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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-10 09:33 AM
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Iraq war logs: UN calls on Obama to investigate human rights abuses
The UN has called on Barack Obama to order a full investigation of US forces' involvement in human rights abuses in Iraq after a massive leak of military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.

The call by the UN's chief investigator on torture, Manfred Nowak, came as Phil Shiner, human rights specialist at Public Interest Lawyers in the UK, warned some of the deaths documented in the Iraq war logs could have involved British forces and would be pursued through the UK courts. He demanded a public inquiry into allegations that British troops were responsible for civilian deaths during the conflict.

The Guardian has analysed the 400,000 documents, the biggest leak in US military history, and found 15,000 previously unreported civilian deaths. The logs show how US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and generally unpunished.

Nowak said that if the files released through WikiLeaks pointed to clear violations of the UN Convention Against Torture the Obama administration had a clear obligation to investigate them.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/23/united-nati...
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-10 09:36 AM
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1. my bet is he investigates Wikileaks n/t
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-10 09:51 AM
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2. here's their response
Wikileaks: Iraq war logs 'reveal truth about conflict'

The founder of whistleblowing website Wikileaks has defended the release of almost 400,000 classified US documents about the war in Iraq.

Julian Assange said the "intimate details" of the conflict were made public in an effort to reveal the truth about the conflict.

The "war logs" suggest evidence of torture was ignored, and detail the deaths of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

The US and UK have criticised the leak, the largest in US military history.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11612731
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-10 10:42 AM
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3. K&R
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