UPDATE: The girl killed and raped was 15.
Some of America’s brave fighting men are raping Iraqi women and then killing them to cover up the evidence, investigators believe.
Representative Murtha has said that the American troops in Iraq are “Out of Control”. Too much pressure, too many tours. He as a representative of the military. And the Military brass wants the troops out. I believe the military is allowing the truth about what is happening in Iraq to come out. And they are doing this for the purpose of stimulating the American public into action to demand the withdrawal of the troops. Remember Murtha represents the military in Congress.
The Prime Minister of Iraq and Karzai of Afghanistan have condemned the American Treatment of Iraqi's and Afghans by American soldiers who regularly bust into family homes as they are now doing in Ramadi and Baghdad in current operations. How many women are being raped in these operations? How many are killed and their deaths blamed on insurgents?
Investigators believe a group of U.S. soldiers suspected of raping an Iraqi woman, then killing her and three members of her family plotted the attack for nearly a week, a U.S. military official said Saturday.
The suspects were from the 502nd Infantry Regiment and belonged to the same platoon as two soldiers kidnapped and killed south of Baghdad this month, another official close to the investigation said Friday. The soldiers' mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days after they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah southwest of Baghdad.
One of the family members they allegedly killed was a child, said a senior Army official who also requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The senior official said the alleged incident was first revealed by a soldier during a routine counseling-type session. The official said that soldier did not witness the incident but heard about it.
This soldier felt guilty about the rape and murder, not because the family was murdered including a child, but because he thought that the two American soldiers who were beheaded, were beheaded and tortured because of the rape and murder of the Iraqi family. Isn’t that interesting?
A second soldier, who also was not involved, said he overhead soldiers conspiring to commit the crimes and then later saw bloodstains on their clothes, the official said.
This indicates that some soldiers conspire with each other to commit rape; they let it be known among other soldiers, not involved what they are doing. That might lead one to believe that it is commonplace to rape “hot” Iraqi women. It seems the soldiers had noticed the woman on previous patrols and decided to act based on their sexual urges.
This is not an isolated incident. This may not be the first time for this group of soldiers. How many other women did they rape and how many other families did they murder to cover up the evidence? How many other “groups of soldiers” are systematically raping Iraqi women and then killing the families?
The Taguba report on Abu Ghraib additionally has confirmed rape of Iraqi women by American soldiers. One of the reasons the prison was attacked by mortars was in response to the raping of the women in the prison.
The Taguba inquiry has corroborated the contents of the letter smuggled out of Abu Ghraib by a woman known only as "Noor". The enquiry found the letter to be entirely in line with the activities going on within the prison. While most of the focus since the scandal broke three weeks ago has been on the abuse of men, and on their sexual humiliation in front of US women soldiers, there is now incontrovertible proof that women detainees have also been abused. Among the 1,800 digital photographs taken by US guards inside Abu Ghraib there are, according to Taguba's report, images of a US military policeman “having sex” with an Iraqi woman. Taguba discovered that guards have also videotaped and photographed naked female detainees. Bush refused to release other photographs of Iraqi women forced at gunpoint to bare their breasts (although Congress were shown them) - ostensibly to prevent attacks on US soldiers in Iraq. However in reality this is merely to prevent further domestic embarrassment.
Assuming reports on events in Haditha are true were the women in Haditha raped before they were killed? In both the Haditha case and the case most recently, children in the families were killed, some point blank.
The American Military presence in Iraq is thoroughly corrupt. Seymour Hersh has reported that Lt. Colonels are actively engaged in stealing cash money from Iraq and sending it to the states. There have been murders and mysterious assassinations all over Iraq
AMY GOODMAN: Seymour Hersh, there was a report in the Financial Times right before the election in Iraq -- it was around January 10 -- that said the electoral group headed by Iyad Allawi, the interim Iraqi Prime Minister, handed out cash to journalists to insure coverage of the press conferences. Your response to that? __
SEYMOUR HERSH: I just don't know that but, you know, when you talk about cash in Iraq, you don't just talk about cash. You talk about pallet loads of cash. There's an awful lot of money. _If anybody wanted to read about this -- the London Review of Books recently did an amazing article -- they took the six last State Department and U.N. reports on the missing cash in Iraq. Twenty billion dollars, much of it Iraqi oil money, has just disappeared, and there's no accounting for it. I shouldn't say all of it has disappeared, but the accounting is very lax. The corruption of Iraq and the corruption of our military by the dollars around, the invidious and systematic corruption of our military is just beyond belief. And we will pay a price for that in the end, too. You just cannot have that much money around. There were all kinds of colonels -- look, and it just doesn't matter. I'm getting ahead of myself, because I -- I don't want too talk about things I can't prove, but I can tell you in the London Review of Books in the last issue, the most recent issue, was a very, very serious essay about the extent of financial corruption and how much money simply disappeared from view, and we're not talking about hundreds of millions, we're talking about billions.)
It appears and entire company of 130 soldiers of the California National Guard may have been using old style mafia tactics to extort money from Iraqi shop owners. They offered "protection" from "terrorists" to shop owners if the shop owners paid them. This is just like mobsters walking into a business and saying. "nice place you got here, we'd hate so see anything happen ot it. If you pay us, will protect you." Translation: " We won't blow up your shop and then blame it on the terrorists if you pay us off! " So the army is extorting money from innocent Iraqi's in addition to all the other things they have been accused of. Here we have an entire company put on restrictive duty. Other companies appear to be involved too, so it is endemic, not an isolated case. Lt. Col. Patrick Frey, has been suspended while the investigation is conducted, he is the battalion commander. [Shakedown Shakedown]_
This gives a whole new meaning to the idea of “pulling out” and “cut and run”. It seems a large number of American soldiers don’t want to “pull out” after raping Iraqi women. They want to do it again. No one is stopping them. They are the law.
I have always said that rape victims don’t want the rapist hanging around afterward. They don’t want to hear the rapist say they would like to make friends with them now and that they are sorry for what they did, They just want them to PULL OUT and never come back again.
That is what America must do. PULL OUT and never come back again.