Thursday, December 9, 2010

Criminal knowledge

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 3:08 PM

From the Wikileaks dump: According to a leaked US diplomatic cable, U.S. diplomats in Afghanistan were well aware that an American contractor, the movie-villian-named DynCorp, arranged for the traditional raping of children to amuse our pro-Democracy allies.

The Afghanistan cable (dated June 24, 2009) discusses a meeting between Afghan Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and U.S. assistant ambassador Joseph Mussomeli. Prime among Atmar's concerns was a party partially thrown by DynCorp for Afghan police recruits in Kunduz Province. ...

Since this is Afghanistan, you probably already knew this wasn't a kegger. Instead, this DynCorp soiree was a bacha bazi ("boy-play") party . . . a pre-Islamic Afghan tradition that was banned by the Taliban. Bacha boys are eight- to 15-years-old. They put on make-up, tie bells to their feet and slip into scanty women's clothing, and then, to the whine of a harmonium and wailing vocals, they dance seductively to smoky roomfuls of leering older men.

After the show is over, their services are auctioned off to the highest bidder, who will sometimes purchase a boy outright. And by services, we mean anal sex.

As the Houston Press reports, these boy-play parties are unfortunately a common barbaric practice among powerful Pashtun men in Southern Afghanistan. The State Department calls bacha bazi "a 'widespread, culturally accepted form of male rape.' "

Yet, according to the cable made public by WikiLeaks, our own government knew more than just that it was common practice: our diplomats actually had a pretty thorough knowledge of this party and what transpired, knew that DynCorp had arranged it, and even gave the Afghan Interior Minister council as to how to handle any nosey journalists.

[Afghan Interior Minister Hanif Atmar] urged the U.S. State Department to shut down a reporter he heard was snooping around, and was horrified that a rumored videotape of the party might surface. He predicted that any story about the party would "endanger lives." He said that his government had arrested two Afghan police and nine Afghan civilians on charges of "purchasing a service from a child" in connection with the party, but that he was worried about the image of their "foreign mentors," by which he apparently meant DynCorp. American diplomats told him to chill. They apparently had a better handle on our media than Atmar, because when a report of the party finally did emerge, it was neutered to the point of near-falsehood.

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