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April 27 2013

surveyork
11:53

This was a scam of global dimensions. James McCormick marketed his fake bomb detectors around the world, selling them in Georgia, Romania, Niger, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and beyond.

But his main market was Iraq, where lives depended on bomb detection and where the bogus devices were, and still are, used at virtually every checkpoint in the capital.

Between 2008 and 2009 alone, more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in explosions in Baghdad. Thousands more were injured, including 21-year-old Haneen Alwan, who was two months pregnant and had gone out to buy ice cream when she was caught in a bomb in January 2009.

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November 09 2012

surveyork
21:33
... and drone killings, indefinite detention, Guantanamo, massive surveillance and wiretapping of US citizens, TSA scanners & pat-downs, no regulation for the banking system, US citizens held as political prisoners in US prisons...
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September 04 2012

surveyork
08:27

August 31 2012

surveyork
10:10
(Baghdad) – A new draft law on information technology crimes would restrict free speech in violation of international law and poses a severe threat to journalists, whistleblowers, and peaceful activists, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The pending law includes vague provisions that would allow Iraqi authorities to harshly punish expression they decide constitutes a threat to governmental, social, or religious interests. The Council of Representatives, the parliament, should not approve the law without revising it to remove the rights restrictions.

August 29 2012

surveyork
02:48
Victims' families and an ex-US soldier unpick the Wikileaks film that showed US forces killing Iraqi civilians in 2007.
Permission to Engage - Witness - Al Jazeera English

July 14 2012

surveyork
11:05
will you tell the U.S. Senate to pass the bipartisan End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act and stop taxpayer-funded modern slavery?

May 04 2012

surveyork
18:03
This cell phone photo was shot by a resident of Ishaqi on March 15, 2006, of bodies Iraqi police said were of children executed by U.S. troops after a night raid there. Here, the bodies of the five children are wrapped in blankets and laid in a pickup bed to be taken for burial. A State Department cable obtained by WikiLeaks quotes the U.N. investigator of extrajudicial killings as saying an autopsy showed the residents of the house had been handcuffed and shot in the head, including children under the age of 5. McClatchy obtained the photo from a resident when the incident occurred. |

April 10 2012

surveyork
02:55
series of videos from Blackwater that are basically a highlight reel of guns-blazing driving throughout the streets of Iraq.
Grand Theft Auto in Real Life: The Blackwater Guide to Driving in Iraq | Motherboard

April 20 2011

surveyork
03:13
Plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show.
Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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