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Tuesday, September 04, 2007 

ACLU Report Provides Details On Death Of Civilians By American Military

The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents through a federal Freedom of Information Act application which detail numerous cases of death caused by interrogation tactics used by the American Army in Afghanistan and Iraq. The ACLU obtained the information after requesting any documents that indicate U.S. military involvement in the death of civilians.

"The documents, released by the American Civil Liberties Union ahead of a lawsuit, total nearly 10,000 pages of courts-martial summaries, transcripts and military investigative reports about 22 incidents. They show repeated examples of soldiers believing they were within the law when they killed local citizens. The killings include the drowning of a man soldiers pushed from a bridge into the Tigris River as punishment for breaking curfew, and the suffocation during interrogation of a former Iraqi general believed to be helping insurgents."
Ryan Lenz
Associated Press

Associated Press

Was bound to happen, for the last couple of years "standards" for enlistment have been a joke.

I think the requirements now are

1. breathing and
2. not currently incarcerated

There is obviously a GI Joe mentality at work here that says 'we are the good guys, no matter what we do - and they are the BAD guys!

What did you think of Bush's pronouncement the other day when he said that if things calm down in Iraq he will start bringing troops home?

He was controlling the spin.

We are going to to withdraw at least half of the current numbers. We have no choice, it isn't partisan, it's simple math.

We'll declare "victory" in targeted areas and withdraw ASAP. Forces will likely remain in some areas, particularly Kurdistan with drilling scheduled to begin in '08.

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