30.6.06

More Sick Fuck Americans Kill and Rape Iraqi Civilians

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | U.S. Troops Accused of Killing Iraq Family:
Five U.S. Army soldiers are being investigated for allegedly raping a young woman, then killing her and three members of her family in Iraq, the U.S. military said Friday.

The soldiers also allegedly burned the body of the woman they are accused of raping.

Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of coalition troops in Baghdad, had ordered a criminal investigation into the alleged killing of a family of four in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad, the U.S. command said. It did not elaborate.

``The entire investigation will encompass everything that could have happened that evening. We're not releasing any specifics of an ongoing investigation,'' said military spokesman Maj. Todd Breasseale.

28.6.06

Group Wants Nations to Protect Bank Data

Group Wants Nations to Protect Bank Data - Los Angeles Times:

A civil liberties group said it had asked governments around the world to block the release of confidential financial records to U.S. anti-terrorism authorities.

London-based watchdog Privacy International said it had filed complaints with data protection and privacy regulators in 13 European countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, arguing that the disclosures of financial transactions 'were made without any legal basis or authority whatsoever.'

US military: 'Oops, we killed another "non-combatant" in Iraq'

US military admits killing "non-combatant" in Iraq:
The U.S. military, in the spotlight over murder charges against its troops accused of killing Iraqis, said it had killed a 'non-combatant' during a raid in which an al Qaeda militant was detained on Wednesday.

A statement said U.S.-led forces killed the civilian near the violence-racked city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, as troops were securing the house of the alleged militant.

'While securing the initial target, Coalition forces noticed an individual acting suspiciously at a nearby house. They assessed him as an imminent threat, engaged and killed him. He was later determined to be a non-combatant,' it said."

Canadians dying over Bush's drug policy in Afghanistan: report

CBC News: Canadians dying over U.S. drug policy in Afghanistan: report:
Canadian soldiers are dying for U.S. ambitions of stomping out the illegal opium trade in Afghanistan, a report from a French drug policy think-tank charges.

The Senlis Council said on Wednesday that Washington's goal of eliminating opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is doomed to fail and is endangering Canadian soldiers.

'Canadian troops have been handed an impossible mission which can only lead to significant military casualties,' said the report.

The United States says the anti-government insurgency is largely supported by profits from the drug trade which has flourished in the years since the Taliban fell in 2001.

But the U.S. has failed to offer alternatives to rural Afghan farmers who rely on the drug trade to support their families, the report says. Those farmers are faced with deepening poverty.

As a result, Afghans are increasingly turning against coalition forces and offering support to the Taliban, it said.

Putin correctly blames Bush's occupation for dead Russians in Iraq

Chron.com | Putin Wants Hostages' Killers Hunted Down:
The lower house of the Russian parliament passed a statement earlier Wednesday that decried the murders and said that 'occupying' countries are losing control in Iraq.

Russia has strongly opposed the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq.

The statement by the State Duma 'deplores the death of our compatriots ... expresses profound indignation over the fact of their brutal murder and strongly denounces the criminals who committed that heinous crime.'

It said the abduction and killing were possible because 'of the deepening crisis in Iraq, while the occupying countries are losing control over the situation, and terror and violence are becoming the order of the day in that country.'

27.6.06

Iraq violence displaces 150,000: UN

Iraq violence displaces 150,000: UN:

The number of displaced people in Iraq has swelled by 150,000 since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in February pushed the country to the brink of civil war, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) put the number of displaced since late February higher than the 130,386 estimate of registered internal refugees given by the Ministry of Displacement and Migration on Monday.

'It is estimated that 1.3 million individuals are displaced inside Iraq, nearly 5 percent of the country's total population,' said a UNAMI statement.

EU tells Bush Crime Family to stop renditions for purposes of torture

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | No repeat over CIA flights urged:

Europe's human rights body has called for steps to ensure terror suspects never again 'disappear into thin air' from European soil. The Council of Europe accused states of colluding with the CIA on secret flights transferring prisoners to third countries where they could be tortured. It urged governments and parliaments in each state to hold their own inquiries.

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'People should not be allowed to disappear into thin air, regardless of the crimes of which they accused,' said Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis.

'If we want to be safe we must be fair.

'The only effective measures against terrorism are those which stop more terrorists than they help to recruit.'"

25.6.06

US soldiers charged in another shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilian

JURIST - Paper Chase:

The US military announced Sunday that two US Pennsylvania National Guardsmen have been charged [MNF-Iraq press release] in connection with the February 15 shooting of an Iraqi civilian near a US military base at Ramadi west of Baghdad. Specialist Nathan B. Lynn has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, and is joined by Sergeant Milton Ortiz Jr on a charge of obstructing justice for allegedly conspiring with another soldier who put an AK-47 near the body of the man in an attempt to make him look like an insurgent.

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The charges are the latest in a spate of legal actions and probes involving US servicemen for allegedly killing Iraqi civilians over the last few months. In mid-June, the US Army charged four soldiers for the deaths of Iraqi detainees in the northern Salahuddin province of Iraq. Last week seven Marines and a Navy corpsman were charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with the April 26 death of an Iraqi man outside his home in Hamdania. Military investigations into the alleged killing of 24 Iraqi civilians by Marines in the city of Haditha in November, 2005 are ongoing.

A US military spokesman said Sunday that some 350 innocent Iraqi civilians were killed by US troops at checkpoints or on convoys last year.

Sick Fuck Soldier Who Killed Handcuffed Iraqi Is Freed

Dayton Paper: Soldier Who Killed Handcuffed Iraqi Is Freed:

An American soldier convicted in the fatal shooting of a handcuffed Iraqi cow herder in 2004 was freed from a military prison in Oklahoma on Friday, more than a year before his sentence was up, the Dayton Daily News reported today.

Army Spec. Edward Richmond Jr., 22, of Gonzales, La., was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced in August 2004 to three years in prison for the April 28, 2004, shooting death of Muhamad Husain Kadir in the village of Taal Al Jal, which is about 40 miles southwest of Kirkuk.

Richmond was released on parole, his attorney said Friday.

'He told me this morning it feels good to be free,' said Richmond's father, Edward Richmond Sr.

The shooting was one of two of Iraqi civilians during a 10-day period by members of the same Hawaii-based platoon, the HHC 1/27th Mortar platoon.