So Obama is concerned if the public found out just how low US “techniques” for the treatment of alleged criminals go, the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan might be at a greater risk of getting attacked?
What exactly is he withholding that we haven’t seen yet? So there’s still worse than those pictures made public by US troops themselves?
Lyndie England on her morning walk…
Does withholding the pictures at this point really make sense if “Abu Ghraib” has already become the international yardstick for how wrong a military mission can go? Why is Obama defending his predecessors’ blunders, gross negligence and outright crimes against humanity?
Besides, if you haven’t seen the photos, how about a re-enactment to help your imagination?
As Seymour Hersh reports…
Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees; pouring cold water on naked detainees; beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair; threatening male detainees with rape; allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell; sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick, and using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee. […]
The photographs tell it all. In one, Private England, a cigarette dangling from her mouth, is giving a jaunty thumbs-up sign and pointing at the genitals of a young Iraqi, who is naked except for a sandbag over his head, as he masturbates. Three other hooded and naked Iraqi prisoners are shown, hands reflexively crossed over their genitals. A fifth prisoner has his hands at his sides. In another, England stands arm in arm with Specialist Graner; both are grinning and giving the thumbs-up behind a cluster of perhaps seven naked Iraqis, knees bent, piled clumsily on top of each other in a pyramid. There is another photograph of a cluster of naked prisoners, again piled in a pyramid. Near them stands Graner, smiling, his arms crossed; a woman soldier stands in front of him, bending over, and she, too, is smiling. Then, there is another cluster of hooded bodies, with a female soldier standing in front, taking photographs. Yet another photograph shows a kneeling, naked, unhooded male prisoner, head momentarily turned away from the camera, posed to make it appear that he is performing oral sex on another male prisoner, who is naked and hooded. […]