CIA Sponsored Terrorism: The Scorpions

Friday, August 05, 2005

We are in a global war on terrorism according to Bush, but what do we do when it is the United States that is supporting/creating terrorist groups? A recent Washington Post article reveals the creation of an Iraqi terrorist group code-named the Scorpions.

The group, made up mostly of former exiles recruited by the Kurds, were authorized by a presidential finding signed by Bush in February or March 2002 according to the article. It is reported that the CIA spent millions of dollars training and equipping the Scorpions for prewar missions of "sowing confusion". It turns out the CIA did not use the Scorpions for pre-war and instead started using the armed group of thugs in the interrogation process. According to Curtis E. Ryan, an Army investigator: "At some point, and it's not really clear how this happened, they (Scorpions) started being used in interrogations...because they spoke the local dialect."

It is here that the story really starts to reveal itself. The Scorpions were used by the military to interrogate non-compliant detainees. Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush was detained after showing up at a base named "Tiger" in Qaim on November 10, 2003. First reports from the military were that he had been detained in a raid, and so the lies begin. According to a Washington Post article regarding the murder charges of two Army soldiers with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Carson, Colorado, Mr. Mowhoush died in military custody November 26, 2003. What happened to Mr. Mowhoush in the 16 days of his detention illustrates the hypocrisy of this administration regarding terrorism and freedom.

Mr. Mowhoush was found dead in a sleeping-bag, wrapped in electrical cord. The official death certificate listed the cause of death as "asphyxia due to smothering and chest compression." A December 2. 2003 autopsy revealed contusions and abrasions covering Mr. Mowhoush's body along with six fractured ribs. In an interesting twist, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology's autopsy examination report regarding Mr. Mowhoush had this to say about his death: "This Iraqi [redacted] died while in U.S. custody. The details surrounding the circumstances at the time of death are classified." What was the government trying to hide?

The propaganda machine started to spin hours after Mr. Mowhoush's death. The U.S. military issued a news release claiming the detainee had died of natural causes after complaining of feeling sick. Clearly, the government and namely the CIA were trying to cover up the death of Mr. Mowhoush at this point, but why? On the day of November 21, 2003, Mr. Mowhoush was moved from Qaim to a detention facility in the Iraqi desert. It is here that he encountered the Scorpions, which led to the CIA cover-up of his death.

In the Washington Post article mentioned earlier, one Army soldier tells talks about the use of the Scorpions in interrogation processes:

"Detainees knew that if they went to those people, bad things would happen, it
was used as a motivator to get them to talk. They didn't want to go with the
masked men." Army Special Agent Curtis Ryan testified in court: "Soon after
Mowhoush's detention began, soldiers in charge of him reached a collective
decision that they would try using the [redacted] who would, you know, obviously
spoke the local, native Iraqi Arabic as a means of trying to shake Mowhoush up,
and that the other thing that they were going to try to do was put a bunch of
people in the room, a tactic that Mr. [redacted] called 'fear up' "

Mr. Mowhoush was interrogated by the Scorpions on November 24, 2003. He was then punched and beaten with a hose according to investigative records quoted in the Washington Post. It was also reported that Mr. Mowhoush had to be carried back to his cell by Army guards after his interrogation. On November 26, 2003 he was taken to an interrogation room and questioned for roughly 30 minutes. After a 15-minute break, Chief Warrant Officer Lewis E. Welshofer Jr. and Spec. Jerry L. Loper decided to put Mr. Mowhoush into a sleeping bag and tie him up in electrical cord in order to induce claustrophobia and "crack" the prisoner. Reports show that Mr. Mowhoush died at 9:06 a.m. that day.

What does the military have to say about the death? Col. David A. Teeples declared in court: "My thought was that the death of Mowhoush was brought about by [redacted] and then it was unfortunate and accidental, what had happened under an interrogation by our people." While the practice of "stuffing" a human being into a sleeping back to psychologically torture him completely unacceptable to most, it is apparently approved by the U.S. government. The real story here, however, is the CIA's creation and implementation of a terrorist group called the Scorpions.

Who knows how many people this group has tortured and/or murdered. The actions of the CIA since the death of Mr. Mowhoush indicates it is worse than can be imagined. This is the freedom we have brought to Iraq: CIA directed bands of armed thugs who beat and murder illegally detained persons of Iraq. Is this practice of creating a group that terrorizes the people of a country not terrorism? More is bound to come from this trial; the layers of lies and wrongdoings will come to the surface. Once again, the administration proves the old adage: do as I say, not as I do.


Jon Blaze said...

Good stuff! Don't know where else I could read this. Very interesting.

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