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Kucinich Calls for Investigation into the Torture and Murder of Iraqi Detainees by Iraqi Forces
Washington D.C. (October 30, 2010) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is calling upon President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to create an independent, international and transparent investigation into the torture and murder of Iraqi detainees by Iraqi forces after leaked documents revealed that the scope of mistreatment of detainees and the death of civilians in Iraq was far greater that previously reported.
“It is imperative that the United States demonstrate leadership and accountability for its actions. I am calling for the U.S. to work with our allies in Iraq and participate in an independent, international and transparent investigation into the torture and murder of Iraqi detainees by Iraqi forces. It is also imperative that the Department of Defense’s complete documentation of all civilian causalities that have occurred since the beginning of the war in March 2003 is released….
“The U.S. must also work to prevent such instances from occurring again. The people of Iraq have incurred unimaginable harm from a war that was justified using false intelligence. We have a legal and moral obligation to ensure the protection of all Iraqi civilians and to fully account for all civilian deaths that have occurred as result of our actions,” wrote Kucinich.