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Iraq War documents provide more evidence of US brutality

October 25, 2010

On Friday, the group Wikileaks released some 400,000 documents on human rights abuses and US military actions in Iraq between 2004 – 2009. These newly released documents reveal the US military and private contractors engaged in war crimes on a massive scale. However, if one was to rely on the mainstream press coverage this is not the perspective one would get.

Yesterday, the Associated Press (AP) article in the Grand Rapids Press used the recently released documents as a way of justifying an ongoing US military occupation of Iraq by saying, “They appear to support arguments by some experts that the U.S. should keep thousands of troops there beyond their scheduled departure in 2011, to buy more time for Iraq to become stable.”

The AP article gives the impression that the US engaged in no wrong-doing and even prevented torture of prisoners. However, if one actually reads the documents it is painfully clear that the US committed human rights violations on a massive scale.

Independent journalist Robert Fisk writes that the documents show that the US was responsible for prisoner abuse, torture, rape and murder. Fisk also notes that the documents show the US killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, many at checkpoints and that private military contractors engaged in widespread abuse as well.

Josh Stieber, an Iraq War Veteran who participated in the 2007 “Surge” speaks to the recently released Iraq War documents and says they provide further evidence for US citizens to demand real accountability for the war crimes committed in our name.

Democracy Now invited Vietnam era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, the man who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971 to talk about the significance of these new documents on the real role of the US in Iraq.

Another good source of coverage on this issue has been Al Jazeera TV, which has some of the best and most in-depth coverage of the new WikiLeaks documents so far. Here is one report on the role of US torture in Iraq.


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  1. Joe LG permalink
    October 25, 2010 7:41 pm

    Thanks for the article. I was wondering about US mainstream media reaction to this. Headline in E. Spain’s La Vanguardia on Sunday reads “US hid the horror of the Iraq War: Another Massive Leak Reveals the death of 66,000 civilians and systematic torture.” I thought to myself, I bet that the GR Press headline is a pretty different today.

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