "ticking time bomb" scenario often used as a defence for torture has never occurred in a real world situation, it is the stuff of fiction.
Bush's speech to western leaders at United Nations
defined "terrorists and their allies" as:
those that “believe the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the American
Bill of Rights, and every charter of liberty ever written, are lies, to
be burned and
Bush immediately thereafter did everything in his power to destroy the rights and
freedoms preserved by
such documents, and Obama is still yet to act to reverse
The below video describes the troubling role of psychologists and the American Psychological Association (APA) in the harsh interrogations and torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere. The information presented was obtained from official reports and other now-public documents. Regrettably, as of the APA Convention in August, none of the organization's positions as described in this video has changed
A member of Canada's elite special forces unit says he felt his peers were being "encouraged" by the Canadian Forces chain of command to commit war crimes in Afghanistan, according to new documents obtained by CBC News.
The documents from the military ombudsman's office show the member of the covert unit Joint Task Force 2, or JTF2, approached the watchdog in June 2008 to report the allegations of wrongdoing he had first made to his superior officers in 2006.
Government Lawyers shielded the real
criminals of Prisoner Abuse Scandal
[Click below Photos for Global TV video
clip, or click HERE]
Above photos depict relatively minor incidents... The "real torture" photos are still being withheld by the pentagon.
Journalists Embedded with N.C. Unit Reports Prisoner Abuse 25 Jun 2007
Prisoner abuse is alleged in Afghanistan by journalists embedded with
a North Carolina-based unit. The weekly German newsmagazine Focus says
two of its journalists embedded with troops from the North
Carolina-based 82nd Airborne Division witnessed Afghan and American
soldiers involved in abusing prisoners earlier this month. http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=central&id=5419126
It notes specific "U.S. interrogation techniques," which include "forced nudity, isolation, and sleep deprivation." The U.S. has repeatedly denied allegations by international groups that it tortures prisoners captured in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. However, U.S. officials have refused to comment on the Canadian list.
. The FBI was so disturbed at what they saw at Guantanamo that FBI staff
created a "war crimes file" to document accusations against American
military personnel at Guantanamo. For example, the head of the FBI's
national security law unit wrote in July 2003: "Beyond any doubt, what they
are doing (and I don't know the extent of it) would be unlawful were these
enemy prisoners of war"
A general who investigated US troops sexually humiliating Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison said in a report out Saturday that top Pentagon officials denied knowledge of lurid photographs of the acts.
U.S. general says commanders knew of Abu Ghraib abuses [Above scan of below article]
By Airx SPILLIUS, The Daily Telegraph - June 18/2007
WASHINGTON — The U.S. army general who investigated the treatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib broke a three-year silence yesterday to accuse senior army commanders of involvement in the abusive interrogation methods that shocked the world.Gen.
Antonio Taguba, who resigned as deputy secretary at the Pentagon last year, also said he was convinced former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeldlied under oath to a congressional committee about when and how much he knew of the scandal.
In an interview with the New Yorker published yesterday, the general said the military police officers who abused detainees acted with at least the encouragement of military intelligence.
But he said he was instructed only to investigate junior police officers, mostly those who were featured in the infamous images. The pictures showed naked male prisoners being forced to simulate sex acts, and blindfolded detainees. Taguba also said he saw a video of a male American soldier sodomizing a female Iraqi detainee, which has never been seen publicly.
From his investigation, he concluded that Lt-Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, then commander in Iraq, and some generals at the military headquarters in Baghdad had extensive knowledge of the abuse between October and December 2003 at the prison on the edge of the Iraqi capital. Taguba was appointed to lead the inquiry in January 2004.
The Bush administration has conducted several investigations into Abu Ghraib, but none has settled ultimate responsibility. Seven military police officers have now been convicted.
"The killing of innocent civilians is policy," said veteran Mike Blake. "It's unit policy and it's Army policy. It's not official policy, but it's what's happens on the ground everyday. It's what unit commanders individually encourage."
Even so, the memo noted, the president's wartime power as commander in chief would not be limited by the U.N. treaties against torture.
"Our previous opinions make clear that customary international law is not federal law and that the president is free to override it at his discretion," said the memo written by John Yoo, who was then deputy assistant attorney general and headed the Office of Legal Counsel.
The memo also offered a defense in case any interrogator was charged with violating U.S. or international laws.
"Finally, even if the criminal prohibitions outlined above applied, and an interrogation method might violate those prohibitions, necessity or self-defense could provide justifications for any criminal liability," the memo concluded.
High School Students confront Bush on use of torture. [CNN clip]
Raytheon insists the system is set up to limit exposure, but presumably these safeguards can be over-ridden.
Silent Guardian and the Taser are just the first in a new wave of "non-lethal" weaponry being developed, mostly in the U.S.
These include not only microwave ray-guns, but the terrifying Pulsed Energy Projectile weapon. This uses a powerful laser which, when it hits someone up to 11/2 miles away, produces a "plasma" - a bubble of superhot gas - on the skin.
A report in New Scientist claimed the focus of research was to heighten the pain caused by this semi-classified weapon.
And a document released under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act talks of "optimal pulse parameters to evoke peak nociceptor activation" - i.e. cause the maximum agony possible, leaving no permanent damage.
Perhaps the most alarming prospect is that such machines would make efficient torture instruments. [full story here]
GOP candidate says Guantanamo prisoners treated too good... December 22/2007
During a campaign stop in Iowa today, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee commented on the conditions at the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying that “the inmates there were getting a whole lot better treatment” than “prisoners in Arkansas.” “I hope our guys don’t see this,” added Huckabee. “They’ll all want to be transferred to Guanatanamo.” [Full story]
Reporter alleges sodomy at Abu Ghraib
Baghdad, Iraq, Jul. 17 (UPI)
American journalist Seymour Hersh has said
there are videotapes of American soldiers sodomizing young Iraqi boys at Abu
The investigative journalist, one of the first to break the story of prisoner
abuses, said the Bush administration is holding the tapes of these acts,
Aljazeera.net reported Saturday.
"The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling, and the worst part is the
soundtrack, of the boys shrieking. And this is your government at war," he said.
There was "a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the
highest command out there, and higher," he said.
Why would four young men watch their friend die, when they could have intervened to save him? Why would a woman obey phone commands from a stranger to strip-search an innocent employee? What makes ordinary people perpetrate extraordinary abuses, like the events at Abu Ghraib?
Documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) revisits these three famous behavioral studies to explore some perennial questions about why human beings commit unethical acts under particular social conditions. After seeing this film, you may never say “bad apples” again.
Jonathan Turley joined Keith to talk
about the law that Senator Feingold said would be seen as "a stain
on our nation's history."
Turley: "People have no idea how
significant this is. Really a time of shame this is for the American
system.—The strange thing is that we have become sort of
constitutional couch potatoes. The Congress just gave the President
despotic powers and you could hear the yawn across the country as
people turned to Dancing With the Stars. It's otherworldly..People
clearly don't realize what a fundamental change it is about who we
are as a country. What happened today changed us. And I'm not too
sure we're gonna change back anytime soon."
Neo-Con government mouthpieces
and others are claiming that the Military Commissions Act of 2006,
which heralded the official end of the "great experiment" of the
American democratic republic, does not affect U.S. citizens, only
illegal aliens and foreign terrorists. Recent history of how terror
legislation was used to target American citizens clearly indicates
the legislation will be used domestically.
A coordinated effort to downplay
the implications of the fact that the bill affects American
citizens, in the face of extensive coverage on the part of Keith
Olbermann, is underway in an attempt to offset the possible repeal
of this draconian legislation.
The most recent example of a
U.S. citizen being targeted using terror legislation
involved BBC investigative journalist Greg Palast, who was pursued
by Homeland Security and charged with unauthorized filming of a
“critical national security structure,” (an Exxon Oil refinery that
was readily available to anyone with an Internet connection at
Google Maps), under PATRIOT Act legislation. The charge was later
dropped after an activist outcry.
The recent historical precedent
for U.S. citizens being charged under legislation originally passed
in the name of combating non-US terrorists only, provides clear
motivation for the Military Commissions Act to be used in the same
Section 802 of the PATRIOT Act
is specifically aimed at US citizens and announces any crime as
"domestic terrorism". Citizens can be held without a trial as "Enemy
4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in January 2003
that U.S. citizens can be stripped of their citizenship and held as
Therefore any legislation passed
by Bush automatically applies to American citizens because, as the
Washington Post reported, after 9/11 Bush
announced his "parallel legal system" in which he could declare any
individual on the planet an enemy combatant and order their summary
"The Bush administration is
developing a parallel legal system in which terrorism suspects --
U.S. citizens and noncitizens alike -- may be investigated, jailed,
interrogated, tried and punished without legal protections
guaranteed by the ordinary system, lawyers inside and outside the
The trick being played on the
American people in falsely assuring them that they are not the
target is simple to decode. The Act states that it only applies to
enemy combatants yet the President and his legal advisors like
Alberto Gonzales have routinely announced that the President has the
power to strip Americans of citizenship and declare them to be enemy
combatants. The "enemy combatant designation" was ascribed to U.S.
Jose Padilla who was interned in a Navy brig
for over three years with no charges against him.
Top legal experts and scholars
are nearly unanimous that the Military Commissions Act does affect
Yale Law Professor Bruce
states in the L.A. Times, "The compromise
legislation....authorizes the president to seize American citizens
as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the United States.
And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by
their peers or any other of the normal protections of the Bill of
law Professor Marty Lederman explains: "this
[subsection (ii) of the definition of 'unlawful enemy combatant']
means that if the Pentagon says you're an unlawful enemy combatant
-- using whatever criteria they wish -- then as far as Congress, and
U.S. law, is concerned, you are one, whether or not you have had any
connection to 'hostilities' at all."
Professor Jonathan Turley, who
teaches constitutional law at George Washington University, agrees
that the bill contains no provision in which American citizens are
exempt from the intent of the legislation, and outlined this during
a recent appearance on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC show.
OLBERMANN: "I want to start by
asking you about a specific part of this act that lists one of the
definitions of an unlawful enemy combatant as, quote, 'a person who,
before, on, or after the date of the enactment of the Military
Commissions Act of 2006, has been determined to be an unlawful enemy
combatant by a combatant status review tribunal or another competent
tribunal established under the authority of the president or the
secretary of defense.'
"Does that not basically mean that if Mr. Bush or Mr. Rumsfeld say
so, anybody in this country, citizen or not, innocent or not, can
end up being an unlawful enemy combatant?"
JONATHAN TURLEY: "It certainly does. In fact, later on, it says that
if you even give material support to an organization that the
president deems connected to one of these groups, you too can be an
enemy combatant. And the fact that he appoints this tribunal is
meaningless. You know, standing behind him at the signing ceremony
was his attorney general, who signed a memo that said that you could
torture people, that you could do harm to them to the point of organ
failure or death. So if he appoints someone like that to be attorney
general, you can imagine who he's going be putting on this board."
OLBERMANN: "Does this mean that under this law, ultimately the only
thing keeping you, I, or the viewer out of Gitmo is the sanity and
honesty of the president of the United States?"
TURLEY: "It does. And it's a huge sea change for our democracy. The
framers created a system where we did not have to rely on the good
graces or good mood of the president. In fact, Madison said that he
created a system essentially to be run by devils, where they could
not do harm, because we didn't rely on their good motivations. Now
we must. And people have no idea how significant this is. What,
really, a time of shame this is for the American system. What the
Congress did and what the president signed today essentially revokes
over 200 years of American principles and values.
Australian man jailed on evidence
derived from torture
Victorian Supreme Court Justice Philip Cummins
said it was necessary to jail Thomas, even though he had cooperated with
police and had “excellent prospects for rehabilitation,” because in
terrorism cases, “the principle of general deterrence is of pre-eminent
importance”. In other words, an example had to be set.
The judge also established a far-reaching legal
precedent by explicitly sanctioning the use of evidence obtained
illegally under duress. The prosecution case relied almost totally on an
interview conducted with Thomas in a Pakistani jail where he was denied
his right under Australian law to first seek legal advice.
Alex Jones "Secret Prisons & Secret Torture"
Interview with Trevor Paglen
“Torture, abuses worse than under
Al Jazeera.com | March 2 2006
Human rights abuses in Iraq are worse than they were under Saddam Hussein,
John Pace, the UN’s outgoing human rights chief in Iraq said Thursday.
Pace, who left his post last month, said that there is
an increase in the level of extra-judicial executions and torture in Iraq.
"Under Saddam, if you agreed to forgo your basic right
to freedom of expression and thought, you were physically more or less OK,"
Pace said in an interview with The Associated Press. "But now, no. Here, you
have a primitive, chaotic situation where anybody can do anything they want to
The scale of atrocity now "extends over a much wider
section of the population than it did under Saddam."
Pace’s comments came as sectarian violence in Iraq
threatened to plunge the country into civil war. Last week’s bombing of one of
the country’s holiest Shia shrines triggered a series of reprisal attacks
The situation has deteriorated by the “death squads”
operated by the Shia-dominated Interior Minister, Pace said.
He also said that the government-backed “death squads”
and rebels threaten morgue workers not to properly investigate deaths of the
victims of torture and killings. "They are told it is not necessary, and not
in their interests," in order to “minimize any chances" that their crimes
could be probed or prosecuted.
Pace noted that around three-quarters of the bodies
brought to the morgue each month showed evidence of gunshot wounds to the head
or injuries caused by drill-bits or burning cigarettes. "Nearly all were
executed and tortured," he added.
Iraq is witnessing one of its worst periods of
violence, with more than 18 people being killed in separate attacks across the
country on Thursday.
In the deadliest attack, unidentified gunmen shot
dead more than nine members of the Iraqi security forces at a checkpoint in
the northern city of Tikrit.
Meet the world's most dangerous
Delivery drivers, chicken farmers, sack makers, taxi drivers and students.
Their weapons of mass destruction include battery chargers, Casio watches, and
Steve Watson | March 7 2006
The release of the names and backgrounds of the Guantanamo inmates has revealed
what we knew all along, the world's "most dangerous terrorists" are nothing of
the sort, they are poor farmers and the like who have simply been grabbed and
stuck in cages and publicly tortured for the past four years.
We have tirelessly exposed how no Al Qaeda "leaders" have been captured or
discovered at Guantanamo Bay either first hand or via information garnered
A US army official visiting Camp Delta was quoted in 2002 as saying there are
"...no big fish there. Some of these guys literally don't know the world is
A recent statistical report, based entirely on data supplied by the Defense
Department, and intended to provide "a more detailed picture of who the
Guantanamo detainees are, how they ended up there, and the purported bases for
their enemy combatant designation has found that fewer than half of the 517
detainees whose histories were reviewed have been accused of any hostile acts.
According to the report (pdf) conducted by counsel to two of the detainees at
Guantanamo, 40% of inmates have no definitive connection with al Qaeda at all.
And so now it is being reported that under an enormous amount of pressure the
Pentagon has finally been "forced" into releasing further information about the
inmates being held in the Gulag in Cuba.
Although the vast majority of the detainees deny any links with or knowledge
about Al Qaeda or the Taliban, Dick Cheney has said "They're bomb-makers...
They're facilitators of terror. They're members of al-Qaida and the Taliban. If
you let them out, they'll go back to trying to kill Americans."
The evidence backing up Cheney's claims is astounding. Let's take a look at some
of the overwhelming and compelling facts that make it clear just how dangerous
the Guantanamo detainees are.
Mohammed Gul, a former supermarket delivery driver and small time farmer was
arrested at his home in eastern Afghanistan. US and Afghan forces found a
Kalashnikov rifle in his house, and that made him a suspect in attacks carried
out by the Taliban because they use the same guns. oooooooooo he's evil. No
matter that the country was littered with these weapons throughout the seventies
and eighties during the Russian invasion and literally every farmer has one.
Hafizullah Shah, also a farmer was arrested for wearing an olive green military
jacket. Certain terrorist. Now where could he have possibly got that jacket
from, in a country that has experienced constant war with several different
nations for over 3 decades? Must have been the Taliban.
Abdur Sayed Rahman, a chicken farmer was arrested and remains at camp Delta
because his name is similar to a known military judge or deputy foreign minister
of the Taliban, Abdur Zahid Rahman. Well it's nearly the same they must both be
Zain Ul Abedin (initially listed as Jumma Jan), a native of Tajikistan born in
1978, was captured in Mazar-e-Shariff, Afghanistan, by coalition forces July 3,
2003. He told the tribunal that U.S. forces had arrested the wrong man: ``That's
true the people who found me, that's me they arrested me. But I'm not that name,
I don't know what they call me. Jumma Jan. I am not that person.'' Turns out he
was a taxi driver.
Emad Abdalla was a student in Yemen but was arrested when he visited a
University in Pakistan. The evidence against him? He had a copy of the Koran.
Habib Noor was arrested because his mentally unstable brother was accused of
fighting with the Taliban on the front lines. He is also accused of owning land
that some attackers fled to after ambushing U.S. Special Forces and Afghan
military forces. "I was just making sacks to sell at the bazaar to make money
for my family," Noor said.
Salih Uyar has insisted his purpose of travel from Turkey to Afghanistan in 2000
was to study Arabic. But no no no, he is thought to clearly be a bomb maker by
US officials because he was caught wearing a Casio watch, which is apparently
the watch choice of bomb-making Taliban.
These are the hardcore, the ones we cannot let go, we must keep them in cages,
chained to the walls.
The truth is there are no Taliban or Al Qaeda top brass at Guantanamo because
they were all flown out on US planes in a deal done with Pakistan in late 2001as
the invasion began.
Whilst the farmers and sack makers grabbed from the front lines rot away inside
Camp Delta, there has been one detainee who has shed light on why it is that so
many others were allowed to flee or were literally taken out to safety. The
Western Intelligence agencies that funded and created the movement are routinely
using Al Qaeda double agents.
Bisher al-Rawi claims he was in the employ of MI5. al-Rawi was arrested and
moved to Gitmo in November 2002, with his brother, Wahab, while on a business
trip to Gambia, in west Africa, to set up a peanut-oil processing plant.
Mr al-Rawi is accused of harbouring the Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada, described
as Osama bin Laden's representative in Europe, in London, and also transporting
the components of a "weapon of mass destruction". He says he was being used by
MI5 to monitor extremists in Britain's Muslim community, including Abu Qatada.
The "mass destruction" equipment, say his lawyers, was a battery charger. Al-Rawi
has passed a polygraph test and the British Government will not comment on his
This information is not new and has been known since at least 2005 when the
British media reported on it. The London Independent reported on al-Rawi on July
5 2006, indicating that British intelligence have a history of using so called
Al Qaeda operatives as informants, allowing them to be left alone as a trade
off. It was MI5 who gave the CIA information on al-Rawi that led to his arrest.
The Independent link has since been pulled.
The use of "Al Qaeda" go betweens by the intelligence services is well
Paul Joseph Watson's Order Out Of Chaos has a whole section devoted to Abu
Qatada himself who, as was reveled in a Time Magazine article in 2002 , is also
an MI5 asset.
Terror expert John Loftus has gone on record with the fact that one of the key
figures behind the July 7 attacks, Haroon Rashid Aswat, was in the services of
Aswat is a known Al Qaeda operative, yet has been used and protected on both
sides of the Atlantic by MI6 and the CIA.
Last November an Australian "al Qaeda cell" was busted by counter terror agents,
according to Melbourne's Sunday Herald Sun with the help of information from an
Islamic "supergrass" who had met bin Laden had been crucial in the arrests of
the alleged terrorists.
It is not entirely inconceivable that the London "bombers" themselves were MI5
stooges. In a recently leaked internal intelligence report, the four bombers
were referred to as the "Stepford Four". There is no place called Stepford and
the only entry in the dictionary for the word Stepford has the following
description: pertaining to a person with a conforming and compliant attitude,
much like a robot .
The London Independent revealed that the bombers were well known to MI5. Two of
the four were scrutinised by MI5 last year but were not considered to be a
Later evidence revealed that the bombers had traveled to Pakistan to engage in
some sort of training. Yet, there have been multiple in depth reports on the
fact that these men do not fit the profile of hard-core terrorists and were
actually likable people that had everything to live for. See the reports below:
So does this explain why the four bombers seemed to be completely calm, acting
normally, going for Big Macs, buying return tickets, arguing over being short
changed before they blew themselves up? Were they under the impression they were
working as informants for British Intelligence?
We have previously revealed how former MI5 officer David Shayler has alleged,
and French intel sources have corroborated, that the MI6 paid a Libyan Al Qaeda
cell £100,000 in 1995 to assassinate colonel Qaddafi.
The 3/11 Madrid bombers were also revealed to be informants. The list just goes
on and on.
We have previously exposed how the Intelligence agencies funded, trained and
armed "Al Qaeda" operatives.
So called "Al Qaeda" prisoners miraculously and routinely "escape" from maximum
security prisons all over the world or are allowed to walk away from attacks
they are said to have perpetrated
Many, including Iraq terror mastermind, Al-Zarqawi have been reported as
captured and killed several times but then mysteriously pop up again, whilst
other "captures" such as that of Ramzi Bin Al-Shibah and that of Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed have been exposed as outright fakes.
The name "Al Qaeda" itself was made up by Western Intelligence according to
British Journalist Jason Burke, who points out in his in his authoritative book
Al-Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror, that the name al-Qaeda entered the popular
imagination only after US officials used it to describe those who attacked the
embassies in Africa in the 1990s.
Some foreign intelligence agencies have even gone public, stating that "Al-Qaeda
is a U.S. Covert Operation".
The truth is that those we are told are dangerous terrorists are goat herders
and taxi drivers, locked away without trial and under conditions of torture.
Camp Delta is nothing more than a public relations scam designed to give us a
glimpse of "the new rules of war". We are slowly being acclimatised to torture
and imprisonment without trial. These things are now even being debated within
our own laws.
The real "Al Qaeda" operatives are sparse yet are direct assets of the
intelligence agencies being used in any way they see fit whether that be
manipulative control or freedom to operate unhindered. It is clear that our
Governments are in control of both sides of this war on terror and unless we
continually question and expose their failings they will continue to use it to
further their own domestic and foreign agendas undeterred.
Berg's family say he was in US
custody before he "disappeared".
Did the Pentagon have a hand in
this one too?
U.S. Government Lying about holding Beheading Victim
before savage murder.
May 12, 2004 By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq - An American civilian who was beheaded in a grisly
video posted on an al-Qaeda-linked Web site was never in U.S. custody
despite claims from his family, a coalition spokesman said Wednesday.
The body of Nicholas Berg, 26, was found Saturday near a highway
overpass in Baghdad on Saturday, the same day he was decapitated, a
U.S. official said.
Berg, who disappeared April
9, was shown in the video on a Web site bearing the title "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi shown slaughtering an
American," referring to an associate of Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) believed behind a wave of suicide bombings in Iraq (news - web sites).
The video posted Tuesday showed a bound Berg in an
orange jumpsuit -
similar to those issued to prisoners held by the American military at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was sitting in front of five men, their faces
masked, as one read an anti-American text.
After pushing Berg to the floor, the men severed his
head using sawing
motions with a big knife and held it up for the camera. They said his
killing was in response to the abuse of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison.
The body of the telecommunications businessman, a
practicing Jew from
West Chester, Pa., was being flown to Dover, Del., on an Air Force
plane, the military said.
But unanswered questions remained about Berg
in the days before he
vanished, as well as where and when he was abducted.
Berg spoke to his parents March 24 and told them
he would return home
on March 30, according to his family in suburban Philadelphia.
But Berg was detained by Iraqi police at a checkpoint
in Mosul on March 24. He was turned over to U.S. officials and
detained for 13 days, the family said.
His father, Michael, said his son was not
allowed to make phone calls
or contact a lawyer.
Coalition spokesman Dan Senor told reporters that
Berg was detained by
Iraqi police in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The Iraqis informed the
Americans, and the FBI (news - web sites) questioned him three times about
what he was doing in Iraq.
Senor said that to his knowledge Berg "was at no time
under the jurisdiction or detention of coalition forces."
However, calls by The Associated Press to police in
Mosul failed to find anyone who could confirm Berg was held there. The
U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority runs Iraq, controlling not only the
police, but the military and all government ministries.
FBI agents visited Berg's parents March 31 and
told the family they
were trying to confirm their son's identity.
On April 5, the Bergs filed suit in federal
court in Philadelphia,
contending their son was being held illegally by the U.S. military.
The next day, Berg was released. He told his parents
he had not been
Berg's father blamed the U.S. government for creating
that led to his son's death, saying if his son had not been detained
for so long, he might have been able to leave Iraq before the violence
"I think a lot of people are fed up with the lack of
civil rights this thing has caused," Michael Berg said. "I don't think this
administration is committed to democracy."
Asked for details about Berg's last weeks in Iraq, Senor replied: "We
are obviously trying to piece all this together, and there's a thorough
investigation." He said he was reluctant to release details but did not say
"The U.S. government is committed to a very thorough
and robust investigation to get to the bottom of this," Senor said, adding
that "multiple" U.S. agencies would be involved and that the FBI
would probably have overall direction.
Senor said that in Iraq, Berg had no affiliation with
the U.S. government, the coalition or "to my knowledge" any
coalition-affiliated contractor. But Senor would not specify why Iraqi
police, who generally take direction from coalition authorities, had arrested
him and held him.
Brig. Gen Mark Kimmitt said the only role the U.S.
military played in Berg's confinement was to liaise with the Iraqi police to
make sure he was being fed and properly treated because "he was still an
It was unclear whether al-Zarqawi was shown in the
Web site video or
simply ordered the killing. Al-Zarqawi also is sought in the assassination of
a U.S. diplomat in Jordan in 2002, and Washington has offered a $10 million
reward for information leading to his capture or killing.
Berg's father, brother and sister wept in their front
yard Tuesday when told of the video.
"I knew he was decapitated before," said his father,
manner is preferable to a long and torturous death. But I didn't want
it to become public."
The father said "there's a better chance than not"
that his son's
captors knew he was Jewish. "If there was any doubt that they were
going to kill him, that probably clinched it, I'm guessing," he said.
Amnesty International condemned the killing as "a serious crime under
international law," and said those responsible should be brought to
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said there was
for the deliberate and brutal killing of an innocent civilian."
U.S. officials fear the savage killing might prompt
working on international reconstruction projects to flee the country.
Since the security situation deteriorated last month, about three out
of 10 Americans and other non-Iraqis involved in reconstruction
projects financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development
have fled Iraq, the USAID director Andrew Natsios told The Associated
Berg's killing happened amid a climate of intense
anti-Western sentiment, which flared in Iraq after last month's crackdown on
Shiite extremists and the three-week Marine siege of Fallujah west of Baghdad.
Anger at the United States swelled with the publication of photographs showing
Iraqis abused and humiliated at Abu Ghraib prison, which continue to stir rage
throughout the Arab world.
U.S. officials had feared the shocking photographs
would endanger the
lives of American troops and civilians.
Seven soldiers from the 372nd Military Police Company
face charges in
the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in a scandal that has sparked
worldwide outrage. One of those soldiers faces a court-martial in Baghdad next
week, the first to go to trial.
At one point in the video, Berg addressed the camera.
"My name is Nick Berg. My father's name is Michael. My mother's name is
Suzanne," he said while seated in a chair. "I have a brother and sister, David
and Sara. I live in ... Philadelphia."
The video then showed Berg sitting on the floor, his
hands tied behind
his back, flanked by the masked men, as a statement was read in Arabic. Berg
sat still during the statement, facing the camera, occasionally raising his
The men said they had tried to trade him for
prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
"For the mothers and wives of American soldiers, we tell you that we
offered the U.S. administration to exchange this hostage for some of
the detainees in Abu Ghraib, and they refused," one of the men read.
"So we tell you that the dignity of the Muslim men and women in Abu
Ghraib and others is not redeemed except by blood and souls. You will
not receive anything from us but coffins after coffins ... slaughtered
in this way."
After the statement, the assailant directly behind
Berg took a large knife from under his clothing while another pulled Berg onto
his side. The video showed assailants thrusting the knife through his neck as
a scream sounded before the men cut Berg's head off, repeatedly shouting "Allahu
Akbar!" - or "God is great." They then held the head up to the camera.
The video is of poor quality, and its time stamp
seems to show an 11-hour lapse between when the assailants finish their
statement and push Berg down, to when they behead him. That
suggests a delay between those two portions of tape posted on the Web site.
The decapitation recalled the kidnapping and
videotaped beheading of
Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who like Berg was Jewish.
Four Islamic militants have been convicted of kidnapping Pearl in 2002
in Pakistan, but seven suspects - including those who allegedly slit
his throat - remain at large.
Last month, Iraqi militants also videotaped the
killing of Italian hostage Fabrizio Quattrocchi.
Associated Press reporter Jason Straziuso contributed to this story
from West Chester, Pa.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - FBI agents witnessed
``highly aggressive'' interrogations and mistreatment of terror suspects
at the U.S. prison camp in Cuba starting in 2002 - more than a year before the
prison abuse scandal broke in Iraq - according to a letter a senior Justice
Department official sent to the Army's top criminal investigator.
In the letter obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI official suggested the
Pentagon didn't act on FBI complaints about the incidents, including a female
interrogator grabbing a detainee's genitals and bending back his thumbs,
another where a prisoner was gagged with duct tape and a third where a dog was
used to intimidate a detainee who later was thrown into isolation and showed
signs of ``extreme psychological trauma.''
One Marine told an FBI observer that some interrogations led to prisoners
``curling into a fetal position on the floor and crying in pain,'' according
to the letter dated July 14, 2004.
Thomas Harrington, an FBI counterterrorism expert who led a team of
investigators at Guantanamo Bay, wrote the letter to Maj. Gen. Donald J.
Ryder, the Army's chief law enforcement officer who's investigating abuses at
U.S.-run prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq and at Guantanamo.
Harrington said FBI officials complained about the pattern of abusive
techniques to top Defense Department attorneys in January 2003, and it
appeared that nothing was done.
Although a senior FBI attorney ``was assured that the general concerns
expressed, and the debate between the FBI and DoD regarding the treatment of
detainees was known to officials in the Pentagon, I have no record that our
specific concerns regarding these three situations were communicated to the
Department of Defense for appropriate action,'' Harrington wrote.
Harrington told Ryder he was writing to follow up a meeting he had with the
general the week before about detainee treatment, saying the three cases
demonstrate the ``highly aggressive interrogation techniques being used
against detainees in Guantanamo.''
``I refer them to you for appropriate action,'' Harrington wrote.
Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, the current commander of the mission in Guantanamo, said
allegations of mistreatment and abuse are taken seriously and investigated.
``The appropriate actions were taken. Some allegations are still under
investigation,'' Hood told the AP. ``Once investigations are completed, we
report them immediately.''
None of the people named in the letter are still at the base, a Guantanamo
spokesman said, but it wasn't clear if any disciplinary action had been taken.
The letter identified the military interrogators only by last name and rank,
and mentioned a civilian contractor.
Lt. Col. Gerard Healy, an Army spokesman, confirmed the authenticity of the
FBI letter, as did the FBI. Healy said the female interrogator - identified
only as Sgt. Lacey in the letter - is being investigated, but the Army would
not comment further or fully identify her.
The U.S. military says prisoners are treated in accordance with the Geneva
Conventions, which prohibit violence, torture and humiliating treatment of
combatants. Still, at least 10 incidents of abuse have been substantiated at
Guantanamo, all but one from 2003 or this year. They range from a guard
hitting a detainee to a female interrogator climbing on a prisoner's lap.
Those incidents pale in comparison to alleged abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison
in Iraq, a scandal that erupted when photographs surfaced of U.S. troops
forcing Iraqi prisoners to strip and pose in sexually humiliating positions.
Some prisoners were bound and hooded.
At Guantanamo, some detainees have been held without charge and without access
to attorneys since the camp opened in January 2002 at the remote U.S. Naval
base on Cuba's eastern tip. The United States has imprisoned some 550 men
accused of links to Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime or the al-Qaida terror
network; only four have been charged.
None of the four 2002 cases cited were detailed in any of 5,000 documents
received by the New York-based American Civil Liberties Union under two
Freedom of Information Act requests, said Anthony Romero, the union's
``Despite the government's statements, there seems to be increasingly little
doubt that torture is occurring at Guantanamo,'' said Romero.
He said the information in the FBI letter ``raises questions about the
government's willingness to be forthcoming in these legal proceedings and
shows that even the FBI has been uncomfortable with some of the tactics used
One of the documents the ACLU received was a letter from an FBI agent to
Harrington and dated May 10. It underscored the friction between the FBI and
the military, mentioning conversations that were ``somewhat heated'' over
``In my weekly meetings with the Department of Justice we often discussed
techniques and how they were not effective or producing intelligence that was
reliable,'' according to the exchange, which was heavily redacted to remove
references to dates and names.
``I finally voiced my opinion ...,'' the FBI agent says. ``It still did not
prevent them from continuing the ... methods.''
Three of the four incidents mentioned in the letter obtained by the AP
occurred under the watch of Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, who ran the Guantanamo
camp from October 2002 to March 2004, and left to run Abu Ghraib prison. Last
month, Miller was reassigned to the Pentagon, with responsibility for housing
and other support operations.
According to the letter, in late 2002 an FBI agent observed an interrogation
where Sgt. Lacey whispered in the ear of a handcuffed and shackled detainee,
caressed him and applied lotion to his arms. This occurred during Ramadan,
Islam's holy month when contact with females is considered particularly
offensive to a Muslim man.
Later, the detainee appeared to grimace in pain, and the FBI agent asked a
Marine who was present why. ``The Marine said (the interrogator) had grabbed
the detainee's thumbs and bent them backward and indicated that she also
grabbed his genitals. The Marine also implied that her treatment of that
detainee was less harsh than her treatment of others by indicating that he had
seen her treatment of other detainees result in detainees curling into a fetal
position on the floor and crying in pain,'' Harrington wrote.
In September or October of 2002, FBI agents saw a dog used ``in an aggressive
manner to intimidate a detainee,'' the letter said.
About a month later, agents saw the same detainee ``after he had been
subjected to intense isolation for over three months ... totally isolated in a
cell that was always flooded with light. By late November, the detainee was
evidencing behavior consistent with extreme psychological trauma ... talking
to nonexistent people, reported hearing voices (and) crouching in a corner of
the cell covered with a sheet,'' the letter said.
In October 2002, another FBI agent saw a detainee ``gagged with duct tape that
covered much of his head'' because he would not stop chanting from the Quran.
Associated Press writers Curt Anderson and John J. Lumpkin
contributed to this report.
Former president Bill Clinton has told NBC's Meet The Press that America needs more intelligence agents who make their own rules and engage in whatever actions are necessary like Jack Bauer from the fictional TV show 24.