Post by randombloke on Feb 4, 2011 6:47:49 GMT -4
A prisoner was kneeling on the ground, blindfolded and handcuffed, when an Iraqi soldier walked over to him and kicked him in the neck. A US marine sergeant was watching and reported the incident, which was duly recorded and judged to be valid. The outcome: "No investigation required."
What investigation should have been done? The Marine reported the event, should he have been investigated for reporting it? The Iraqi was not under US authority, why then should the US have investigated it?
Again, who should have investigated it and what could they have done? Are the Iraqi police under US Military authority? If not, what can the US Military do about the actions of another country's security forces?
Iraq Body Count, a London-based group that monitors civilian casualties, told the Guardian: "These logs contain a huge amount of entirely new information regarding casualties. Our analysis so far indicates that they will add 15,000 or more previously unrecorded deaths to the current IBC total. This data should never have been withheld from the public."
Under what regulation or law is any military responsible for releasing all information about civilian deaths it knows about?
So the Iraqi police are an entity unto themselves, above and beyond even local law?
One would have hoped that the appropriate response was obvious; pass the report to the Iraqi's own internal investigation service(s) assuming such a thing exists. Alternatively, forwarding to the state department with a note along the lines of "this needs to be dealt with at the diplomatic level since they don't have their own Internal Affairs people."