A top U.S. military source involved with the ostensibly-U.S. military run detention camps and prisons in post-U.S. invasion and occupation Iraq has told WMR that a number of private contractors who were responsible for ordering and committing abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad and at other detention facilities were former U.S. state and federal prison guards who were under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice while also working in Iraq. The contractors, many of whom used aliases like "James Bond" and "007" were accused of abusing prisoners at U.S. federal and state prisons while working as guards.
However, a deal was worked out between then-White House Chief Counsel Alberto Gonzales and Commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7 General Ricardo Sanchez that resulted in all the pending criminal investigations of the former U.S. prison guards dropped in return for their "service" in Iraq. The deal to lift the pending Justice Department investigations of the former U.S. prison guards was worked out by the Prisons Department, which reported to Coalition Provisional Authority head Paul "Jerry' Bremer.
WMR's Army source revealed that when asked by military personnel about their assigned jobs at the Iraqi prisons, many of the civilian interrogators replied, "If I told you, I'd have to kill you." WMR has also learned that many of the interrogation contracts with companies like CACI and Titan were arranged through the auspices of the CIA, not the Department of Defense....
Aside from many Israelis present at Abu Ghraib and other prisons, none of the contractor interrogators spoke Arabic and most were in Iraq on lucrative 90-day contracts. After the expiration of their 90-day contracts, the civilian interrogators were shipped to the Hilton Hotel in Kuwait where they re-negotiated their original contracts at double and triple their original salaries. The Hilton contract re-negotiation interlude was punctuated by drinking parties and orgies with prostitutes, according to our source.
WMR has learned of one such interrogation contractor who was being paid by CACI at the same time he was working as a Naval Security Group reservist and thus was being paid twice for doing the same job. The individual had been assigned to Saudi Arabia as a signals intelligence operator during the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s and re-appeared as a SIGINT operator at the U.S. embassy in Muscat, Oman during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From Muscat, the SIGINT operator ended up working at Bremer's headquarters in the Green Zone. There is a possibility that the contractor in question may have had ties to Israeli intelligence, and, thus, represented an Israeli penetration of National Security Agency (NSA) operations in Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Iraq.... No criminal charges for his involvement in the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, or possible espionage, were ever brought against the contractor....
The bottom line at Abu Ghraib and some twenty other detention facilities around Iraq was that there was no military control and very little civilian control over the activities of the civilian interrogators and detention operatives....
While war criminals being elected to national legislatures is commonplace in U.S.-supported dictatorships around the world, it is fairly unique to have one entering the US House of Representatives.
Meet incoming Florida Republican Allen West. On August 21, 2003, West interrogated Iraqi police officer Yehiya Kadoori Hamoodi, who U.S. Army intelligence believed was linked to an insurgent cell. The Army had the wrong person and Hamoodi was released from 45 days of detention and not charged with any crime. Hamoodi later said he provided names of supposed insurgents to West for fear of his life. West threatened to kill Hamoodi several times.
West, in the course of interrogating Hamoodi, fired his 9mm side arm next to Hamoodi's head after having dunked the Iraqi's head into a barrel of sand. Hamoodi had previously been beaten and kicked by West's men of the 2nd Battalion of the 20th Field Regiment. A hearing officer dismissed criminal charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice against West. However, West resigned from the Army, was fined a meager $5000, and was permitted to keep his military pension and retirement benefits. West then caught the eye of the Florida GOP, which successfully ran him for the House this past year.
WMR has been told by a senior military source who served in Iraq that West was given special treatment by his commanding officer, General Ray Odierno, who eventually became the top U.S. military commander in Iraq.
WMR has also been informed that West was exonerated from criminal charges by a joint agreement between Odierno, the then-Commander of the 4th Infantry Division; General David Petraeus, the commander of the 101st Airborne Division in 2003 and now top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan; and General Martin Dempsey, the commander of the 1st Armored Division (Mechanized). All three generals supported the activities of CIA interrogation centers in their sectors of responsibility in Iraq and all three were complicit in war crimes carried out by U.S. troops and Israeli "contractors" against Iraqi detainees. By protecting West, the three generals ensured that a wider investigation of detainee abuse in Iraq and in their own sectors would be halted.
Our source confirmed that the Republican Party is involved in high-level political activity with top U.S. military commanders, including Petraeus, a rumored 2012 GOP presidential candidate.
Representative-elect Allen West. Once again, fascism in the United States comes emblazoned with an American flag.....
West won his Florida 22nd Congressional District seat with Tea Party support, including a boost from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The GOP has appointed West to the House Armed Services Committee. West has publicly defended U.S. military personnel convicted of war crimes and he has signaled his willingness to "censor" the media over the CIA/Wikileaks affair.... On a radio show, West called for censoring the media but later said he was misunderstood and that he really said the media should be "censured." It is clear that West either does not know how to speak English or does not understand the difference between "censor" and "censure" and in any event, West said he used the word "censured" when, in fact, he used the word "censoring."