February 16, 2006

More snaps from Abu Ghraib - General - News - smh.com.au

These are not for the weak of heart. If blood makes you queasy then then don't view these photos. If you want to see the truth of American policy then click.
More snaps from Abu Ghraib - General - News - smh.com.au: "Some of the 60 previously unpublished photographs that the US Government has been fighting to keep secret in a court case with the American Civil Liberties Union."
About 15 of the pictures are available in this slideshow. This is what happens when you abandon your principals and decided that it is important to win at any cost. The same mentality that encourages this behavior leads to warrantless domestic spying. The really sad thing is that most experienced interrogators will tell you that this type of torture does not help get accurate information from prisoners. It gets you whatever the prisoner thinks you want so you will stop the toture.
I will grant that these photos are not recent. They were taken several years ago and yet reports circulating as late as Monday indicate that this was not an isolated incident and that inhumane treatment of prisoners may still be going on at Guantanamo Bay.


At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about posting a link to the decapitation video of a non combatant from the same time period? Or the reaction of Muslims to the Danish cartoons?

It should also be noted that the UN report is from the UN Commission on Human Rights. They refused to actually visit Gitmo, and the commission includes such illustrious defenders of human rights as Argentina and Cuba. The Red Cross has had access to Gitmo and the prisoners there.

We should also consider the aftermath of Abu Graib - when higher authorities became aware of problems, the US investigated and punished the responsible parties. How does that compare to the institutionalized physical torture that routinely took place in Iraq during Saddam's regime?

Gitmo is not a nice place, but neither were the Japanese interment camps created by FDR. If you release the people in Gitmo, they go back to the battlefield. Not a good idea.

Abu Ghraib pictures from 3 years ago are being used to make a political point, and stir up opposition to the war. The contrast should be the other prisons in the world where pictures aren't taken, and the torture is not emotional, but physical, and the end is death, not release and prosecution of bad guards.

At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bag on your head is lot better than no head at all.



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