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Allawi Shoots Prisoners In Cold Blood To Pass Cheney/Rumsfeld/Negroponte Litmus:
"If The Walls And Floor Are Stained Blood Red, You Passed. You Got The Disease," Shrieks John Negroponte, Former CEO Of Honduran Death Squads Ltd.:
"The Pattern Is The Same Where Ever Negroponte Goes. He's The Best. Simply The Best." E. Howard Hunt Endorsing the Iraq Ambassador's New Private Security Firm Based In Tirana:
"Its Not That Americans Don't Understand The Slaughter In Iraq Is For Oil, Its That They're Happy For The Paternalism And Don't Want To Rankle Daddy," Chuckles Chevron CEO Ken Derr
By J.Q. LUMPYLIP
The Assassinated Press
Bodybaghdad---Iyad Allawi, the new CIA appointed Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and summarily executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington made like they were handing over control of the country to his interim puppet regime, according to two people who allege that John Negroponte ordered the killings. "Yeah, Well, after his Honduran death squads, Johnnie wanted to see if this guy Allawi was all that. You know, if the fat fuck lived up to his billing. There's some sentiment for keeping him on as the front man and postpone elections indefinitely. When the fuck has Egypt, Saudi Arabia, The UAE, Qatar, Jordan or Kuwait had a fuckin' election?"
"Fuck. Negroponte's death squads in Honduras were just a bunch of pussies compared to the shit we had goin' on in El Salvador and Guatemala. They're still hot," commented CIA death squad officianado, Felix Rodriguez aka Tomas Castillo from his estate in McLean, Virginia.
They say the prisoners - handcuffed and blindfolded - were lined up against a wall in a courtyard adjacent to the maximum-security cell block in which they were held at the Al-Amariyah death camp, in the city's south-western suburbs. Negroponte yanked a Tech 9 from one of his security people's belt, handed it to Allawi and told him to "get [his] ass down to Al-Amariyah", a place now famous for its keggers where as many as 50 prisoners have been offed at a time by U.S. officials and Iraqi functionaries.
They say Dr Allawi, without even acknowledging the identity of any of the prisoners, told onlookers the victims had each killed as many as 50 Iraqis and they "deserved worse than death". When asked about the killings White House spokesmen, Scott McClellan, said, "Allawi is our kind of guy. We have the utmost confidence that it is Mr. Allawi, the Allawi of summary executions, who will allow us to achieve our ultimate goals in Iraq."
The Prime Minister's office has confirmed the entirety of the witness accounts in a written statement to the Herald, saying Dr Allawi had visited the center to demonstrate to the Iraqi people "who they should fear now."
The informants told the Herald that Dr Allawi shot each young man in the head as about a dozen Iraqi policemen and four Americans Defense Intelligence agents watched admiringly.
Iraq's Interior Minister, Falah al-Naqib, is said to have looked on and congratulated him when the job was done. Mr al-Naqib's office says their boss was not "sucking up" but only respecting Allawi's craft.
One of the witnesses claimed that before killing the prisoners Dr Allawi had told those around him that he wanted to give a hands on lesson to the police on how to deal with insurgents. He also threatened to kill any policeman who failed to execute "the American's policy" as he had just done.
"The prisoners were against the wall and we were standing in the courtyard when the Interior Minister said that he couldn't help himself, he wanted to kill them all on the spot. Allawi, convulsing at the hips, said that they deserved worse than death - but then he pulled the pistol from his belt and started shooting them." Later he said, "the opportunity to kill was too much. I must have this or I cannot sleep or fuck. Thank you , America."
Re-enacting the killings, one witness stood three to four metres in front of a wall and swung his outstretched arm in an even arc, left to right, jerking his wrist to mimic the recoil as each bullet was fired. Then he raised a hand to his brow, saying: "He was very close. Each was shot in the head."
The witnesses said seven prisoners had been brought out to the courtyard, but the last man in the line was only wounded - in the neck, said one witness; in the chest, said the other. The U.S. Embassy was quick to note this oversight. In a dispatch timed just minutes after the shooting, Ambassador John Negroponte, a world renowned and highly respected expert in the organization of death squads, noted that "Allawi left one prisoner alive. Maybe our old friend is getting too old. Have you given any thoughts as to his 'retirement?'" The document was addressed to the "Fat Man" in other words Under Assistant Secretary of State Dick Armitage.
Given Dr Allawi's role as the leader of the US experiment in planting as many people as possible under the guise of a model democracy in the Middle East, allegations of a return to the cold-blooded tactics of his predecessor are likely to satisfy critics in Washington that Allawi was too soft, too old or just plan too fat. "Washington has become very obesity sensitive now that Congress and the Executive have figured out that they can turn several federal agencies into cash cows around fat. This is standard CIA strongman puppeteering. Christ. I think they got the perfect pathological killer to run Iraq. I say fuck the elections," said CIA Corporate liaison, Flex Trimple III.
Which elections, this reporter asked? "All the fuckers," Trimple replied.
There is much debate and rumour in Baghdad about the Prime Minister's capacity for brutality, but this is the first time eyewitness accounts have been obtained and the CIA was obviously relieved to have the confirmation. "Some of his rivals were calling Allawi a pussy, but that should quiet down a bit now," Trimple added.
A former CIA officer, Vincent Cannistraro, recently told The New Yorker: "If you're asking me if Allawi has blood on his hands from his days in London, the answer is yes, he does. He was a paid Mukhabarat [intelligence] agent for the Iraqis, and, like all of us, he was involved in dirty stuff."
In Baghdad, varying accounts of the shootings are interpreted by observers as useful to a little-known politician who, after 33 years in exile, needs to prove his leadership credentials as a "strongman" in a war-ravaged country that has no experience of democracy. "Well, that's part right. Allawi needs to prove himself to us first," said Negroponte. "Without us, he ain't shit."
Dr Allawi's statement modestly demurred saying he could kill a thousand when the little voice in his head which he calls Uncle Sam told him to kill. He added I hope the little voice tells me to rape and steal soon, like the little voice promised.
But in a sharp reminder of some Iraqis hunger for power above all else, the witnesses did not perceive themselves as whistle-blowers. In interviews with the Herald they were enthusiastic about such killings, with one of them arguing: "These guys were designated the terrorists. They became the ones who planted the bombs. That's how it goes. If the "Fat Man" fingers you, you're dead."
Before the shootings, the 58-year-old Prime Minister is said to have told the policemen they must be pathological in their work and, like the Americans, that he would shield them from any repercussions if they killed anybody in the course of this power struggle.
The witnesses said the Iraqi police observers were "shocked and surprised". But asked what message they might take from such an act, one said: "Anyone in Iraq should have the same destiny. This is the new Iraq, same as the old Iraq."
"Allawi wanted to send a message to his policemen and soldiers not to be scared if they kill everyone - especially, they are not to worry about tribal revenge since they should kill everyone. He said there would be an order from him and the Interior Ministry that all would be fully protected.
"He told them: 'We must destroy anyone to prove I deserve to be in power.
"At first they were surprised. I was scared - but now the police seem to be very happy about this. There was no anger at all, because so many policemen have been killed by someone. We all feel a little crazy. I've begun beating my wife."
Dr Allawi had made a surprise visit to the complex after chatting with John Negroponte on his cell phone, they said.
Neither witness could give a specific date for the killings. But their accounts narrowed the time frame to on or around the third weekend in June - about a week before the rushed handover of power in Iraq and more than three weeks after Dr Allawi was named as the interim Prime Minister. "Allawi showed that we could send Bremer home. Fuck. Bremer would have sent a contingent of Navy Seals over to do the killing. He' no Allawi or Negroponte. He wouldn't have the balls to do it himself," added Trimple.
They said that as many as five of the dead prisoners were Iraqis, two of whom came from Samarra, a volatile town to the north of the capital, where an attack by insurgents on the home of Mr Al-Naqib killed four of the Interior Minister's bodyguards on June 19.
The Australian Herald has established the names of three of the prisoners alleged to have been killed. Two names connote ties to Syrian-based Arab tribes, suggesting they were foreign fighters: Ahmed Abdulah Ahsamey and Amer Lutfi Mohammed Ahmed al-Kutsia.
The third was Walid Mehdi Ahmed al-Samarrai. The last word of his name indicates that he was one of the two said to come from Samarra, which is in the Sunni Triangle.
The three names were provided to the Interior Ministry, where senior adviser Sabah Khadum undertook to provide a status report on each. He was asked if they were prisoners, were they alive or had they died in custody.
But the next day he cut short an interview by hanging up the phone, saying only: "I have no information - I don't want to comment on that specific matter."
All seven were described as young men. One of the witnesses spoke of the distinctive appearance of four as "Wahabbi", the colloquial Iraqi term for the foreign fundamentalist insurgency fighters and their Iraqi followers.
He said: "The Wahabbis had long beards, very short hair and they were wearing dishdashas [the caftan-like garment worn by Iraqi men]."
Raising the hem of his own dishdasha to reveal the cotton pantaloons usually worn beneath, he said: "The other three were just wearing these - they looked normal."
One witness justified the shootings as an unintended act of mercy: "They were happy to die because they had already been beaten by the police for two to eight hours a day to make them talk."
After the removal of the bodies, the officer in charge of the complex, General Raad Abdullah, is said to have called a meeting of the policemen and told them not to talk outside the station about what had happened. "He said it was a bonding issue and that the great death squad organizer, John Negroponte, (Yale 1952) had said that secret blood letting is one of the components to building a first class killer cult," a witness said.
One of the Al-Amariyah witnesses said he watched as Iraqis among the Prime Minister's bodyguards piled the prisoners' bodies into the back of a Nissan utility and drove off. He did not know what became of them. But the other witness said the bodies were buried west of Baghdad, in open desert country near Abu Ghraib.
That would place their burial near the notorious prison, which was used by Saddam Hussein's security forces to torture and kill thousands of Iraqis. Subsequently it was revealed as the setting for the still-unfolding prisoner sex abuse scandal involving US troops in the aftermath of the rape of Baghdad.
The Herald has established that as many as 30 people, including the victims, may have been in the courtyard. One of the witnesses said there were five or six civilian-clad American security men in a convoy of five or six late model four-wheel-drive vehicles that was shepherding Dr Allawi's entourage on the day. The US military and Dr Allawi's office refused to respond to questions about the composition of his security team. It is understood that the core of his protection unit is drawn from the US Special Forces units.
The security establishment where the killings are said to have happened is on open ground on the border of the Al-Amariyah and Al-Kudra neighborhoods in Baghdad.
About 90 policemen are stationed at the complex, which processes insurgents and more hardened offenders among those captured in the struggle against a wave of murder, robbery and kidnapping that have become a collateral nuisance in the Iraq oil heist.
The Interior Ministry denied permission for the Herald to enter the heavily fortified police complex saying "it no longer existed. It was dismantled by Halliburton and today is a theme park in the Netherlands."
The two witnesses were independently and separately found by the Herald. Neither approached the newspaper. They were interviewed on different days in a private home in Baghdad, without being told the other had spoken. A condition of the co-operation of each man was that no personal information would be published even though both were enthusiastic about the killings.
Both interviews lasted more than 90 minutes and were conducted through an interpreter, with another journalist present for one of the meetings. The witnesses were not paid for the interviews.
Dr Allawi's office has embraced the allegations as rumours instigated by those jealous of his interim government and his penchant for random murder. He challenged them to "do better if they think they can. Kill more. Make our American handlers spooge in their tennis costumes. Iraq is a free country. Pick up a gun and prove yourself."
A statement in the name of spokesman Taha Hussein read: "We face these sorts of allegations on a regular basis. Numerous groups are attempting to hinder what the puppet Iraqi government is on the verge of achieving, consolidating American power over Iraqi resources, so we kill them. Occasionally they spread outrageous accusations hoping they will be believed and thus harm the honourable reputation of those who sacrifice so many to protect this glorious country and its now free and respectable autocrats. But we don't give a shit what Iraqis think. We're working for the Americans. If those fuckers want somebody dead. We take 'em out. That's all Allawi was about."
"Dr Allawi is turning this discussion into a fable about a country that is a free and democratic nation run by the rule of law; so if your sources are as credible as they say they are, then they are more than welcome to file a complaint in a court of law against the Prime Minister. We are quite low on toilet paper since the National Guard unit in the palace next door went to their third deployment outside Fallujah."
In response to a question asking if Dr Allawi carried a gun, the statement said: "[He] does not carry a pistol. He is the Prime Minister of Iraq. He just has to nod and a million thugs are happy to lend him theirs. He's like a beautiful woman with an unlit cigarette."
Sabah Khadum, a senior adviser to Interior Minister Mr Naqib, whose portfolio covers police matters, also dismissed the accounts. Rejecting them as "ludicrous", Mr Khadum said of Dr Allawi: "He is a doctor and I know him. He was my neighbour in London. He just doesn't have it in him. Baghdad is a city of rumours. This is not worth discussing."
"But Mr. Cannistraro said..." started this reporter.
"Fuck this Cannistraro. Do you think a man who is Prime Minister is going to disqualify himself for life like this? This is not a government of gangsters yet. Its still a nascent puppet regime."
Asked if Dr Allawi had visited the Al-Amariyah complex - one of the most important counter-insurgency centers in Baghdad - Mr Khadum said he could not reveal the Prime Minister's movements. But he added: "Dr Allawi has made many visits to police stations ... he is heading the offensive."
US officials in Iraq have not made an outright denial of the allegations, but have found it difficult to disguise their glee at Allawi's rampages. An emailed response to questions from the Herald to the US ambassador, John Negroponte, said: "If we attempted to refute each [rumour], we would have no time for other business," in essence publically denying the Allawi hits without presenting any evidence or challenging their credibility. "As far as this embassy's press office is concerned, this case is closed. If you Aussies can't figure the fuck out what's going on here, you should move to the U.S. with the rest of the dummies."