Al Qaeda Haditha Scam & Media Accomplice

It now appears the whole situation in Haditha was a setup by Al Qaeda operatives, with the intent of disgracing American Soldiers.

As Helms points out, the Media is the Enemy. They fell right into the trap that Al Qaeda set.

And still no apology from the second most dangerous enemy to our Marines, John Murtha… Come on John, what are you waiting for…

Al Qaeda in Haditha: The battle the media ignored

by Nathaniel R. Helms

 

October 6, 2007Buried in the mountain of exhibits attached to the once secret Haditha, Iraq murder inquiry prepared by US Army Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell is an obscure Marine Corps intelligence summary (see pdf) that says the deadly encounter was an intentional propaganda ploy planned and paid for by Al Qaeda foreign fighters. 

Veteran military defense attorney Gary Meyers said he never understood why the Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agents leading the Haditha criminal investigation didn’t “examine the linkage” between Al Qaeda, the local insurgency and the events at Haditha. Meyers was an attorney on the defense team that successfully defended Justin Sharratt, a Marine infantryman accused of multiple murders at Haditha.

The report – apparently overlooked by a Washington press corps awash in leaked Bargewell documents and secret Naval Criminal Investigative Service reports – shows that Marine Corps intelligence operatives were advised of the scheme to demonize the Marines by an informant named Muhannad Hassan Hamadi. The informant was snared by 3/1 Marines on December 11 2005 and decided to cooperate.

Planning a “massacre”

The attack was carried out by multiple cells of local Wahabi extremists and well-paid local gunmen from Al Asa’ib al-Iraq [the Clans of the People of Iraq] that were led by Al Qaeda foreign fighters, the summary claims. Their case was bolstered by Marine signal intercepts revealing that the al Qaeda fighters planned to videotape the attacks and exploit the resulting carnage for propaganda purposes.

Eleven insurgents involved in the attack are identified by name and affiliation in the details of the summary. All of them were killed or captured in the days immediately following the Haditha incident.

During the November Haditha battle, the insurgents secreted themselves among local civilians to guarantee pursuing Marines would catch innocent civilians in the ensuing crossfire. On January 6, 2006 six insurgents who tried to do the same thing at another location in Haditha were turned in to Coalition authorities before they could mount a similar assault, the report says.

On January 18, 2006, almost two months after the infamous Haditha attack, Iraqi insurgents identified as Talal Abdullah Yusif and Omar Ramsey “planned to attack a dismounted C[oalition] F[orces] patrol” along with four brothers named Khalif Muhammad Hassan.

It wasn’t coincidental that brother Sa’ib Khalif Muhammad Hassan lived next to an Al Qaeda “safe house” destroyed on November 19 by Marine jets. Sa‘ib had rented the house to the foreign fighters. That attack was stopped by local Iraqis and Sa’ib Hassan was arrested, the report says. 

The summary also details the Marines finding three dead bodies near the Sub Hani Mosque after the November 19 fight was over. The dead men are described as “military-aged males” wearing “chest rigs.” Two of the decedents were “missing parts of lower torso.” The authors opined the victims were foreign fighters killed in one of the Marine bombings during the day-long combat.

Our media, the enemy within

The prosecutors in the case against eight Marines charged with murder and cover up at Haditha still maintain the besieged infantrymen acted solely out of malice and poor judgment when they killed 24 Iraqis there. The prosecution’s investigation was launched after a story by Time magazine reporter Tim McGirk on March 6, 2006 accused the Marines of cold blooded murder in retaliation for the death of a brother Marine. 

McGirk received his video “evidence” and contacts from two known Iraqi insurgent operatives already under observation by Marine Corps counter intelligence teams. One of the Iraqi witnesses McGirk relied on had just been released from almost six months captivity for insurgent activities and the other witness was considered a useful intelligence tool by Marines listening to him talk on his cell phone. McGirk never interviewed the Marines, who ironically had prepared a similar intelligence summary in anticipation of his canceled visit.

Captured insurgents revealed plan to detonate IEDs

The summary – labeled “Bargewell Discovery” pages “001083” thru “001108” –- was prepared by 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines using UAV images, statements obtained from the informants, and intelligence gleaned from captured insurgents to explain what happened. The information was detailed in 13 Draft Intelligence Information Reports (DIIR) from a Marine Humint Exploitation Team (HET) operating in the area.

The captured insurgents revealed the attack was planned in Albu Hyatt, a nearby town where numerous Marines have been killed and wounded since the beginning of the war. The two main elements of the attack were the IED-initiated ambush on Route Chestnut and two IED ambushes planned along the so-called River Road that parallels the Euphrates River about 1.5 kilometers north of the Chestnut location.

The prisoners claimed the multi-pronged assault on the Marines was intended to garner local support by discrediting the Marines among the civilian population. If the coordinated attack had gone off as planned all three IED ambushes would have been sprung on the patrolling Marines almost simultaneously, the prisoners said. The insurgents plan depended on the Marines aggressively responding to the assaults to create as much carnage as possible.

Marine patrolling along the River Road spotted two of the IEDs in time to avoid the danger. Marine Explosive Ordinance Demolition teams sent to disarm the devices were then ambushed by insurgents using small arms and rocket propelled grenades.

A US Air Force Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicles orbiting the area subsequently launched a Hellfire missile attack on fleeing insurgents running through the palm grove. Other insurgents were tracked for more than four hours as they moved from house to house trying to escape the battlefield.

All of the intelligence data generated by the UAVs – including the mission reports, video, and internet messages between the UAV operators, 3/1, Regimental Combat Team 2, and Multi-National Force headquarters in Baghdad – was later seized by NCIS special agents. A Marine who was there said the NCIS agents told the UAV operators on duty at VMU-2 (the Scan Eagle squadron operating the aircraft over Haditha) that they would be interrogated as well, but it never happened, the operator said.

More than a year after the coordinated attack eight Marines from Kilo Company, 3/1 were charged with multiple murder and covering up the incident.  Four Marines have subsequently been cleared on any wrongdoing and four more are still awaiting their fates.   

“Anyone who tries to compare this event to My Lai is an absolute fool.”

Almost four decades ago Meyers successfully defended a soldier accused of murder at My Lai, South Vietnam while he was a captain in the US Army JAG Corps. After Tim McGirk wrote his specious report claiming a squad of Marines massacred 24 civilians at Haditha the world press immediately compared the incident to the massacre at My Lai. The unwarranted comparisons still anger Meyers.

“From our perspective – from a legal perspective – we knew it was a kinetic event,” said Meyers. “We knew enough to present to the IO (Investigating Officer) that this was not an isolated event; that the entire city was in a kinetic state that day. Anyone who tries to compare this event to My Lai is an absolute fool.”

The 13 DIIRs were prepared by members of a Humint Exploitation Team identified as HET03. Marine HET units investigate and record local intelligence-worthy activities for interpretation and consumption by Intel officers trying to understand the enemy’s Tactics, Techniques & Procedures (TTP) as well as divine their intentions.

One of the DIIRs names five other insurgents involved in setting up the IED that killed LCpl Miguel “T.J.” Terrazas. One of their number, Majid Salah Mahdi Farraji, was killed when Marine Corps F-18s bombed the so-called “safe house” were the battle migrated to after the initial IED ambush decimated Wuterich’s squad.

 

Nathaniel R. Helms
Defend Our Marines
 

Michelle Malkin has a bit more to add

You won’t hear about this from John Murtha, but you’ll read it first on the Internet. Nathaniel Helms at Defend our Marines has an exclusive report on the battle in Haditha that the media ignored:

Buried in the mountain of exhibits attached to the once secret Haditha, Iraq murder inquiry prepared by US Army Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell is an obscure Marine Corps intelligence summary (see pdf) that says the deadly encounter was an intentional propaganda ploy planned and paid for by Al Qaeda foreign fighters.

Veteran military defense attorney Gary Meyers said he never understood why the Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agents leading the Haditha criminal investigation didn’t “examine the linkage” between Al Qaeda, the local insurgency and the events at Haditha. Meyers was an attorney on the defense team that successfully defended Justin Sharratt, a Marine infantryman accused of multiple murders at Haditha.

The report – apparently overlooked by a Washington press corps awash in leaked Bargewell documents and secret Naval Criminal Investigative Service reports – shows that Marine Corps intelligence operatives were advised of the scheme to demonize the Marines by an informant named Muhannad Hassan Hamadi. The informant was snared by 3/1 Marines on December 11 2005 and decided to cooperate.

Helms reports that the attack was carried out by “multiple cells of local Wahabi extremists and well-paid local gunmen from Al Asa’ib al-Iraq [the Clans of the People of Iraq] that were led by Al Qaeda foreign fighters, the summary claims. Their case was bolstered by Marine signal intercepts revealing that the al Qaeda fighters planned to videotape the attacks and exploit the resulting carnage for propaganda purposes. Eleven insurgents involved in the attack are identified by name and affiliation in the details of the summary. All of them were killed or captured in the days immediately following the Haditha incident.”

Helms’ reporting is a damning indictment of the American media as propaganda tools and fools.

Read the whole thing.

Make sure to fax a copy to John Murtha:

814-539-6229 — District
202-225-5709 — Washington

And, of course, don’t look for the NYTimes to put this on the front page.

They are, as Jim Hoft so brilliantly put it this weekend, still grieving the loss of their “defining atrocity.”

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Another Convict For the Clinton Camp

The Clinton camp has Sandy Berger advising… Remember Sandy, the classified document thief in an attempt to cover up Clinton’s role/lack there of, in 9/11…

Here is a guy that lied to investigators and stole classified documents…

What would possess Hillary to want him on her team? Then again look at the whole fundraising criminal debacle the Clinton camp set itself up in.

Wonder if he will get pardon if Hillary is elected…

WASHINGTON (Map, News) – Sandy Berger, who stole highly classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, destroyed them and lied to investigators, is now an adviser to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Berger, who was fired from John Kerry’s presidential campaign when the scandal broke in 2004, has assumed a similar role in Clinton’s campaign, even though his security clearance has been suspended until September 2008. This is raising eyebrows even among Clinton’s admirers. “It shows poor judgment and a lack of regard for Berger’s serious misdeeds,” said law professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University, who nonetheless called Clinton “by far the most impressive candidate in the Democratic field.”

Adler told The Examiner that it is “simply incomprehensible to me that a serious contender for the presidency would rely upon him as a key foreign policy advisor.”

He added: “If Senator Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, at some point she will begin to receive national security briefings that will include sensitive information. At such a point, continuing to keep Berger on board as a key advisor, where he might have access to sensitive material, would be beyond incomprehensible.”

The Clinton campaign declined to comment.

Berger has admitted stealing documents from the National Archives in advance of the 9/11 Commission hearings in 2003. The documents, written by White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, were a “tough review” of the Clinton administration’s shortcomings in dealing with terrorism, Clarke’s lawyer told the Washington Post.

On several occasions, Berger stuffed highly classified documents into his pants and socks before spiriting them out of the Archives building in Washington, according to investigators. On one occasion, upon reaching the street, he hid documents under a construction trailer after checking the windows of the Archives and Justice Department buildings to make sure he was not being watched.

Berger came back later and retrieved the documents, taking them home and cutting them up with scissors. Two days later, he was informed by Archive employees that his removal of documents had been detected.

“Berger panicked because he realized he was caught,” said a report by the National Archives inspector general, which also recounted his initial reaction. “Berger lied.”

Berger also lied to the public, telling reporters he made an “honest mistake” by “inadvertently” taking the documents, which he blamed on his own “sloppiness.” Bill Clinton vouched for the explanation for Berger, who served as his national security adviser.

Berger later conceded: “I was giving a benign explanation for what was not benign.”

The Justice Department initially said Berger stole only copies of classified documents and not originals. But the House Government Reform Committee later revealed that an unsupervised Berger had been given access to classified files of original, uncopied, uninventoried documents on terrorism. Several Archives officials acknowledged that Berger could have stolen any number of items and they “would never know what, if any, original documents were missing.”

At his sentencing in September 2005, Berger was fined $50,000, placed on probation for two years and stripped of his security clearance for three years.

Interogation Suppers at the Daily Kos

The Daily Kill Our Soldiers KOS has posted  a nice spin piece on Interogation Techniques used after WWII…

Comparing post war interogations, with the only intentions is to prosecute versus interogation of active terrorists, in the attempt to prevent future attacks seems ludicrous to me at least.

As for torture, remember the left considers three square meals a day torture…

During the pensive and chaotic weeks and months between the end of World War II and the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials, the U.S. military and an elite, undisclosed team of Foreign Service officers set about interrogating Nazi prisoners, questioning thousands of German officers, scientists and submariners. For the decades that followed, none of the interrogators would speak of the methods used to extract information.

Until now.

At the time, and for decades after, the covert project fueled rampant rumours and grisly speculation about the precise techniques used to extract information from those Nazi prisoners. After keeping true to the military code and decorum of their generation, participants in those sessions decided to finally reveal the methods they used to extract the information at Fort Hunt, Virginia, information that would later be used to condemn the prisoners to various fates, ranging from time served to life imprisonment to hanging.

The impetus for their decision to speak out after all these years, about what they did; indeed, the very interrogation methods they used, may just surprise you.

To anyone living in the post-WWII era, the whole process to gather evidence of the myriad of war crimes committed by Hitler’s henchmen, was an enigma. As it turns out, that decades-long enigma was wrapped in paradoxical illusion.

About two-dozen WWII veterans gathered Friday on the banks of the Potomac, for the first time since the 1940s. The proud members of the “Greatest Generation” bantered back and forth, as old wartime-buddies do – reflecting wistfully the olden days when the world faced a threat like none other before it or after – recalling how they had all volunteered to work for the war crimes tribunals held in Nuremburg, Germany at war’s welcome end.

Saturday’s Washington Post has the untold story of the men ultimately providing the evidence to punish the perpetrators of the greatest threat the world has ever known.

When about two dozen veterans got together yesterday for the first time since the 1940s, many of the proud men lamented the chasm between the way they conducted interrogations during the war and the harsh measures used today in questioning terrorism suspects.

Back then, they and their commanders wrestled with the morality of bugging prisoners’ cells with listening devices. They felt bad about censoring letters. They took prisoners out for steak dinners to soften them up. They played games with them.

“We got more information out of a German general with a game of chess or Ping-Pong than they do today, with their torture,” said Henry Kolm, 90, an MIT physicist who had been assigned to play chess in Germany with Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess.

Blunt criticism of modern enemy interrogations was a common refrain at the ceremonies held beside the Potomac River near Alexandria. Across the river, President Bush defended his administration’s methods of detaining and questioning terrorism suspects during an Oval Office appearance.

Several of the veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, vehemently denounced the Bush regime’s controversial interrogation techniques. One veteran even refused the honors bestowed upon him and the others. When the time came to receive his award, the veteran cited his opposition to the war in Iraq along with the interrogation processes used at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba.

“I feel like the military is using us to say, ‘We did spooky stuff then, so it’s okay to do it now,’ ” said Arno Mayer, 81, a professor of European history at Princeton University.
When Peter Weiss, 82, went up to receive his award, he commandeered the microphone and gave his piece.

“I am deeply honored to be here, but I want to make it clear that my presence here is not in support of the current war,” said Weiss, chairman of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy and a human rights and trademark lawyer in New York City.

The veterans of P.O. Box 1142, a top-secret installation in Fairfax County that went only by its postal code name, were brought back to Fort Hunt by park rangers who are piecing together a portrait of what happened there during the war.

Helping to fuel the grim speculation around the interrogation process was the fact that nearly 4,000 prisoners of war were brought in by the busload for questioning for days, even weeks before their presence was required, and subsequently reported to the Red Cross. The process did not comply with the Geneva Conventions. The tribunals even used refugees of the Third Reich as interrogators, a very controversial move at the time.

“We did it with a certain amount of respect and justice,” said John Gunther Dean, 81, who became a career Foreign Service officer and ambassador to Denmark.

The interrogators had standards that remain a source of pride and honor.

“During the many interrogations, I never laid hands on anyone,” said George Frenkel, 87, of Kensington. “We extracted information in a battle of the wits. I’m proud to say I never compromised my humanity.”

Exactly what went on behind the barbed-wire fences of Fort Hunt has been a mystery that has lured amateur historians and curious neighbors for decades.

During the war, nearby residents watched buses with darkened windows roar toward the fort day and night. They couldn’t have imagined that groundbreaking secrets in rocketry, microwave technology and submarine tactics were being peeled apart right on the grounds that are now a popular picnic area where moonbounces mushroom every weekend.

When Vincent Santucci took on the job of chief ranger four-years ago at the National Park Service’s George Washington Memorial Parkway office, he assigned his cultural resource specialist, Brandon Bies, to do research explaining its history. He planned on posting signs throughout the park, he thought, to give the park a bit more dignity. That assignment changed dramatically when ranger Dana Dierkes was leading a tour of the park one day and someone told her about a rumored Fort Hunt veteran.

That veteran was Fred Michel, who worked in engineering in Alexandria for 65-years. Mr. Michel never told his neighbors or anyone else that at one time he faced numerous Nazi prisoners, and was successful in prying deep, dark, wartime secrets from most of them. Michel also referred Bies to other vets, and they in turn remembered others.

Bies was intrigued by the veterans’ stories, and subsequently went from his desk job of researching mountains of topics in stacks of yellowed papers to flying across the country, with camera and klieg lights in tow, documenting the fading memories of aging veterans.

Bies, Santucci and others have spent hours upon hours trying to clarify obscured memories; able to coax intricate details from men of honor who swore on their generation’s laurels to never speak of the work they performed at P.O. Box 1142.  

“The National Park Service is committed to telling your story, and now it belongs to the nation,” said David Vela, superintendent of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Left with an ever-looming deadline, (about 1,100 WWII veterans die every day) Bies and Santucci are hoping to document as many of the veterans’ stories as possible. Needless to say, many of those aging interrogators are ashamed of the ignominious way the Bush regime is waging their wars of aggression, and abhorred at the cruel and inhuman treatment of the prisoners they take in the process.

We owe these honorable men a lot, and should all salute those who toiled for weeks and months in the pursuit of justice; ultimately, holding a craven despot’s minions accountable for their heinous war crimes, but preserving human rights, common decency, and every bit of their honor and dignity [and that of America] in doing so.

I have a distinct feeling that the men of P.O. Box 1142, even in their golden age, would gladly volunteer their prolific evidence-extracting services in a latter-day war crimes tribunal, say for instance, at the Hague.

Come’on Congress, if the Geneva Conventions were worthy enough for the Greatest Generation to abide by, in punishing some of the worst war criminals in history; they’re certainly worthy enough to abide by now.

Are there any honorable men and women left in Washington?

Do your constitutional duty!

Impede, impeach and imprison.

Peace

Is America Ready for a Woman President

Samanatha Bee…