By Wayne Madsen
2 Nov. 2011
The United States government and military revels in death and pornographic
intimidation. The videos and photographs of howling Iraqis celebrating the hanging of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein after
his U.S.-administered kangaroo court trial in Iraq and the physical abuse, alleged sodomizing, and execution of Libya’s
Muammar Qaddafi by NATO-armed and directed rebels after his convoy in Sirte was reportedly struck by a U.S. drone-launched
missile, exemplify America’s fixation with pornographic death scenes...
The George Walker Bush and Barack Hussein
Obama administrations share a fascination for displaying the dead bodies of their vanquished enemies. For Bush, it was the
gruesome stone-slabbed corpses of Qusay and Uday Hussein, Saddam’s sons, after they were killed in a firefight with
U.S. troops in. That was followed by the body of Sadaam after his hanging in.
Of course, it did not suit President
Obama to broadcast a photograph of Osama Bin Laden, allegedly killed while resisting arrest in Abbotabad, Pakistan. In the
case of Bin Laden, there is a strong reason to believe that Osama’s body could not be shown because there was no body
of Osama. Whether an Osama Bin Laden look-a-like was killed or not may never be known, but what is certain is that the Obama
administration’s explanation for ”Osama’s” burial at sea from a U.S. aircraft carrier appears dubious.
was also the curious designation of the operation to kill Bin Laden as “Geronimo.” President Obama, Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates were in the White House Situation Room when they heard the news
from the strike team: “We’ve ID’d Geronimo,” followed by “Geronimo EKIA” or “Geronimo
enemy killed in action.”
There was outrage among Native Americans over the designation of Bin Laden as Geronimo.
But the code name has its own ghastly history. In 1918, in another macabre display of ghoulishness by America’s political
elite, Prescott Bush, the future U.S. senator and father and grandfather of two future presidents, allegedly dug up the grave
of the famed Apache leader Geronimo and stole his skull and some bones. The remains are said to be among the prized possession
of Yale’s elite and secretive Skull and Bones society, along with the skull of former President Martin van Buren, the
only president of the United States who was not in the blood line, close or distant, of the British royal family.
Qaddafi’s body, along with those of his son, Mo’tassim, and the former Libyan army commander, Abu Bakr Yunis,
rotted in a meat freezer in Misrata – for the whole world to see -- more details emerged about Qaddafi’s last
hours in Sirte. On October 19, at around 8:00 am in Sirte, a convoy of 70 vehicles departed the heavily-bombed out city, heading
west. There were also Twitter messages coming out of Sirte reporting that several white flags of surrender were seen in the
city at day break. However, a CIA Predator drone tracking the convoy passed its coordinates on to NATO. French and other NATO
jets pounded the convoy, incinerating many of the drivers and passengers. Many of those killed were black Libyans. There are
now reports of mass graves in Sirte containing the bodies of scores of Qaddafi supporters and fellow tribal members.
have been some reports that a truce and a surrender by Qaddafi and his forces was worked out between some rebel leaders and
Qaddafi’s entourage through the auspices of the Qaddadfa (the tribe to which Qaddafi belonged) tribal leaders in Sirte.
After the convoy was on the highway heading west, with reported white flags from some of the vehicles, the motorcade, which
was not engaging in fire with rebel or NATO forces, was set upon by NATO forces. Witnesses to the surrender and/or safe passage
negotiations will be hard to come by, since one of those murdered in his home in Sirte by Libyan rebels was reportedly the
chief of the Qaddadfa tribe who was part of the negotiations for surrender and safe passage.
Reports that Qaddafi and
his group were trying to make a dash through the offensive lines around Sirte make no sense since the convoy left after sun
up and in broad daylight, when white flags could clearly be seen by the belligerents, and the Twitter messages out of Sirte
indicated that rebels, pro-Qaddafi forces, and neutral observers could all see the white flags. If Qaddafi wanted to make
a break for it, he would have done so at night with headlights out.
One of the last things Qaddafi is heard asking
his captors is “Do you know right from wrong?” If the rebels or NATO reneged on a promise of safe passage and
ignored the universally-recognized white flag signifying truce and surrender, it would constitute a gross violation of the
Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, and would, therefore, be a war crime. Under the conventions, the white flag is protected
as a sign that an approaching party intends to surrender or negotiate the terms of surrender. Those displaying a white flag
may not fire or be fired upon.
If NATO and the rebels violated the white flag in Sirte, it would represent one of the
first major violations of a practice that began with the Eastern Han dynasty in China in the year 25, and was recognized by
the Roman Empire, armies during the Middle Ages, and every major and minor nation since. A violation by NATO of the flag of
truce would represent a flagrant return to barbarism by the “collective defensive” organization.
Clinton reacted to news of Qaddafi’s death by chortling like a school girl. Preparing for an interview with CBS News,
Clinton, who had just paid a visit to Libya, joked, “We came, we saw, he died.” Other NATO leaders, including
Obama, David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who all self-identify
themselves as Christians, expressed relief and joy at the news of Qaddafi’s death, a very “un-Christian”
The brutal treatment of Qaddafi and his forces matches the treatment meted out by American forces to detainees
in Iraq, including the pornographic abuse of prisoners, including minors, at Abu Ghraib and other prisons. In the report by
U.S. Army General Antonio Taguba, there are instances of U.S. guards forcing male and female prisoners into naked and explicit
positions, including human piles, and taking photographs and video shots, forcing male prisoners to wear women’s underwear,
forcing male prisoners to masturbate while being photographed and videotaped, and sodomizing detainees with broom sticks and
chemical lights. One prisoner murdered by U.S. forces, Manadel al-Jamadi, was kept on ice to prevent decomposition and spirited
away from investigators to cover up his suffocation by U.S. prison guards.
The abuse at Abu Ghraib continues to have
ramifications and has resulted in a lawsuit in California, Ford v. CAARNG (California Army Reserve National Guard). The suit
charges that “retired Sergeant Frank G. Ford who, in 2003, was assigned to Iraq with the 223 Military Intelligence Unit
under the 205 Military Intelligence Brigade as a Counter Intelligence Agent and Medic, was strapped to a gurney against his
will and kidnapped. He was then sent from a war zone [Iraq] to Germany . . . because he reported the torture going on at Abu
Ghraib prison as well as the death by torture of a prisoner while in custody.” The suit also alleges that “Ford
cared for and treated, as an onsite medic, numerous victims of torture.”
A video currently circulating of a Libyan
rebel sodomizing Qaddafi with what appears to be a rifle barrel brings back the scenes of the U.S. house of horrors at Abu
Ghraib. Obama’s decision to become judge, jury, and executioner in the death sentences (“targeted killings”)
carried out by a CIA drone flying over Yemen on September 30, on U.S. citizens Anwar al Awalaki (a former Islamic confidante
of the Pentagon), and Samir Khan, and an additional October 14 drone strike in Yemen that killed Awlaki’s teenage son,
Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, also a U.S. citizen, reinforces a growing belief that Obama lords over a voodoo-like death cult that
has taken over U.S. military and foreign policy.
By word and action, the U.S. military and its NATO underlings have
discarded thousands of years of chivalric military tradition, common practices, and law against a backdrop of ghoulish and