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17. januar 2012

Monopolet Google giver følgende resultat, og mange flere end vist her, når man taster “Fogh brød løfte om Irak-tortur” ind i søgefeltet:

Hvor er vores journalister når historier som denne bliver gravet frem? Det sker jo så sjældent i disse krigstider. Er der virkelig ingen skribenter, som føler sig kaldet til at undersøge nærmere og skrive sine egne artikler – i stedet for bare at kopiere Ritzaus metervare?

Mens danske reportere hænger på Facebook eller holder mikrofonen for magthaverne, så kan vi læse denne artikel fra Truthout om dansk medvirken til krigsforbrydelser, ledt an af Anders Fogh Rasmussen og Per Stig Møller. Regeringen dækkede over sine løgne, de samlede danske medier dækkede over regeringen – og vi jublede hele vejen ned til fladskærmsbutikken, glade og uvidende.

Truthout om Jeffrey Kaye: psykolog,  bor i det nordlige Californien, skriver om tortur og andre emner for Truthout, The Public Record og Firedoglake. Han har også en personlig blog, Invictus.

Iraqi Torture Scandal Touches Highest Levels of NATO

Thursday 5 January 2012 by Jeffrey Kaye

A scandal unfolding in Denmark over the transfer of Iraqi prisoners by Danish forces to Iraq authorities, even as they knew they would be tortured, threatens to implicate the current Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, formerly prime minister of Denmark from 2001-2009.

The defense ministry in the government of former Prime Minister Rasmussen is charged with withholding its knowledge of Iraqi torture from legislators when a copy of a 2004 inspection at Al Makil prison in Basra was sent to Parliament.

According to an article last month in the Danish paper Politiken, portions of the report describing prisoner abuse were “blacked out,” with the reason given that such “information could harm Danish-Iraq cooperation.”

Yet, three months before the prison inspection, in May 2004, during a debate in the Danish Parliament concerning Iraqi prisoners, according to the paper Dagbladet Information (English translation here), then-Prime Minister Rasmussen said the government would “disclose information about torture, if the government becomes aware that it occurs.” But evidently, this did not occur.

According to The Copenhagen Post, a Danish English-language daily, the July 2004 investigation by Danish Army legal adviser Maj. Kurt Borgkvist revealed that “prisoners in Iraqi prisons had been burned with cigarettes, had their molars crushed and been beaten around their genitals. Some were even missing fingers, Borgkvist reported.” The resulting report included photographic evidence, which has been described as “Abu Ghraib-lignende” (“Abu Ghraib-like”) by the previous Danish defense minister.

Rasmussen, leader of Denmark’s Liberal Party, resigned as prime minister in April 2009 in order to accept a position as NATO’s secretary general. Most recently, he was an outspoken supporter of NATO’s military support to the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya. Last November, the Liberal Party and its coalition partners lost power for the first time in almost a decade, losing to a coalition led by the Social Democrats. Rasmussen was also a key supporter of the US campaign to go to war in Iraq in 2003, ironically citing in a UN address Iraqi violations of international anti-torture treaties.

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