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Special Report | Wikileaks and the Iraq War Logs

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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait
Key themes in the Iraq War Logs show:
•    Abuse, rape, torture, murder of detainees
•    Civilians are dying in greatest numbers
•    Hundreds of civilians killed at checkpoints
•    Private contractors non-uniformed, unsupervised, wreak havoc
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety

Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death, Simon Rogers, London Guardian | UK
Data journalism allows us to really interrogate the Wikileaks Iraq war logs release. Here is the statistical breakdown - and data for you to download

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Iraq war logs: These crimes were not secret, they were tolerated, Peter Beaumont, London Guardian | UK

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  • Why did we not investigate allegations of murder and torture in Iraq at the time, when it was well known what was going on?
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More on the new Wikileaks release, World Can't Wait
Major media around the world have released reports and analysis based on access to 400,000 US military documents released through WikiLeaks covering the Iraq War, revealing massive cover-ups of torture, thousands of previously unreported civilian deaths, and more.

UN Demands Obama Investigate, FireJohnYoo.org
The UN's chief investigator on torture, Manfred Nowak, has called on President Obama to order a full investigation of US forces' involvement in torture, summary executions and war crimes.

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Atrocity Now: Wikileaks Release Puts Spotlight Back on Continuing War Crime in Iraq, Chris Floyd, World Can't Wait
Here's a headline you don't see every day: "War Criminals Hire War Criminals to Hunt Down War Criminals.

Because this all continues in Afghanistan: Inside a Secret DOD Prison in Afghanistan, Scott Horton, Harpers
In a new report (PDF) by the Open Society Institute, human-rights researcher Jonathan Horowitz contrasts the official prison system that the Pentagon has constructed in Afghanistan—where they often arrange press briefings and invite journalists on tours—with the super-secret facility run on the periphery of Bagram Air Base, the “Tor” or “Black Jail.”

Analysis of war docs shows some Iraqi detainees were handed back despite signs of torture, Raphael G. Satter and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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  • 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.
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  • Iraq war logs: These crimes were not secret, they were tolerated
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Pentagon chief asserts US “national interest” in China seas

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  • Said US Defense Secretary Robert Gates: “We have a national interest in freedom of navigation, in unimpeded economic development and commerce and in respect for international law.”
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  • Gates described disputes in the region over access to the seas and their resources as “a growing challenge to regional stability and prosperity.”
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Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Website

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US Defense Secretary Robert Gates used a defense ministers meeting in Hanoi Tuesday (Oct 12) to reassert US “national interests” in the maritime disputes roiling relations between China and its neighbors.

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The forum for the Pentagon chief’s assertion of American power in the region was a one-day conference convened by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The meeting was attended by defense ministers and other representatives from ASEAN’s ten member states, as well as the US, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and India.

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Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death

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  • Data journalism allows us to really interrogate the Wikileaks Iraq war logs release. Here is the statistical breakdown - and data for you to download
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Simon Rogers, The Guardian | UK

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Wikileaks Iraq: a man holds his wounded daughter outside in August 2006 after being injured in road side bomb explosion. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Data journalism works best when there's a lot of data to work with. Wikileaks' Iraq war logs release has dumped some 391,000 records of the Iraq war into the public arena. We've had them for a few weeks - what have we found out?

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This is in a different league to the Wikileaks Afghanistan leak - there's a good case for saying the new release has made the war the most documented in history. Every minor detail is now there for us to analyse and breakdown but one factor stands out: the sheer volume of deaths, most of which are civilians.

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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait
Key themes in the Iraq War Logs<http://www.iraqwarlogs.com/> show:
•    Abuse, rape, torture, murder of detainees
•    Civilians are dying in greatest numbers
•    Hundreds of civilians killed at checkpoints
•    Private contractors non-uniformed, unsupervised, wreak havoc
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety

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Your taxes at work: Guns for election-stealing thugs

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These images show that the Kabul government is blatantly illegitimate, and that means our soldiers are fighting and dying to prop up a gang of election-stealing frauds.
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U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite
How the US Funds the Taliba

Robert Greenwald, Brave New Foundation

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Our video features footage obtained from our network of contacts in Afghanistan and clearly shows widespread vote fraud during the recent parliamentary elections. These images show that the Kabul government is blatantly illegitimate, and that means our soldiers are fighting and dying to prop up a gang of election-stealing frauds. And while these crooks steal elections, U.S. policymakers are spending our tax dollars to create a huge military force that these thugs can use to stay in power?

Help us send a message to our elected officials: we don’t want another dime of U.S. money spent on Afghan military forces until the Kabul government addresses rampant election fraud.

Please sign our petition, and join Rethink Afghanistan on Facebook and Twitter as we fight to bring our troops home.

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U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite, Greg Miller and Ernesto Londoño, Washington Post | DC

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  • "Above a certain level, people are being very well protected," said a senior U.S. official involved in the investigations.
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How the US Funds the Taliban, Aram Roston, The Nation
In 'grotesque carnival,' contractors pay insurgents to protect supply lines.

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