By Dahr Jamail
".....The term "haji" is used by U.S. soldiers in Iraq to degrade and dehumanise the Iraqi people.
Viges, like others who spoke, said that U.S. troops routinely detained innocent people during home raids.
"We never went on the right raid where we got the right house, much less the right person -- not once," he said.
He also said it was common practice for troops to take photographs as "war trophies"......
The panel on the "Rules of Engagement" (ROE) during the first full day of the gathering, named "Winter Soldier" to honour a similar gathering 30 years ago of veterans of the Vietnam War, was held in front of a visibly moved audience of several hundred, including veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. Winter soldiers, according to U.S. founding father Thomas Paine, are the people who stand up for the soul of their country, even in its darkest hours...."