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More Terrorist Slander Against Heroic Prison Guards

Except this time, the “terrorists” are American veterans working for a private company in Iraq:

“I never in my career have treated anybody so inhumane,” one of the contractors, Rick Blanchard, a former Florida state trooper, wrote in an email quoted in the Los Angeles Times. “They treated us like insurgents, roughed us up, took photos, hazed [bullied] us, called us names.”

(Reports The Guardian in “Marines ‘beat US workers’ in Iraq.” Meanwhile, that worthless liberal rag the Chicago Tribune reports [link to,1,7622828.story no longer works] 🙂

Mark Schopper, a lawyer for two of the detainees, said Marines threw contractors roughly to the ground, jammed knees into their backs, taunted them and denied requests to call their families. Schopper, whose clients are both former Marines, said one client “had his testicles squeezed so hard that he nearly passed out from the pain.”

At one point during the contractors’ confinement, Schopper said, a Marine asked, “How does it feel to be a rich contractor now?”

(Via Sivacracy. Alternate headline: “The beatings will continue until morale improves. Or at least until there’s some leadership.”)