Everybody by now should be aware of the new WikiLeaks revelations. 391,832 war documents on the Iraqi war have been released.
As usual, the Pentagon is having a hissy fit and is making all kinds of claims, including espionage. Basically, they’re scared absolutely shitless by what’s going on — on how exposed they are to the real truth that has been long covered up with lies and even more lies.
However, ignore this just for a moment. The Afghanistan “leak” from WikiLeaks just recently resulted in absolutely zero “exposure” according to the Department of Defense.
The unauthorized release of tens of thousands of classified U.S. military records from the war in Afghanistan last July on the Wikileaks website did not result in the disclosure of sensitive intelligence sources, according to a mid-August assessment by the Department of Defense that has just been made public.
“The review to date has not revealed any sensitive intelligence sources and methods compromised by this disclosure,” wrote Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates in an August 16 letter (pdf) to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin. DoD Sees No Intelligence Compromise
Now, let’s put the new Iraq War Log leaks into proper perspective. President George W. Bush on May 1, 2003 announced to the entire world that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended”.
Most of us have known since that date that this too was total bullshit, since the war raged on and on, longer then WWII. The new WikiLeaks war logs on the Iraq war begin on Jan 1, 2004 and run through Dec. 31, 2009, depicting brutality, torture, kidnapping, execution, oppression, outright murder and destruction all over the country by US and Iraqi forces.
The war logs begin on Jan. 1, 2004, a day on which seven explosions were reported between Kirkuk in northern Iraq and Basra in the south, and end on Dec. 31, 2009, when three attacks were reported. With terms like “bomb explosion,” “under enemy fire” and “discoveries of weapons,” the Iraq logs try to make the war fit into the rough grid of military terminology. But there is one key difference between the Afghanistan war logs and these: The Iraq reports are all from a war that had already been officially declared as having been won. George W. Bush, the US president and commander in chief at the time, declared on May 1, 2003 on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” The field reports show that his statement proved to be untrue for years to come. Greatest Data Leak In US Military History
The brutality is as bad as you can possibly imagine:
But other reports express the extent of the horror of the war more clearly. As tensions mount within the Iraqi population starting in 2004, acts of the greatest cruelty take place. In June 2005, for example, the death of six members of a family near Baqouba are documented, a typical incident at that time. The killers tied the victims’ hands behind their back and then cut off their heads, laying them next to their corpses on the ground. The nine-year-old grandson was forced to die the same way as his grandfather. At another point, US soldiers report that a commander with the Shiite Mahdi militia killed his wife. She evidently saw him commit an “extra-legal killing” — a murder — and she filmed him doing it on a mobile phone.
I am not stunned, nobody should be. The data on the Iraq invasion has long been leaked out again and again, but was broadly ignored in the US controlled media and by many right wing pundits. The horrors of war are to be expected, but the sheer brutality of the Iraq war is beyond anything the American people have come to believe.
There is a photo gallery here from der Speigel.
WikiLeaks collectively referred to the trove as “The Iraq War Logs” and seemed to suggest they did contain revelations.
“There are reports of civilians being indiscriminately killed at checkpoints, such as speeding to get a pregnant woman to hospital; of Iraqi detainees being tortured by coalition forces; and of U.S. soldiers blowing up entire civilian buildings because of one suspected insurgent on the roof,” WikiLeaks said in its statement.
“There are over 300 recorded reports of coalition forces committing torture and abuse of detainees across 284 reports and over 1,000 cases of Iraqi security forces committing similar crimes,” WikiLeaks added. “There are numerous cases of what appear to be clear war crimes by U.S. forces, such as the deliberate killing of persons trying to surrender.”
The documents also included evidence of state-sanctioned torture by the Iraqi government, new evidence of Iraqi government death squads, and Iran’s involvement in funneling arms to Shiite militias, according to the international news outlets that reviewed them before their release. from ABC report.