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WikiLeaks documents raise questions about Obama policies

October 26, 2010

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— President Barack Obama stepped into the White House pledging to end George W. Bush’s gloves-off approach to interrogations and detention — but a flood of leaked documents suggests that some old habits were hard to break.

Field reports from the Iraq war published by WikiLeaks show that, despite Obama’s public commitment to eschew torture, U.S. forces turned detainees over to Iraqi forces even after signs of abuse.

Documents also show that U.S. interrogators continued to question Iraqi detainees, some of whom were still recovering from injuries or whose wounds were still visible after being held by Iraqi security forces.

“We have not turned a blind eye,” U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Monday, noting that one of the reasons why U.S. troops were still in Iraq was to carry out human rights training with Iraqi security forces. “Our troops were obligated to report abuses to appropriate authorities and to follow up, and they did so in Iraq.”

Crowley added, “If there needs to be an accounting, first and foremost there needs to be an accounting by the Iraqi government itself, and how it has treated its own citizens.”

Obama signed three executive orders shortly after taking office, vowing to return America to the “moral high ground” in the war on terrorism.

The implication was that the United States would do more to make sure terror suspects weren’t tortured or abused — either at the hands of U.S. forces or by governing authorities to whom the detainees were handed over for detention or interrogation.

WikiLeaks recently published almost 400,000 U.S. military logs, mainly written by soldiers on the ground, detailing daily carnage in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion: detainees abused by Iraqi forces, insurgent bombings, sectarian executions and civilians shot at checkpoints by U.S. troops.

In one leaked document from a U.S. military intelligence report filed Feb. 9, 2009 — just weeks after Obama ordered U.S. personnel to comply with the Geneva Conventions — an Iraqi says he was detained by coalition forces at his Baghdad home and told he would be sent to the Iraqi army if he didn’t cooperate. According to the document, the detainee was then handed over to Iraqis where he said he was beaten and given electric shocks.

Comments

CorkyHundley 4 years, 6 months ago

Whatever happened to those weapons of mass destruction? Just because the liberal at wikiwiki found some secrets that they existed doesn't mean they are true. I'm just glad that the liberal press, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and NPR are not covering these secret leaks like they did Bush and Valerie Plame or NSA wire tapping. Totally ignoring this while Obama is in charge will help his take over in 2012.

On another front. Isn't 2012 when the Mayan calander expires and the earth falls apart?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

" I'm just glad that the liberal press, nbc, abc, cbs, cnn, msnbc, npr and NPR are not covering these secret leaks l"

Umm, what do you think you just read here?

mr_right_wing 4 years, 6 months ago

Keeping your public promise on a "transparent administration" would have eliminated any need for something like "wikileaks" Mr. President.

As Nancy Pelosi quipped "...yeah, well he promised a lot of things."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

Sadly, Obama seems to think that merely improving on the previous administration is good enough. But given that in Iraq and Afghanistan he's mostly just adopted BushCo policies, I can understand his reluctance to be transparent about it.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 6 months ago

Not exactly what you had in mind as you repeatedly chanted "Change we can believe in!" is it?

Just to make you feel a little better..... "Read my lips.....!!!"

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 6 months ago

I didn't vote for Obama.

But I'm still glad he won out over McCain.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 6 months ago

Oh, now you're just BEGGING for a three-screen merrill post there.......

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