Raid on al Qaeda Safe House leads to discovery of Torture Manual

The US military raided an al Qaeda safe house in Iraq and found a very disturbing torture manual. The Smoking Gun got its hands on the manual and published it along with photos of real kidnap victims who were victims of this torture:

MAY 24–In a recent raid on an al-Qaeda safe house in Iraq, U.S. military officials recovered an assortment of crude drawings depicting torture methods like “blowtorch to the skin” and “eye removal.” Along with the images, which you’ll find on the following pages, soldiers seized various torture implements, like meat cleavers, whips, and wire cutters. Photos of those items can be seen here. The images, which were just declassified by the Department of Defense, also include a picture of a ramshackle Baghdad safe house described as an “al-Qaeda torture chamber.” It was there, during an April 24 raid, that soldiers found a man suspended from the ceiling by a chain. According to the military, he had been abducted from his job and was being beaten daily by his captors. In a raid earlier this week, Coalition Forces freed five Iraqis who were found in a padlocked room in Karmah. The group, which included a boy, were reportedly beaten with chains, cables, and hoses.

So what does real torture look like? Don’t continue if you have a weak stomach:




Little Green Footballs links to a Newsbusters post that notes that only Fox News reported on the story. The rest of the MSM just couldn’t find a few minutes in their news reports to let the American people know how al Qaeda members treat their detainees. Interesting, the media couldn’t muster a little outrage about al Qaeda using full blown medieval torture, but they get their collective panties in a bunch about Abu Ghraib photos and water boarding. Unbelievable.

Don Surber writes: “And yet such false stories as the “flushed Koran” got widespread play in the newspapers and on television.”

Michelle Malkin links to a report that says that Pfc Joseph Anzack, Jr., one of the three soldiers abducted by al Qaeda and who was recovered from the Euphrates river a few days ago, showed signs of possible torture.

The media, however, don’t seem to care.

Update: Gina Cobb is also commenting:

For Congressional Democrats, it’s all one big yawner. Their goal is to flee Iraq so that they can claim “victory” and win the next election before their bad choices come back to haunt us all.

Update II: Newsbusters updated its to say that CNN reported on the manual on Wednesday.

Update III: Lee Ward is so desperate to convince Americans that there is no terrorist threat that he’s busy in the comments section of this post trying to convince Wizbang readers that I am the terrorist. Not al Qaeda who tortures innocent people and wreaks violence and chaos everywhere it can, but me because I dared to show the drawings from the manual. This is what Lee wrote in one of his comments:

ter·ror·ism (tr-rzm) NOUN:

The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.

Kim’s motivation is “ideological and political”, and her intent is to coerce frightened people into supporting specific political ideologies and parties.

…but you don’t have to allow yourself to be victimized by the Kim Priestaps and Fox News channels of the right wing — you really don’t.

Defeating “terrorism” starts by not allowing you yourself to be victimized by terrorists. You can start right here, and right now.

It really is that simple – but be forewarned, your government wants you to be terrified and afraid, so you’ll have to be strong — no crybabies allowed.

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