Kamil Mahdi, “No Law for Oil,” Red Pepper, August 2007
Kamil Mahdi, a Middle East economics scholar, analyzes Iraq’s oil law and explains the ways in which it “threatens Iraq’s integrity and future stability.”
"No Blood, No Foul: Soldiers’ Accounts of Detainee Abuse in Iraq," July 2006
In this Human Rights Watch report, a U.S. Sergeant documents torture and extreme sensory deprivation techniques used on prisoners in Iraq, and recalls a ready-made form with checkboxes for harsh techniques that interrogators filled out for in advance of interrogations. The sergeant states every form he saw, no matter how brutal, received authorization.
Peter Maass, “Way of the Commandos,” May 2005
In this in-depth New York Times
article, Peter Maass draws a connection between the rise of death squads in Iraq and the death squads in El Salvador in the 1980s.
“Haj Ali’s Story,” PBS: Now, April 29, 2005
Haj Ali, a former Iraqi mayor, discusses his harsh treatment at Abu Ghraib. Ali asserts he was the man in the infamous Abu Ghraib photo of the hooded detainee standing on a box with electrical wires hanging from his arms.
Abu Ghraib Files
presents 279 photos and 19 videos of torture that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison in the fall of 2003. This site also offers reports and resources related to torture in Iraq.
Audits of American Contractors in Iraq
The Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen Jr., contains critical audits of the reconstruction work by American contractors in Iraq. The reports and audits document waste and fraud and are frequently harrowing yet still accessible and easy to read.
House Oversight Committee’s Memorandum on Blackwater, October 2007
The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigated Blackwater’s work in Iraq and concluded that the company’s employees were involved in 195 shooting incidents, that the firm charged the U.S. government $1,221 per day for Blackwater contractors, and that Blackwater received an 80,000% increase in federal contracts between 2001 and 2006.
Iraqi Detainee Tortured by US Military and “Danced” While Electroshocked, April 2004
According to declassified military documents released to the American Civil Liberties Union, an American solider shocked “an Iraqi detainee with an electric transformer.” The report states the solider held “the wires against the shoulder of a detainee & that the detainee ‘danced’ as he was shocked.”