Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Taking the fun out of Police Raids in Iraq

Damn, they're taking all of the fun out of busting some "insurgent." No more kicking down the front door at 3 am, then tossing in a stun grenade and firing off a clip from an assault rifle into the home.

Oops, got my Gestapo Squads mixed up. That's what happens in the land of the free, America, but is being taught to Iraqi's.

Justice, American style, that has been exported to Iraq. American "Goon Squad" tactics will be shown to the Iraqi's, to get around those cumbersome civil rights thingies.

The Iraqi stooges that have been bought out and corrupted by American money will have to learn to carry around what American police are fond of using, a "throw-away" weapon. That way, if the police accidentally break into the wrong home and accidentally kill someone, they can toss the throw-away near the recently deceased to show the press and public that the murdered victim was armed and dangerous.

Damn rules. How in the hell do they expect the police to uphold the law if they have to follow rules?

New Rules in Iraq Add Police Work to Troops’ Jobs

BAGHDAD — In late November, around the time the security agreement between the American and Iraqi governments was ratified, an order came down to Company C at its Sadr City outpost.

In accordance with the agreement’s new rules on searches and detentions, troops from Company C of the First Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, were to begin operating under a policy called “warrant-based targeting.”

Up to that time, First Lt. Jamen K. Miller’s platoon had been the most prolific in the company when it came to arrests, seizing more than half of those captured in the past seven months. But he soon found himself explaining to an Iraqi officer that, yes, a certain man his platoon had declined to arrest was a bad guy, but that nothing could be done yet without a warrant.

“The gears of the system,” Lieutenant Miller said of those first few days, “looked like they were coming to a halt.”

In many ways, Sadr City, the sprawling Shiite quarter in northeastern Baghdad, is on the front line of the recent security agreement. Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, American forces have relied heavily on mass arrests without charges of people suspected of being insurgents.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis were detained and some held for years, in a practice that Americans insisted was necessary but that was strongly condemned by human rights groups and Iraqis.

But starting Thursday, American soldiers will be required to secure arrest warrants, a change welcomed as an important step toward Iraqi sovereignty but one that also raises concerns that the longer and more complicated arrest process could jeopardize recent gains in safety here.


Framing the Issue of the American invasion of Iraq

Insurgents? They're patriots, fighting the army of occupation of America, which launched an illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq, based on hundreds of lies.

They're doing what any brave citizen who loves his country would do, taking up arms to throw out the invaders.

Freedom fighters for Iraq, not insurgents.

Still, insurgents are taking cover in the vast slums of Sadr City and the holdouts are being tracked down, one by one, though it is not entirely certain how all of this will work in the new year.

“It’s all being defined as we go,” said Maj. Rich Ramsey, who works on a task force that is addressing some of the changes with the Third Brigade Combat Team, Fourth Infantry Division, in Baghdad.

After years of quick-response raids, American troops are having to adjust to gumshoe work, which involves lots of conversations with civilians about who has done what in the neighborhood. Though a judge makes the decision on what is needed for a warrant, it typically requires at least two sworn statements by witnesses to a crime, American officers said.

Many of these witnesses will have to testify before Iraqi investigators, judges or members of the security forces, depending on a trust that has been violated countless times in the past, often violently.

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