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Czechs 'Wore Nazi Symbol in Afghanistan'

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“… The scandal … leaked a week after the same daily wrote that an elite soldier had trained neo-Nazis for terror attacks and infighting. …”

Brisbane Times | November 10, 2009

AFP – The Czech defence minister has said he would suspend army officers who wore Nazi emblems on their helmets during a mission in Afghanistan and their commanders who tried to hush up the scandal.

“There is no place in the army for people who think this way,” Defence Minister Martin Bartak said in a statement following a newspaper report that highlighted the case.

The DNES daily said on Monday that 1st Lieutenant Jan Cermak, a troop commander from the provincial reconstruction team in Logar province, had adorned his helmet with the SS Hohenstaufen division’s emblem – the letter “H” crossed by a sword.

Another man, a warrant officer, wore a helmet with the emblem of the SS Dirlewanger division consisting mostly of criminals famous for looting and raping and killing civilians, said DNES, the top-selling Czech non-tabloid daily.

Cermak said he used the emblem because the letter “H” was his initial, pointing at the familiar version of his name – “Honza.” “I put it there just for kicks,” he said, blaming “youthful recklessness.”

Quoting a letter from other soldiers who were upset by the scandal, DNES said Colonel Petr Prochazka, the commander of the contingent, knew about the emblems and covered up as Cermak was his protege.

“Prochazka tolerated the Nazi emblems. He ordered Cermak… to burn the helmet covers with Nazi emblems only after a diplomat had probably complained in Prague,” the letter read.

Bartak, who had awarded medals to the officers concerned only last Friday, said he wanted an “immediate and thorough investigation of the case” as what the soldiers did was “unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.”

“If the commanders’ efforts to hush the matter up prove true, I pledge to make sure they will be severely punished. The first step I will take is their immediate suspension,” added Bartak.

The scandal, particularly sensitive in the former communist country where far-right extremism is on the rise, leaked a week after the same daily wrote that an elite soldier had trained neo-Nazis for terror attacks and infighting.

Czech troops in Afghanistan also came under scrutiny earlier this year as the Special Operations Unit (SOG) was accused of letting its British command down by refusing to fight terrorists several times “because it’s dangerous.”

The Czech army, which has lost three soldiers in Afghanistan since 2007, has 330 soldiers and 10 civilians working in the Logar provincial reconstruction team as part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), according to the Defence Ministry website.

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-world/czechs-wore-nazi-symbol-in-afghanistan-20091110-i5og.html

By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor
Independent | 14 November 2009

Claims that British soldiers recreated the torture conditions of Abu Ghraib to commit the sexual and physical abuse of Iraqi civilians are being investigated by the Ministry of Defence.

The fresh allegations raise important questions about collusion between Britain and America over the ill-treatment of Iraqi prisoners during the insurgency. In one case, British soldiers are accused of piling bodies of Iraqi prisoners on top of each other and subjecting them to electric shocks, an echo of the abuse at the notorious US detention centre at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison.

One claimants says he as raped by two British soldiers, and others say they were stripped naked, abused and photographed. For the first time, British female soldiers are accused of aiding in the sexual and physical abuse of detainees.

The 33 new cases, which form part of a pre-action protocol letter served on the MoD last week, include allegations of other torture techniques widely employed by the Americans, including mock executions, dog attacks and exposure to pornography.

In one of the most disturbing cases, Nassir Ghulaim, a young Iraqi, says his torture was based on the photographs taken from Abu Ghraib. He says he was playing football with friends in April 2007 when he was approached by British soldiers in Jeeps. Their interpreter told two of the Iraqis the soldiers wanted them to go with them to a British base.

When he arrived at the camp his blindfold was removed and he was surrounded by six to eight soldiers, he says. “The soldiers asked us to pick fights with one another, or fight them. The soldiers were laughing and taking photos. The soldiers then made us squeeze together in a pile, while a soldier stood on top of us and shouted and laughed.”

Mr Ghulaim says the soldiers then forced a younger Iraqi male to strip naked and started playing with his penis and taking photographs. When Mr Ghulaim refused to fight, a soldier kicked him hard on his back and he fell on the floor. “A soldier started hitting me with a baton on my knees and used an electric baton on various parts of my body,” he adds. After three days of detention, Mr Ghulaim was freed without charge.

Hussain Hashim Khinyab, 35, who has three children, was arrested in April 2006. He claims that he was badly tortured at the British camp at Shaaibah and later sexually abused by female personnel. He alleges that when he was moved from solitary confinement to the camp’s detention halls he saw male and female soldiers engaging in sexual intercourse in front of the prisoners. He says this was done to deliberately humiliate the inmates.

In May 2003, a 16-year-old Iraqi was among a group of Iraqis taken to the Shatt-al-Arab British camp to help fill sandbags. When the Iraqi youth, who wishes to remain anonymous, and his friends had filled the available sandbags, a British soldier indicated that he should enter a room, from where he assumed that he was to retrieve more sand bags, he says.

On entering the room, he claims he saw two British male soldiers engaged in oral sex. As soon as the two men saw him enter, they started to beat and kick him, he alleges. When he fell to the floor, one of the men held a blade to his neck while the other soldier stripped him naked. Although he screamed in protest, the two British soldiers, one after the other, raped him.

In the legal letter to the MoD, Phil Shiner, the lawyer representing all the Iraqis, said: “Due to the wider access of information and disclosure in the US, we do know that sexual humiliation was authorised as an aid to interrogation at the highest levels of the US administration. Given the history of the UK’s involvement in the development of these techniques alongside the US, it is deeply concerning that there appears to be strong similarities between instances of the use of sexual humiliation.”

Mazin Younis, a leading Iraqi human rights activist working in the UK, said a lot of the new cases he had seen included allegations of sexual humiliation techniques which were part of what he said was a wider culture of abuse. He added: “This is very similar to what was happening at Abu Ghraib and was clearly employed to try to break the will of the detainees. Hundreds of soldiers must have witnessed this abuse but must either think this was acceptable behaviour or were told by their superiors to turn a blind eye.”

Mr Shiner says that the new cases became known after the British withdrawal from Iraq this year. He added: “Many of these Iraqis were frightened to come forward and only now have been able to gather the courage to do so. That is no mean feat given what they have been through.”

An MoD spokesperson said: “Over 120,000 British troops have served in Iraq and the vast majority have conducted themselves to the highest standards of behaviour, displaying integrity and selfless commitment. There have been instances when individuals have behaved badly but only a tiny number have been shown to have fallen short of our high standards.

“Allegations of this nature are taken very seriously but must not be taken as fact. Formal investigations must be allowed to take their course without judgements being made prematurely.”

In London, the public inquiry continues to hear more evidence into the death of 26-year-old hotel receptionist Baha Mousa, who was beaten to death by British soldiers in 2003. A post-mortem revealed that he had sustained 93 different injuries.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britains-abu-ghraib-did-britain-collude-with-us-in-abuse-of-iraqis-1820545.html

Kissinger has Come to Town
Stephen Newton
New Statesman | 12 November 2009

For all David Cameron’s attempts to modernise his party, many Tories still hold a candle for the Reagan-Thatcher years. On 10 November, Henry Kissinger received the Margaret Thatcher Medal of Freedom from The Atlantic Bridge, a purportedly non-partisan charity founded by shadow defence secretary Liam Fox.

Dedicated to “the simple aim of strengthening the special relationship exemplified by the Reagan-Thatcher partnership of the 1980s”, The Atlantic Bridge advisory board includes several members of the shadow cabinet, including George Osborne, William Hague, Chris Grayling and Michael Gove. The charity has helped Tories meet their US allies, and came to prominence this summer when its US members launched scathing attacks on the NHS. Other activities have included supporting the US launch of one of William Hague’s books.

Baroness Thatcher, the charity’s patron, endowed the medal and the annual lecture in her name to the Atlantic Bridge in 2007. The cheap seats at this year’s event, at which Kissinger delivered a lecture, cost £400. Priority seating was available at an extra £350.

Yet the party may soon be over. Following allegations that it is not politically neutral, the organisation is being probed by the Charity Commission. One can only hope the Kissinger lecture boosted spirits. Things may be downhill from here.

http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2009/11/kissinger-thatcher-charity
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RE THE ATLANTIC BRIDGE

From: “Atlantic Bridge: Is this really a non-partisan charity?”
Stephen Newton
Liberal Conspiracy | November 9, 2009

… The Reagan-Thatcher partnership was a particularly dark time.

The pair famously sponsored the Taliban in Afghanistan; Saddam Hussein in Iraq as he embarked on genocide; Pinochet in Chile as he made thousands of people disappear; it defended the apartheid regime in South Africa (the only evil for which current Tory leader David Cameron has apologised).

Britain’s aid budget was used not to boost development, but to subsidise the arms trade and businesses who donated to the Conservative Party.

A charity?

Nevertheless, generous observers may dismiss the Atlantic Bridge as a harmless relic from a bygone age.

But in 2003, the Atlantic Bridge registered as a charity, claiming to be a non-partisan education and research scheme or think tank. UK charities are forbidden from playing a role in party politics and last year the Charity Commission investigated the Smith Institute following allegations it had become too close to Labour.

The Commission asked if the charity’s work was of educational value or merit; balanced and not seeking to promote a particular point of view; and made sufficient work available to the public.

The Atlantic Bridge appears to fail on these requirements. It is hard to imagine any non-Conservatives signing on for a Reagan-Thatcher revival, all of its trustees are prominent Conservatives, it has published no research, and lectures like those delivered by Kissinger could hardly be described as publicly accessible.

When it registered as a charity, the Atlantic Bridge supplied a quite different set of objectives to the Charity Commission to those on its website. References to the Reagan-Thatcher partnership disappeared and it pledged to commit itself to public education and to research into relationship between Europe and America.

In August, I complained to the Charity Commission that the Atlantic Bridge was not a charity. An investigation was opened shortly after. The commission is notoriously slow, typically taking eighteen months to complete an investigation such as this. It’s usual response it to work with the charity involved to bring it into compliance with the law. This approach worked both with the Smith Institute and with the Reform and Policy Exchange think tanks, which had become too close to the Conservatives.

The Charity Commission must decide whether the Atlantic Bridge can be reformed or whether it is a sham charity. If it is a sham, the Atlantic Bridge will make legal history and criminal charges may follow.

http://www.liberalconspiracy.org/2009/11/09/atlantic-bridge-is-this-really-a-non-partisan-charity/