June 19, 2005

The insurgents' torture house.

The NYT reports:
Marines on an operation to eliminate insurgents that began Friday broke through the outside wall of a building in this small rural village to find a torture center equipped with electric wires, a noose, handcuffs, a 574-page jihad manual - and four beaten and shackled Iraqis....

The manual recovered - a fat, well-thumbed Arabic paperback - listed itself as the 2005 First Edition of "The Principles of Jihadist Philosophy," by Abdel Rahman al-Ali. Its chapters included "How to Select the Best Hostage," and "The Legitimacy of Cutting the Infidels' Heads."

7 comments:

Dave Schuler said...

The manual needs to get wide distribution.

Meade said...

"Insurgents," "militants," "captors..." here in fly-over country, they're just known as "terrorists."

Gerry said...

Did the manual have a chapter on turning the AC to too low of a temperature? Or turning the heater up too high?

Or doing puppet shows? Or piping in Christina Aguilera music?

Or the abominable "invasion of space by females"?

Kathleen B. said...

It's nice to know the insurgents/terrorists need some reasons and philosophy to cut off people's heads.

Noumenon said...

The manual needs to get wide distribution.

Keep your eye on thesmokinggun.com, they got the last one. That translation was done for the jihadis' trial. Here's a list of what Al Qaeda considers torture.

lmeade: I was going to object but then I realized the reason they don't seem like terrorists to me is it's not my society they're trying to intimidate. The Iraqis are getting the message.

Meade said...

noumenon: Oh, but ultimately it is your society they're trying to intimidate. Yes, the Iraqis are getting the message. Are we?

APF said...

Or the abominable "invasion of space by females"?

A torture technique that sounds like a poorly-translated scifi movie title...