The prisoner spent 97 days confined in the same American military prison that once held Saddam Hussein. He was bombarded with ear-splitting “head-banging” music day in and day out, and his interrogators kept shouting the same questions to him over and over. He and his assistant were also subject to physical treatment “reserved for terrorists and so-called enemy combatants.”
Sometimes these extreme methods are necessary. Sometimes you’ve just gotta do what you gotta do. Decent righteous Americans should constantly be asking themselves: “What Would Jack Bauer Do.”
The above-mentioned prisoners didn’t fly an airliner into the World Trade Center, but it’s almost as bad. They squealed
on some of the sleazy merchants making illegal arms sales in Iraq. What kind of latte-sipping treehugger would do a thing like that?? Without massive corruption, sleazoid contractors and illegal arms sales, Iraqmire wouldn’t be what it is today. What the hell are these troublemakers complaining about?
Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel went to the FBI to report illegal sales of guns, land mines and rocket launchers — no receipts necessary. These weapons were sold to State Department employees, Iraqi government workers, Iraqi insurgents — whoever; it didn’t matter. The seller was Donald Vance’s employer, Shield Group Security Co. Vance said “It was a Wal-Mart for guns. It was all illegal and everyone knew it.”
Vance didn’t think he could trust anyone in Iraq so he went to an FBI agent in Chicago and supplied him with photos and documentation. And look at what he got for his trouble.
William Weaver, senior advisor to the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, said: “Reconstruction is so rife with corruption. Sometimes people ask me, ‘Should I do this?’ And my answer is no. If they’re married, they’ll lose their family. They will lose their jobs. They will lose everything…If you do it, you will be destroyed.”
Beth Daley of the Project on Government Oversight, said: “The only way we can find out what is going on is for someone to come forward and let us know. But when they do, the weight of the government comes down on them. The message is, ’Don’t blow the whistle or we’ll make your life hell.’ It’s heartbreaking. There is an even greater need for whistleblowers now. But they are made into public martyrs. It’s a disgrace. Their lives get ruined.”
So there you have it. There's a lot of slippery illegal activity going on in Iraq, paid for with your tax dollars. But you'll keep your F#!$&#!## mouth shut if you know what's good for you.
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