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Saturday, January 28, 2006

America Using Terrorism To Fight Terrorists

The Washington Post reports that the United States' Army has jailed the wives of insurgents to persuade them to surrender:

The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of "leveraging" their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show.

In one case, a secretive task force locked up the young mother of a nursing baby, a U.S. intelligence officer reported. In the case of a second detainee, one American colonel suggested to another that they catch her husband by tacking a note to the family's door telling him "to come get his wife."

Ok, help me out here. How is this different from Iraqi "terrorists or insurgents" kidnaping innocent western women and holding them hostage to leverage American policy? Call me crazy, but it sounds pretty much like the same thing to me. How are we any better than the scum of the earth over in Iraq, who are kidnapping in order achieve their own means? This is disgusting, immoral, and reflects George Bush's bankrupt policies in Iraq. Decent people everywhere should be outraged! Of course true to Bushspeak, there is always some explanation:

Iraq's deputy justice minister, Busho Ibrahim Ali, dismissed such claims, saying hostage-holding was a tactic used under the ousted Saddam Hussein dictatorship, and "we are not Saddam." A U.S. command spokesman in Baghdad, Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, said only Iraqis who pose an "imperative threat" are held in long-term U.S.-run detention facilities.

The American government denies the allegations; however, the documents released by that same government conflict with the party line:

But documents describing two 2004 episodes tell a different story as far as short-term detentions by local U.S. units. The documents are among hundreds the Pentagon has released periodically under U.S. court order to meet an American Civil Liberties Union request for information on detention practices.

In one memo, a civilian Pentagon intelligence officer described what happened when he took part in a raid on an Iraqi suspect's house in Tarmiya, northwest of Baghdad, on May 9, 2004. The raid involved Task Force (TF) 6-26, a secretive military unit formed to handle high-profile targets.

"During the pre-operation brief it was recommended by TF personnel that if the wife were present, she be detained and held in order to leverage the primary target's surrender," wrote the 14-year veteran officer.

He said he objected, but when they raided the house the team leader, a senior sergeant, seized her anyway.

"The 28-year-old woman had three young children at the house, one being as young as six months and still nursing," the intelligence officer wrote. She was held for two days and was released after he complained, he said.

Kidnapping a nursing mother? I am ashamed, repulsed, and not at all surprised that American policy makers under George Bush have sunk to levels lower than the Iraqi insurgents. We will continue to fail in Iraq as we continue to pursue such policies.

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