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Monday, January 30, 2006

Operation Iraqi Freedom, Part VI

Our enemies aren't the only ones taking hostages in Iraq. The Los Angeles Times reports:
U.S. forces in at least two cases have detained wives of suspected insurgents in Iraq in an attempt to pressure the men into surrendering, documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union confirm.

"This is not an acceptable tactic," ACLU lawyer Amrit Singh said Friday.

In one instance, members of a military task force seized a mother of three young children "in order to leverage" her husband's surrender, according to an account by a civilian Defense Intelligence Agency officer.

In the other, an e-mail exchange includes a U.S. military officer asking, "Have you tacked a note on the door and challenged him to come get his wife?"
The Times further states:
A June 10, 2004, memo written by the DIA employee, labeled as "secret," referred to "violations of the Geneva Convention."

It described the actions of Task Force 6-26 and stated that on May 9, 2004, task force personnel detained the wife of "a suspected terrorist" in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad.

"The 28-year-old woman had three young children at the house…. Her husband was the primary target of the raid," the memo stated. "It was recommended … that if the wife were present, she be detained and held in order to leverage the primary target's surrender."

The memo's author said he objected but the "raid team leader detained her anyway."
(entire article here)

Yep, freedom is on the march!


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