Saturday, June 11, 2005

Kos is right, again

How many Marines died in the battle of Fallujah? Why was that battle fought? Mercs...
Daily Kos :: Political Analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation.: "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.' [...]

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."