US War Crimes: Torture, Killing, Children Shot
by UK INDEPENDENT
(October 24, 2010) The largest leak in history reveals the true extent of the bloodshed unleashed by the decision to go to war in Iraq and adds at least 15,000 to its death toll
So now we begin to know the full extent of what Tony Blair called the blood price.
A detainee tortured with live electrical wires here, children shot by US troops at a checkpoint there, insurgents using children to carry out suicide bombings somewhere else; on and on, through 391,832 documents.
At the Pentagon, these messages were the day-to-day commonplaces of staff inboxes; for Iraqis, they detail, in the emotionless jargon of the US military, nothing less than the hacking open of a nation's veins.
Today, seven and a half years on from the order to invade, the largest leak in history has shown, far more than has been hitherto known, just what was unleashed by that declaration of war.
The Iraqi security services tortured hundreds, and the US military watched, noted and emailed, but rarely intervened.