More news you didn't hear about
While scanning through Alternet earlier today, I came across a stroy by Jim Hightower that I couldn't believe I hadn't heard even a glimmer of before. He didn't link to any other story, so I googled the details myself and up popped this link from The Guardian from April 30. It's horrific.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) - Macedonian police gunned down seven innocent immigrants, then claimed they were terrorists, in a killing staged to impress the United States, authorities said Friday.The killing took place back in March 2002, and the details are incredible.
The so-called ``Rastanski Lozja'' action was carried out in March 2002 by special Macedonian police who claimed to have eliminated a terrorist group allegedly plotting to attack embassies and diplomats in Macedonia.What kind of sick madmen come up with this sort of idea? And why would they think that US officials would look kindly on this sort of thing? You know, in the past I would have automatically discounted the claims made by the defendants that they'd gotten their information from US intelligence officers, but after Gitmo, after Abu Ghraib, after the psycho in Afghanistan who was running his own private prison, I'm starting to have my doubts.
Senior police officials said at the time that the seven men were killed as they tried to ambush a police patrol and that the police fired in response to their attack. The police also claimed that AK47 assault rifles, hand grenades and ammunition were found near the van that the man were using.
But Konteska said that the seven Pakistani men were in fact illegal immigrants who were lured into Macedonia by promises that they would be transferred to Western Europe.
She said that the plan to set them up and kill them was made by top police officials in February 2002, after which the victims were brought in from neighboring Bulgaria and initially kept for days in an apartment in the capital, Skopje.
On March 3, 2002 they were transported by police to the Rastanski Lozja area, about three miles northeast of Skopje, where they were encircled and gunned down by special police using automatic weapons, Konteska said.
It's been said before, but it bears repeating. The thing that I hate most about the Bush administration is the way it turned me from a slight cynic into a tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist.