Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centers revealed in new Guardian report

A major piece at the Guardian out today: recently-disgraced General David Petraeus and veterans of America's dirty wars in Central America are revealed to be behind Iraq commando units implicated in detainee abuse.


        1. Please do click through to the source for more disturbing images. Did I say ‘disturbing’? Maybe I meant ‘thought-provoking’.

    1. Ah, but if we don’t look backward how can we identify the people with a track record of being ruthless, sociopathic, bastards and hire them?

  1. And in other news, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. If this article surprises you then I’m shocked you’re smart enough to even turn on a computer and use the internet.

  2. Total US media sources covering this story so far, according to Googe news: 10 (see: )

    As grimlock points out, this story is no surprise, but it is a stark reminder of the continuity of US imperial behavior and an unusual insight into the personalities behind that continuity. I’ve written more here about how US Christians in particular so persistently ignore it:

    1. I can only imagine that the knowledge that you are Imperial Rome(and not in the ‘just hang on and Paul will show up, no problem… sense) awkwards up your relationship with jesus to such an extent that you prefer not to think about it.

  3. The people that ran guns to Central America under Reagan came pouring into town under Bush43 to get a slice of the Iraq War.  One of the barely remembered scandals of the War On Terror was when the CIA’s #1 (Porter Goss) and #3 (Dusty Foggo) resigned in a bribery scandal.  Foggo was a gunrunner to the contras back when Reagan went senile in his second term, the Iraq War was an all you can eat buffet of corruption for these guys.  Many many people went to prison, and the press barely covered it.  Congressman Cunningham went to prison in a prostitution and bribery scandal.

  4. I still don’t understand how having an affair in any way “disgraces” him, or even has the slightest pertinence to his job of being a general, but I guess that’s beside the point.

    1. His mistress or whatever you want to call her was being pimped as some sort of quasi-diplomat.  It wasn’t just an affair.

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