Monday, March 27, 2006

[politics] Do you ever feel as if...

...you're living in a "Mommy, mommy" joke? Mommy, mommy, why am I running in circles?
Victims described how they were beaten with canes,whips, hosepipes and metal rods, and how other victims were forced to watch as their family members were tortured in front of them. In a report dated February 11[, 2003], Amnesty [International] said other methods of physical torture de-scribed by victims include the use of falaqa (beating on the soles of the feet), extinguishing of cigarettes on various parts of the body, extraction of fingernails and toenails and piercing of the hands with an electric drill. -- The Sunday Business Post (Ireland), 23 March 2003, "Gruesome details emerge of Iraqi torture methods"
Shut up kid...
A little lower are a series of horizontal welts, wrapping around his body and breaking the skin as they turn around his chest, as if he had been beaten with something flexible, perhaps a cable. There are other injuries: a broken nose and smaller wounds that look like cigarette burns. An arm appears to have been broken and one of the higher vertebrae is pushed inwards. There is a cluster of small, neat circular wounds on both sides of his left knee. At some stage an-Ni'ami seems to have been efficiently knee-capped. It was not done with a gun - the exit wounds are identical in size to the entry wounds, which would not happen with a bullet. Instead it appears to have been done with something like a drill. -- The Observer/Guardian (UK), 3 July 2005, "Revealed: grim world of new Iraqi torture camps"
...or I'll nail your other foot to the floor.
THERE was no sign of danger as Mohammed Sammarai arrived at his brother Mustafa’s home for lunch last week, no hint that this would be their last meal together. It was not until after they had been joined by their old friend Ali Ahmad that they heard a commotion outside and realised something was wrong. Even then, the three men — all government employees, all Sunnis — had no inkling of the terrifying events that were about to overwhelm them. [...] “I walked home barefoot in a terrible state,” [Ahmad] said. “I could not call any official to report this. How could I when they were involved?” Two days later he found his friends’ bodies in the city’s Teb al-Adli mortuary. Mustafa’s right eye had been gouged out and his right leg broken. Other parts of his body appeared to have been penetrated by an electric drill, an increasingly common tool of torture in Iraq. Mohammed’s body bore similar injuries. Both men had been shot in the head. -- The Sunday Times Online (UK), 5 March 2006, "‘Driller killers’ spread a new horror in Iraq"
Yeah. I didn't think it was funny either.

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