[lit-ideas] House of Horrors

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 06:10:39 EST

This is today's post from Riverbend, the gal in  Baghdad.  I don't understand 
what the Iraqis are doing, why this is going  on... but the line re. crying 
"fire" instead of "rape" in NY, equating to crying  "terrorist cell" in Iraq, 
is, well.......  interesting.  If anyone  cares to enlighten me re. why the 
Iraqis are torturing their own, I would  certainly be interested.
Julie Krueger
<<Friday, November 18, 2005

House of Horrors...

_The talk of the town is the torture house they recently found in  Jadriya.
_ (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051115/ts_nm/iraq_abuse_dc_1) 
The whole world heard about the one in Jadriya, recently  raided by the 
Americans. Jadriya was once one of the best areas in Baghdad. It's  an area on 
river and is special in that it's greener, and cleaner, than most  areas. 
Baghdads largest university, Baghdad University, is located in Jadriya  (with a 
campus in another area). Jadriya had some of the best shops and  restaurants- 
not to mention some of Baghdad's most elegant homes...? and  apparently, now, a 
torture house.

We hear constantly about these torture  dungeons. Right after the war, 
certain areas became infamous for them. The world  knows them as 'torture 
for the obvious reasons- they were once ordinary  homes, and now they've become 
torture centers for suspects and innocents alike.  The Iraqi government 
conveniently calls them 'detention centers' and the Iraqi  Ministry of Interior 
oversees and funds them.

One area which was  well-known for its torture houses immediately after the 
war was Sadir City in  Baghdad. Except they weren't called torture houses back 
then. The people who ran  them called them 'ma7akim' or 'courts'. They would 
bring 'suspects' in for  interrogation- often ordinary citizens- and beat and 
whip them for various  confessions involving accusations and alleged crimes. A 
'Sayid' would then come  in and sentence the culprit- the sentence would 
sometimes involve cutting off a  hand or a foot and at other times it might be 
death. We heard this from an aunts  neighbor who was mistakenly taken in and 
beaten as a suspected former security  agent. His family connections with 
influential Shia clerics in the area were the  only things that got him out 
bruised and broken- but alive.

These  torture houses have existed since the beginning of the occupation. 
While it is  generally known that SCIRI is behind them, other religious parties 
are not  innocent. The Americans know they exist- why the sudden shock and 
outrage? This  is hardly news for Americans in the Green Zone. The timing is 
interesting-  it shouldn't matter that this raid came immediately after the 
whole white  phosphorous story came out, but the Pentagon and American military 
have proven  to be the ultimate masters of diversion.

Only last year in an area called  Ghazaliya, one such house was discovered. 
It was on a smaller scale though. My  cousin lives in Ghazaliya and he said 
that when the Americans got inside, they  found several corpses and a man 
from the ceiling on a makeshift noose.  The neighbors had tried to get the 
Americans to check the house for months- no  one bothered. They finally raided 
it because they got information from someone  in the area that it was an 
insurgents hiding place. I read once that in New  York, if a woman is being 
she should scream 'fire' instead of 'rape'  because no one would come to save 
her if she was screaming 'rape'. That's the  way it is with Iraqi torture 
houses- the only way they'll check it is if you  tell them it's a terrorist 

And another thing- you know when they  say 'men dressed in Ministry of 
Interior uniforms' or 'men in official cars  claiming to be from the Ministry 
Interior', etc. when describing some horror  committed by the new Iraqi 
forces in the news? Here's a thought: they  aren't 'claiming' and they aren't 
in costume- they actually ARE from the  Ministry of Interior! One would think 
they'd do this covertly so as not to  enrage Iraqis or humanitarian 
organisations, except that it doesn't matter to  them because SCIRI and Da'awa 
out to win hearts and minds. They have  American favor- what more does one need 
in the New Iraq?

For over a year  corpses have been turning up all over Baghdad. Corpses of 
people who are taken  from their homes in the middle of the night (lately 
they've been more brazen-  they just do everything in the light of day), and 
turn up 
dead somewhere. That  isn't as disturbing as the reports about the bodies- 
the one I can't get out of  my head is that many of the corpses are found with 
holes in the skull left by an  electric drill.

I guess the lucky ones go to Abu Ghraib...?

And  it's not only 'suspected insurgents' who disappear- Iraqi security 
forces have  been known to raid complete areas and detain any males from the 
of 12 to  60- especially in Sunni areas. Those 'suspected terrorists' that are 
rounded up  and taken away- you know where they disappear to now.

Interior Minister  Bayan Jabr (SCIRI 
Thug-Made-Government-Official-In-Italian-Suits) is mollifying  Iraqis with this 
little gem,

_...the group included Shiites as well as Sunnis...?_ 

I'm  sure we can all sleep better at night with the knowledge that 
SCIRI/Da'awa  torturers don't discriminate according to religious sect- under 
the new  
constitution, American military guidance, and the blessings of the Pentagon- 
all  Iraqis will be tortured equally.>>

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