"The number of prisoners held in U.S. military detention centers in Iraq has risen without interruption since autumn, filling the centers to capacity and prompting commanders to embark on an unanticipated prison expansion plan.
As U.S. and Iraqi forces battle an entrenched insurgency, the detainee population surpassed 11,350 last week
(added emphasis), a nearly 20 percent jump since Iraq's Jan. 30 elections. U.S. prisons now contain more than twice the number of people they did in early October, when aggressive raids began in a stepped-up effort to crush the insurgency before January's vote.Anticipating continued growth in the detainee population, U.S. commanders have decided to expand three existing facilities and open a fourth, at a total cost of about $50 million."U.S. to Expand Prison Facilities in Iraq
May 10, 2005
"The CIA has so far refused to hand over control of Iraq's intelligence service to the newly elected Iraqi government in a turf war that exposes serious doubts the Bush administration has over the ability of Iraqi leaders to fight the insurgency and worries about the new government's close ties to Iran. The director of Iraq's secret police, a general who took part in a failed coup attempt against ousted President Saddam Hussein, was handpicked and funded by the U.S. government, and he still reports directly to the CIA, Iraqi politicians and intelligence officials in Baghdad said last week.
.. Iraqi leaders complain that the arrangement violates their sovereignty, freezes them out of the war on insurgents and could lead to the formation of a rival, Iraqi-led spy agency. U.S. officials counter that the new leaders' connections to Iran have forced them to take measures that protect Iraq's secrets from the neighboring government.
.. The Iraqi intelligence service "is not working for the Iraqi government -- it's working for the CIA," said Hadi al-Ameri, an Iraqi lawmaker and commander of the Badr Brigade, formerly the armed wing of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution, or the SCIRI, in Iraq. The SCIRI is the driving force behind the powerful Shi'ite coalition that swept parliamentary elections."CIA still controls Iraq security service
May 9, 2005While we are on the subject of the CIA in Iraq, and their recently deceased Shadow Director in Iraq, Dale Stoffel, the full set of nine videos, their translation into English documents, and the pictures of all documents and evidences that are mentioned in the nine videos are now accumulated in one place in the previous April 2, 2005 posting of this Blog. The ninth video details the Memorandum of Understanding on the splitting of the profits, with Ahmad Chalabi's cousin, Ghazi Alawi, playing an active part with an extended palm. I had wondered why Ghazi returned to Iraq with Ahmad behind American tanks, having bidding them both farewell back in Septemeber 1958 when Ahmad's father spirited them (along with their other cousin Mahdi Al-Bassam) one morning from Baghdad College high school directly to London.Rebuilding Iraq- Operation Iraqi Freedom ... with many Abu Ghraib Prison(s)