Freedom Is On The March
As we approach the Fourth of July, let's take a closer look at the Founding Fathers (definitely not "the Founders") of the United States of Iraq:
British and American aid intended for Iraq's hard-pressed police service is being diverted to paramilitary commando units accused of widespread human rights abuses, including torture and extra-judicial killings, The Observer can reveal.
Iraqi Police Service officers said that ammunition, weapons and vehicles earmarked for the IPS are being taken by shock troops at the forefront of Iraq's new dirty counter-insurgency war.
The allegations follow a wide-ranging investigation by this paper into serious human rights abuses being conducted by anti-insurgency forces in Iraq. The Observer has seen photographic evidence of post-mortem and hospital examinations of alleged terror suspects from Baghdad and the Sunni Triangle which demonstrate serious abuse of suspects including burnings, strangulation, the breaking of limbs and - in one case - the apparent use of an electric drill to perform a knee-capping.
The investigation revealed:
-- A 'ghost' network of secret detention centres across the country, inaccessible to human rights organisations, where torture is taking place.
-- Compelling evidence of widespread use of violent interrogation methods including hanging by the arms, burnings, beatings, the use of electric shocks and sexual abuse.
-- Claims that serious abuse has taken place within the walls of the Iraqi government's own Ministry of the Interior.
-- Apparent co-operation between unofficial and official detention facilities, and evidence of extra-judicial executions by the police.
Rape rooms - Under new management.
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