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In the stunning new documentary by the Guardian UK: James Steele: America’s mystery man in Iraq mountains of evidence are revealed about the horrors engineered by the U.S. military in Iraq and Latin America. The normalization of torture and the creation of death squads have been key components in U.S. foreign policy across the globe. The shocking images and testimonials in this new film should force the International Criminal Court to issue warrants for the arrest of James Steele, Donald Rumsfeld, General David Petraeus and Richard Cheney. While these criminals walk free the people who have risked their very lives to reveal the truth remain in prison or exile: Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. (globalperambulator.wordpress.com)
The shocking documentary details how the United States armed and trained Iraqi death squads that ran torture centers. It is a story that stretches from the U.S.-backed death squads in Central America during the 1980s to the imprisoned Army whistleblower Bradley Manning. We play extended excerpts of “James Steele: America’s Mystery Man in Iraq,” which exposes the role the retired U.S. colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played in training Iraqi police commando units. “We spent maybe six months trying to track down young American soldiers who served in Samarra,” says the film’s executive producer, Maggie O’Kane, who notes the investigation was sparked by memos found in the Iraq War Logs released by WikiLeaks. “But many were too frightened because of what happened to Bradley Manning.” A Pentagon spokesman told The Guardian it had seen the reports and is looking into the situation. “As you know, the issue surrounding accusation of abuse and torture of Iraqi detainees is a complex one that is full of history and emotion,” said Col. Jack Miller. “It will take time to work a thorough response.” [includes rush transcript]. Democracy Now. http://www.democracynow.org
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AMY GOODMAN: As we continue to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, we turn today to a shocking new report by The Guardian newspaper and BBC Arabic detailing how the United States armed and trained Iraqi police commando units that ran torture centers and death squads. It’s a story that stretches from the U.S.-backed involvement in Latin America to the imprisoned Army whistleblower Bradley Manning. In a moment, we’ll be joined by one of the chief reporters behind the investigation, but first I want to play an excerpt of the documentary that accompanies their report.
U.S. SOLDIER: First to fight for the right and to build the nation’s might, and the Army goes rolling along.
NARRATOR: This is one of the great untold stories of the Iraq War, how just over a year after the invasion, the United States funded a sectarian police commando force that set up a network of torture centers to fight the insurgency. It was a decision that helped fuel a sectarian civil war between Shia and Sunni that ripped the country apart. At its height, it was claiming 3,000 victims a month.
This is also the story of James Steele, the veteran of America’s dirty war in El Salvador. He was in charge of the U.S. advisers who trained notorious Salvadoran paramilitary units to fight left-wing guerrillas. In the course of that civil war, 75,000 people died, and over a million people became refugees. Steele was chosen by the Bush administration to work with General David Petraeus to organize these paramilitary police commandos.
This is the only known Iraqi video footage of Steele, a shadowy figure, always in the background, observing, evaluating. The man on his left is his collaborator, Colonel James Coffman. He reported directly to General David Petraeus, who funded this police commando force from a multibillion-dollar fund.
The thousands of commandos that Steele let loose came to be mostly made up of Shia militias, like the Badr Brigades, hungry to take revenge on the Sunni supporters of Saddam Hussein. Steele oversaw the commandos, mostly made up of militias. They were torturing detainees for information on the insurgency.
Full transcript here: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/22/new_expos_links_torture_centers_in