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Saturday, April 02, 2005
 
Geneva is where they make watches, right?

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During the interrogation, Army prosecutors claim [Major General] Mowhoush was put headfirst into a sleeping bag, wrapped with electrical cord and knocked down before the soldiers sat and stood on him, prosecutors said. The cause of death was determined to be suffocation.

The defendants — Chief Warrant Officers Lewis Welshofer and Jefferson Williams, Sgt. 1st Class William Sommer and Spc. Jerry Loper — have all denied wrongdoing, saying commanders had sanctioned their actions.

According to the transcript, witnesses said **others had also beaten Mowhoush** days before the Army interrogation. Their names and agencies were blacked out.

Col. David A. Teeples, the men's commander, said during the closed hearing: "My thought was that the death of Mowhoush was brought about by .... (blacked out) and then it was unfortunate and accidental, what had happened under an interrogation by our people."
First Point - Howhoush was not an insurgent. He was a General of the Iraqi Army. If any prisoner was ever entitled to POW status, this guy was.

Second Point
- Clearly the General was beaten by others, in another agency, in the days prior. But only the Army grunts are going to trial. Why do the we continue to play along with the myth that such techniques were the product of a few bad apples and not mandated from on high?

Third Point - Am I mistaken to interpret the CO's remarks as defending the practices of his soldiers?

...headfirst into a sleeping bag, wrapped with electrical cord and knocked down before the soldiers sat and stood on him = Death "was unfortunate and accidental..."

Why the fuck is Col. David A. Teeples not on trial?

Troll repellent: I am not condemning troops. I am commenting on the obviously condoned policies of torture that were scripted somewhere higher than Col. Teeples. And if you want to say that I am helping the enemy, go fuck yourself. I am helping to keep your grandkids from being blown up in 30 years by a suicide bomber with a tatoo on his chest of a hooded prisoner, standing on a milk crate, with wires attached.
 
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