Contractor alleges abuse......waaaaah
The Marines fucked me up
Contractor alleges abuse by Marines
Was one of 16 security personnel detained in Iraq
Friday, June 10, 2005 Posted: 11:28 PM EDT (0328 GMT)
RENO, Nevada (AP) -- Security contractors were heckled, humiliated and physically abused by U.S. Marines in Iraq while jailed for 72 hours with insurgents, one of the detainees said Friday.
"It was disbelief the whole time. I couldn't believe what was happening," said Matt Raiche, 34, an ex-Marine who was one of 16 American and three Iraqi contractors detained at Camp Falluja last month.
"I just found it crazy that we were being held with terrorists, that we were put in the same facility with them," he told The Associated Press in an interview at his lawyer's office. "They were calling us a rogue mercenary team."
"His head bounced off the asphalt." Raiche said. "He told me he heard one guard say to another, `If he moves, let the dog loose."'
Raiche said his colleague told him that a guard then reached down and "squeezed his testicles so hard he could barely move."
When Raiche first arrived at the facility, he said a guard ordered him to the ground and put a knee in his back. He said he heard one Marine say, "How does it feel now making that big contractor money?"
Raiche said the Marines handcuffed them with "zip lock ties." When the detainees complained they were so tight they were losing circulation in their hands, they were cursed at and told to shut up, Raiche said.
A: They treated them like they treated Iraqis
B: The mercenaries have no legal status, the Marines could have executed them on the spot under the rules of war.
C: I think these gun happy fucks shot at the Marines and got some payback. The Marines hate these guys.
Not that abuse is rght, it isn't. But I can't say I feel more for them than I would Iraqis, and actually, a lot less. They went to this country to get rich off other people's suffering and to make doing the military's job harder by playing Rambo for profit. Shit happens, especially when you fire at US troops. Which I do believed happened.
posted by Steve @ 10:14:00 AM