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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

This Should Matter...

but we all know that in America it will likely get no coverage. Concurrently, we won't be able to avoid the news media's current obsessions-- the Michael Jackson trial, Scott Peterson's sentencing or Robert Blake's acquittal.
More than 100 die in U.S. custody in Iraq

At least 108 people have died in U.S. custody in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and roughly a quarter of the cases have been investigated as possible U.S. abuse, according to government data provided to The Associated Press.
The Pentagon has never provided comprehensive information on how many prisoners taken during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have died. The 108 figure, based on information supplied by Army, Navy and other government officials, includes deaths attributed to natural causes.
-- At least 26 have been investigated as criminal homicides involving possible abuse.

-- At least 29 are attributed to suspected natural causes or accident.

-- 22 died during an insurgent mortar attack on April 6, 2004, on Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

-- At least 21 are attributed to "justifiable homicide," when U.S. troops used deadly force against rioting, escaping or threatening prisoners and investigations found the troops acted appropriately.
Died of natural causes? What, like heart attacks? That's just weird. I'm interested in reading more about that. And what about the numbers for Afghanistan? Or Gitmo? If the government is feeling all disclosure-y, they might as well tell us more.

C'mon America, c'mon American media-- suprise us all, show us you understand what qualifies as headline news. I dare you.

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