From the Limerick Post in Ireland:
Former US interrogators for rally
Assembling at 2pm outside Lidl in Shannon town centre, the peaceful protest will march to the airport where a rally will be held.
The procession to the airport will take the form of a mock-funeral and the theme will be ‘Remembering the Dead’.
This will be the first march to the airport this year.
According to Dr Fintan Lane, a spokesperson for Anti-War Ireland, a significant turnout is expected and buses will be run from Dublin, Cork and Galway.
Dr Lane said: “The invasion of Iraq in March 2003,and the ongoing occupation, have caused absolute carnage and the death toll continues to mount.
Alongside the hundreds of thousands killed are many more who have been maimed for life – innocent men, women and children who have been horribly mutilated by George W. Bush’s war machine. …
Polls have shown that the overwhelming majority of Iraqi citizens want the US and their allies to leave now.
Within the United States, opposition to Bush’s policy of aggressive imperialism has also continued to grow and increasing numbers of US Iraq war veterans are speaking out against the war in which they participated.
Many of these former soldiers are active in an organisation called Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)”.
The three former interrogators are all members of IVAW and were members of the 2002 military intelligence battalion, and served together at Abu-Ghraib, where they were involved in interrogating Iraqi citizens plucked from the streets and their homes by US snatch squads.
All three were disturbed by what they witnessed in Iraq and consequently, became staunch opponents of the war.
“The fact that three members of the same military unit are speaking out against the occupation of Iraq sends a powerful message that should be listened to.
Many of their fellow soldiers who passed through Shannon airport have since returned home in body bags.
From the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog:
From the Irish Examiner:
UN investigating use of Shannon by CIA ‘torture plane’
The United Nations is reportedly planning to investigate the use of Shannon Airport by the US military as part of the Bush administration’s “war on terrorism”.
Reports this morning said the Government’s decision to allow the US to use the airport would be scrutinised as part of an inquiry into the alleged torture of suspected Islamic militants.
The inquiry centres on an aircraft allegedly used by the CIA to transport detainees to countries where they can be tortured on behalf of the US without any legal ramifications.
Irish peace activists have claimed that the aircraft frequently lands at Shannon, but complaints to Gardaí have failed to lead to any inspections of the plane.
This morning’s reports said Ireland could be found in breach of international law if it were found to have failed to act to prevent torture.
See also Indymedia Ireland.
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