Friday, July 22, 2005

The unseen Abu Ghraib photos

Thanks to the legal work of the CCR, the ACLU and other concerned groups working through Freedom of Information Act channels, today was supposed to have brought about the release of the Abu Ghraib photos the public has yet to see. You know, the rest of the pictures that nearly made members of Congress sick when the complete collection was privately shown in May of 2004? Some examples of those photos include:

  • Soldiers forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing

  • A male MP guard having sex with a female detainee

  • Prison guards threatening male detainees with rape

  • Prison guards sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick. (The army report neglects to mention that the aforementioned detainee was under 17 years old)

  • So why haven't these new photos hit the media wires and Internet like a napalm bomb today? It would seem the Bush Administration has seen fit to make sure those other photos never see daylight again.

    From the CCR site:

    In June, the government requested and received an extension from the judge stating that they needed time in order to redact the faces of the men, women and children believed to be shown in the photographs and videos. They were given until today to produce the images, but at the eleventh hour filed a motion to oppose the release of the photos and videos, based on an entirely new argument: they are now requesting a 7(F) exemption from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act to withhold law enforcement-related information in order to protect the physical safety of individuals. Today’s move is the latest in a series of attempts by the government to keep the images from being made public and to cover up the torture of detainees in U.S. custody around the world.

    Busy little psychopaths, aren't they?

    EDIT 7/25/2005: Don't be fooled by Republican lies. This is not a few 'bad apples'. This is not an aberration. This is consistent policy on the part of the White House, both in Iraq and in Afghanistan, policy on open and unmoderated torture that Cheney and others are currently fighting with Congress to keep.

    This is not what America stands for.


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