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Friday, April 28, 2006 0 comments
Reading: Review of the Department of Energy's Genomics: GTL Program
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Quote of the day: "When someone tells you something defies description, you can be pretty sure he's going to have a go at it anyway." - Clyde B. Aster
Interesting article - thanks to Lisa for pointing this one out:
Build your own Iraqi police squad for a little cash
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - It doesn't cost a lot to set up your own death squad in Iraq. Military uniforms, guns and even police vehicles are easily available to all comers in the markets of Baghdad.
In a city where gangs of men dressed as police have killed dozens of people and stolen tens of thousands of dollars, anyone with a modest amount of cash can set up their own fake squad.
At Baghdad's Bab al-Sharjee market, a haven for criminals, anyone can walk into one of about 15 shops selling police and military supplies and buy a police commando uniform for 35,000 Dinars (about $24) or an ordinary police uniform for $15.
No questions asked, no identity checks. Badges of rank from Captain to Major-General -- enough to ensure no one asks questions on the mean streets of the capital -- go for $2.
"One person came yesterday and took 12 full commando uniforms. Another took 15 army uniforms and ski masks with holes for the eyes," said Tariq, who runs one of the stores.
"I don't care who comes to buy them. As long as they give me the money, I give them the products," he said, adding the most popular items were police commando uniforms.
Although some uniforms such as a plain blue Iraqi police shirt are relatively simple for any tailor to produce, it was unclear where Tariq and others get the complicated camouflage uniforms from.
There are plenty of smaller items such as laser pointers for weapons, face-hiding ski masks, and handcuffs.
In a country awash with guns, almost every family has at least an AK-47, weapons are cheap and easily obtained.
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