No no, this is not Playboy Shoot ( “The Women of Abu Ghraib – Ready to Whip You Into Action”). A last years edition.has ordered the next round of Abu Ghraib photos to be released to the public. I’m sure this year’s calendar of photos will be just as exciting as
The army didn’t want these photos released for fear of the safety of the troops. And I personally don’t blame them for trying. I imagine the public outcry will be fierce and violence in Iraq will stir up considerably.
So do I support the release of the photos? Absolutely.
This is not a case of accidents or mistake. This was just torture. This was just boredom. As one soldier put it, it ‘was sport’. Though, I imagine we won that game, despite being the visiting team. The ACLU fought for their release, and it looks promising that they’ll get their way.
Look, war is hell, that’s for sure. But our soldiers shouldn’t be involved or condone the raping of little boys. I know I’m old fashion, but these types of torture chambers are so middle ages.
But we’ve learned a lot of good intelligence on where Osama is… we’ll find him any day now.
Update: This helps shed light on one soldier’s attempts at going through the standard chain of command to end the abuse. He described the mentality of the abuse as the following:
“They wanted intel,” said a sergeant, one of the ordinary, untrained grunts pressed into duty as interrogation muscle. “As long as no [captives] came up dead, it happened. We kept it to broken arms and legs” — sometimes with baseball bats, and occasionally augmented by scalding naked prisoners with burning chemicals. The soldiers learned their “stress techniques” from CIA interrogators, dropping into Iraq from their “unleashed” torture centers in Afghanistan, Diego Garcia and points unknown.
But of course they didn’t always “keep it” to broken arms and legs. Fishback, who had been trying desperately to get his superiors to act on the atrocities he’d witnessed himself, discovered that a captive had been “interrogated” to death.
So apparently the detainees have important information, but not so important that killing them and losing this intel forever is a big deal.