Recently released CIA documents show that their use of waterboarding was more than “a dunk in the water” as claimed by Dick Cheney — the controversial “enhanced interrogation” used by the CIA was reportedly far more brutal on detainees and was concocted and administered with meticulous cruelty.
Waterboarding would have been a luxury compared to the brutality the CIA documents reveal; interrogators used so much water on the detainees that the CIA tried using a special saline solution to minimize the risk of death.
A “specially designed” gurney that tilted backwards at a perfect angle in order to maximize the water entering a prisoner’s nose and mouth to intensify the sense of choking — and to be lifted upright quickly should the detainee stop breathing — was used by the CIA.
The documents spell out exactly what should occur during each two-hour waterboarding “session.” The documents instructed the interrogator to start pouring water right after a detainee exhaled to ensure that water, not air, was inhaled in his next breath. Interrogators could use their hands to “dam the runoff” and prevent water from spilling out of a detainee’s mouth.
U.S. munitions containing Depleted Uranium (DU) — a stealthy killer with long term effects — that will kill Iraqi’s and U.S. servicemen and women stationed in Iraq — are reportedly causing an alarming rise in cancers, deformed babies and other health problems in Iraq.
Using DU in munitions is a war crime and there is plenty of well documented evidence of munitions containing DU being used by the U.S. and some of their allies against Iraq in 1991 and 2003. Radiation from those munitions and unchecked pollution are being blamed for causing the rising incidences of health problems Iraqi’s are dealing with today.
Despite the well documented use of DU in U.S. and coalition weaponry, officials say establishing a link between the radioactive metal and health problems among Iraqi’s and American service men and women is hard.
New, previously unseen kinds of cancer that were not recorded in Iraq before 2003 are being blamed on radiation from munitions that contained DU. A spike in the number of stillborn births, deformed and paralyzed babies has alarmed doctors in the western Iraq city of Falluja, which was the scene of two of the fiercest battles after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
A hearing on the UK’s involvement in the Iraq War has reportedly revealed that the U.S. was discussing plans — less than a month after the Bush administration took office — to invade Iraq, and the UK government reportedly ‘distanced itself’ from talk of removing Saddam Hussein in early 2001 despite concerns about his threat.
According to testimony from officials, the British government was aware of Washington’s drum beats of war with Iraq immediately after the inauguration of former President George W. Bush, long before the attacks of 9/11. Britain was opposed to military involvement at that time.
The decision to deploy British troops — which was later met with charges that then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, who will be a future witness in the hearings, had misled the country into believing that Iraq was holding weapons of mass destruction — faced strong public opposition in the UK.
Hundreds of pages of reports obtained by the Sunday Telegraph reportedly reveal that Tony Blair covered up British military plans for a full Iraq invasion throughout 2002. Blair lied to parliament and the public when he said that Britain’s objective was ‘disarmament, not regime change.’