[Rushtalk] if you hate wikileaks

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Sun May 4 09:32:25 MDT 2014


OK....prisoner abuse by Iraq is bad, but in what sick twisted way is reading this good???  Jonesing  for more terrorist bomb attacks??  Who made  WikiSpys god and give them the right to fuel more conflict?   Tom




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you'd better not read this

http://wikileaks.org/cable/2006/06/06BAGHDAD1960.html



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SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/08/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM MARR MOPS DOJ CRIM OPDAT KJUS IZ SUBJECT: SEVERE ABUSE AT MINISTRY OF INTERIOR SITE 4 
DETENTION FACILITY 
 
REF: A. BAGHDAD 1241 
     ¶ B. BAGHDAD 1019 
     ¶ C. BAGHDAD 4921 05 
     ¶ D. BAGHDAD 5020 05 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad for reasons 1.4 (a) and (d). 
  ¶ 1. (C) SUMMARY: On May, a joint U.S.-Iraqi inspection of the 
"Site 4" Iraqi National Police (INP) detention complex 
discovered more than 1,400 detainees in squalid, cramped 
conditions.  Forty-one detainees interviewed had bruising and 
lash-marks consistent with violent physical abuse. 
Thirty-seven juveniles were illegally held at the facility, 
many alleging sexual abuse.  Ministry of Interior (MOI) 
officials appear to have been comfortable engaging in 
large-scale violence against detainees at a well-known 
Baghdad facility that had been officially inspected twice 
since December 2005 (and visited unofficially half-a-dozen 
times by Post), indicating that MOI's capture-and-confess 
culture is Unabashedly tolerant of physical abuse.  According 
to latest information from the Civilian Police Assistance 
Training Team (CPATT), several other MOI officers have been 
"detained but not arrested" -- a not-uncommon practice at 
MOI. Ambassador briefed PM Maliki on the size and seriousness 
of the Site 4 abuse on June 5.  Malik was, in his words, 
"appalled" at what happened there.  END SUMMARY. 
 
----------------- 
EVIDENCE OF ABUSE 
----------------- 
  ¶ 2. (SBU) On May 30, a third joint U.S.-Iraqi inspection of 
the "Site 4" INP detention complex, located in central 
Baghdad, discovered more than 1,400 detainees in two separate 
facilities held in squalid, cramped conditions not uncommon 
in MOI Commando detention facilities.  Forty-one detainees 
interviewed had bruising and lash-marks consistent with 
violent physical abuse.  Thirty-seven juveniles were 
illegally held at the facility, many alleging sexual abuse. 
  ¶ 3. (SBU) On June 1, the juvenile detainees were removed from 
Site 4 and transported temporarily to an MOI INP facility at 
Muthanna Airfield.  Post is seeking an order from the Higher 
Juridical Council (HJC) authorizing their transfer to the 
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) juvenile 
detention facility at Tobchi.  Forty-five adult detainees 
showing marks of abuse were medically-screened, treated, and 
transferred to the "Site 1" INP facility.  An additional 
ninety were transported to an INP facility at FOB Justice. 
  ¶ 4. (SBU) On June 5, Post and MNF-I returned to Site 4 (which 
is now visited daily by MNF-I's Special Police Training Team 
(SpiTT)) in support of three Iraqi judges tasked by the HJC 
with taking possession of all detainee files on site.  (These 
files will be stored in HJC offices while HJC staff match 
files to a Site 4 roster passed to the HJC by Post and 
MNF-I).  MOI personnel initially resisted surrendering the 
files to the HJC, but after several hours' argument they 
complied upon presentation of a written judicial order. 
  ¶ 5. (SBU) Follow-up inspections and interviews by MNF-I have 
recorded allegations of physical abuse from 315 detainees, 
many of whom identify the same group of five to six MOI 
officials as the perpetrators of abuse at the Site 4 
facility.  A number of detainees have offered to testify in 
court against their abusers; Post and MNF-I are in contact 
with judicial officials on this matter.  MOI is rumored to 
have "detained but not arrested" the Site 4 Commander and a 
handful of unnamed other personnel. 
 
-------------------------------------- 
CENTRALIZATION AND SEVERE OVERCROWDING 
-------------------------------------- 
  ¶ 6. (SBU) As noted in reftels, severe overcrowding is 
characteristic of many MOI INP detention facilities. 
However, the situation at Site 4 has been exacerbated by the 
recent MOI decision to transfer hundreds of detainees from 
other Baghdad INP facilities (including Forward Operating 
Base (FOB) Justice) to two adjoining facilities inside the 
Site 4 complex, near MOI Headquarters. 
  ¶ 7. (SBU) As a result, both Site 4 facilities (one 
 
BAGHDAD 00001960  002 OF 003 
 
 
newly-renovated) are well over acceptable capacity. Detainees 
in Most cells have insufficient space to lie down and must 
sit entwined, knee-to-knee.  Air circulation is poor, and the 
cellblocks are fetid.  The few toilets available are 
overflowing, and sewage spills onto the floors.  Many 
detainees, who are allowed little or no access to fresh air, 
suffer from lice, scabies, and infections.  Food supply is 
adequate, but running water is limited to 1-2 hours per 
evening. 
 
------------------------ 
NATURE OF PHYSICAL ABUSE 
------------------------ 
  ¶ 8. (SBU) Of the forty-one detainees interviewed on May 30 who 
displayed bruising, broken bones, and lash-marks, many 
claimed to have been hung by handcuffs from a hook in the 
ceiling and beaten on the soles of their feet and their 
buttocks.  A hook was discovered on the ceiling of an empty 
room at the facility; attached was a chain-and-pulley system 
ordinarily used for lifting vehicles.  Apparent blood spots 
stained the floor underneath. (NOTE: The pulley was 
confiscated and is now at Post.  END NOTE.) 
  ¶ 9. (SBU) A number of juvenile detainees, mostly young 
teenagers, alleged sexual abuse at the hands of MOI personnel 
-- specifically, that MOI interrogators had used threats and 
acts of anal rape to induce confessions and had forced 
juveniles to fellate them during interrogations.  These 
allegations were also raised independently with inspectors by 
adult detainees who claimed knowledge of juvenile rapes. 
 
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MOI's REACTION 
-------------- 
  ¶10. (C) MOI personnel at Site 4 made some desultory attempts 
to prevent Post and MNF-I from interviewing abused detainees. 
 Site 4 guards initially refused access to the May 30 
inspection team, citing MOI orders, and on June 1 guards were 
caught attempting to hide four abused detainees in a guard 
tower during a follow-on SPiTT inspection.  MOI facility 
management threatened detainees during both inspections, 
warning them not to "talk to the Americans." 
  ¶11. (C) MOI officials appear to have been comfortable 
engaging in large-scale violence against detainees at a 
well-known Baghdad facility that had been officially 
inspected twice since December 2005 (and visited unofficially 
six times by Post), indicating that MOI's capture-and-confess 
culture is unabashedly tolerant of physical abuse.  In the 
words of MOI official Colonel Adnan (1st INP Division) at 
Site 4 on June 1, ostensibly investigating abuse, "detainees 
guilty of some crimes deserve to be beaten." 
 
---------------- 
THE PERPETRATORS 
---------------- 
  ¶12. (C) Colonel Ali (Site 4 Commander) and General Adnan 
Thabit (INP Commander) informed Post and MNF-I some days ago 
that the "sole" three individuals responsible for abusing 
detainees at Site 4 had been detained at the MOI Site 1 
detention facility.  Eleven MOI personnel, including the 
doctor posted to Site 4, were identified by detainees on June 
1 as perpetrators; additional names were provided to MNF-I on 
June 5. 
  ¶13. (C) COMMENT: It would be difficult, if not impossible, 
for senior MOI INP leadership responsible for Site 4 to be 
unaware of the prevalence of detainee abuse at the facility. 
This is suggested by the large number of detainees with 
serious physical injuries present at Site 4, the obvious and 
illegal presence of 37 juveniles, and the fact that hooks and 
pulleys used to hang detainees from the ceiling were kept in 
plain sight.  END COMMENT. 
  ¶14. (C) According to latest information from CPATT, Colonel 
Ali and several other MOI officers (primarily from the 
Special Intelligence Directorate) have been "detained but not 
arrested" -- a not-uncommon practice at MOI.  Detainees 
currently held at Site 1 are being interviewed by MNF-I. 
Many of the formerly-abused detainees now at Site 1 have 
 
BAGHDAD 00001960  003 OF 003 
 
 
offered to testify in court against their abusers. 
 
---------- 
NEXT STEPS 
---------- 
  ¶15. (C) In the immediate future, Post and MNF-I will press 
the HJC to order the transfer of all underage detainees to 
the MOLSA facility at Tobchi.  We will also show regular 
presence at Site 4 and at facilities to which Site 4 
detainees have been evacuated in order to check on medical 
needs, availability of food and water, and quality of care 
offered.  The HJC has pledged to review files seized from 
Site 4 to determine which detainees are held subject to a 
valid judicial order. 
  ¶16. (C) Ambassador briefed PM Maliki on June 5 regarding the 
size and seriousness of the abuse at Site 4.  Maliki was, in 
his words, "appalled" at what happened there.  He has
already 
appointed a committee headed by the Ministers of Justice and 
Civil Society to deal with the situation.  They will have 
access to inspect detention facilities, and victims of 
torture and children will be released. 
  ¶17. (C) We will provide full briefings to the Minister of 
Justice, the Chief Justice of the HJC, and the Minister of 
Civil Society and then follow up with them on GOI actions. 
Post is requesting that the GOI and Iraqi courts: 
 
(i) impose immediate administrative sanctions against MOI 
officials responsible for the facility, pending a judicial 
investigation and criminal charges; 
 
(ii) order the release of all detainees found at Site 4 who 
are not detained on the basis of a valid judicial order; and 
 
(iii) undertake a robust criminal investigation of abuse 
allegations related to MOI personnel at the Site 4 facility. 
  ¶18. (C) Post also will engage the Minister of Justice to plan 
for the transfer of Site 4 detainees who merit further 
detention to MOJ custody.  This transfer will require MOJ to 
take control of and staff the newly-renovated MOI detention 
facility at Baladiyat, which has a capacity of 750.  (NOTE: 
MNF-I will, if required, set up additional temporary tent 
housing within the Baladiyat complex.  END NOTE.) 
 
------- 
COMMENT 
------- 
  ¶19. (C) COMMENT: While the overcrowding, lack of sanitation, 
disease, and under-supply of food and water at Site 4 are 
typical of many MOI detention facilities (and were observed 
at Site 4 in December 2005 and February 2006), the physical 
abuse documented by inspectors May 30-June 5 is the most 
severe and widespread since the November 2005 discovery of 
seriously-injured detainees at the MOI Jadiriyah "Bunker" 
facility. 
  ¶20. (C) COMMENT CONT'D: MOI guards and interrogators at Site 
4 appear to have engaged in illegal and violent acts openly 
and with impunity.  The frank admissions of MOI personnel 
that individual detainees merit physical abuse and the 
lackadaisical efforts to conceal that abuse support the 
contention -- raised by multiple Iraqi interlocutors -- that 
today's INP are not only incapable of conducting detention 
operations to acceptable standards, but are unwilling to do 
so.  END COMMENT. 
KHALILZAD 



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