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Old 11-07-2008, 02:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Norton
The US has already been paying compensation of all sorts for well over a year.
So they have- and it would also appear they have been trying to keep them quiet. From the Guardian article-

"The memo is just one of 500 claims for damages by family members of civilians killed or injured by US forces and its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan that have been obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU made the documents public on its website today."
The ACLU received the records in response to a freedom of information act request filed in June last year.

US compensation payments to Iraqi civilians made public | World news |

So the information had to be wrested from the US government by the ACLU, using the FOI act. Why


"Since US troops first set foot in Afghanistan in 2001, the defence department has gone to unprecedented lengths to control and suppress information about the human costs of war," said Anthony Romero, the executive director of the ACLU.

This opacity has been a hallmark of the Bush administration.
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