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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by Lysistrata
You DO realize that the Americans have had absolutely nothing to do with operations at that prison for years, right? This is Iraq run, for Iraqi prisoners under the Iraqi system. The days of calling that prison an American anything are long long past. Errr....
They’ve spent hundreds of billions of dollars to monitor the activities of every single American by turning their listening networks on purported domestic terrorists operating in the United States.
They know your underwear size. They know where you drove your car today. They know what you put up on Facebook, texted to your wife and emailed to your friends. And they’ve done it all in the supposed interest of “national security.”
If, however, you were an Al Qaeda terrorist coordinating a large-scale prison break to free senior members of your mid-east terror organization, you would have been able to operate with impunity.
As you read the following report from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq keep in mind that the National Security Agency operates under authorization from Executive Order 12333. The agency was originally tasked not with “acquiring information concerning the domestic activities of United States persons,” but with analyzing information and data of foreign intelligence and counterintelligence value.
Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them, authorities said on Monday.
The deadly raid on the high-security jail happened as Sunni Muslim militants are gaining momentum in their insurgency against the Shi’ite-led government that came to power after the U.S. invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.
Suicide bombers drove cars packed with explosives to the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night and blasted their way into the compound, while gunmen attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
Other militants took up positions near the main road, fighting off security reinforcements sent from Baghdad as several militants wearing suicide vests entered the prison on foot to help free the inmates.
Ten policemen and four militants were killed in the ensuing clashes, which continued until Monday morning, when military helicopters arrived, helping to regain control.
“The number of escaped inmates has reached 500, most of them were convicted senior members of al Qaeda and had received death sentences,” Hakim Al-Zamili, a senior member of the security and defense committee in parliament, told Reuters.
“The security forces arrested some of them, but the rest are still free.”
One security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity: “It’s obviously a terrorist attack carried out by al Qaeda to free convicted terrorists with al Qaeda.”
(Newser) – Some 500 prisoners, most of them high-ranking al-Qaeda members, were busted out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison (yes that Abu Ghraib prison, but the Iraqis are back in charge now) in a violent and explosive jail break last night. Suicide bombers raided the prison with cars full of explosives, blasting their way inside the gates while others fired mortars and grenades at guards, Reuters reports. Ten cops and four militants were killed in the violence, which lasted until this morning, when military helicopters were called in. There was a simultaneous attack on nearby Taji prison, in which 16 soldiers and six militants died, but no prisoners escaped.
The attack is not entirely a surprise: al-Qaeda announced that freeing prisoners was its top priority exactly a year ago, in a campaign called "Breaking the Walls," the AP reports. "
This big security failure shows that the top security commanders have failed to sort out any solutions for the ongoing security deterioration," says a local lawmaker. "The terrorists, not the security forces, are now taking the initiative." A manhunt for the escapees is now underway, though one lawmaker tells AP that many have already been been captured or killed.
I give Iraq 5-7 years before it's immersed in a full blown civil war...
Originally posted by Blowback
Originally posted by supremecommander
The news cannot report on Al Qaeda as the enemy any longer because we are currently in bed with them re: Syria.