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Torturing for peace…

… over bags of milk powder. Or just because…

Remember when the US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan were made out to be the bad brutes, and the British troops were said to take the smarter, more humane approach?

These are some of the pictures of British “interrogation techniques” that the Spanish daily El País features on its website, referring to a report in The Guardian, but that one doesn’t have the same juicy pictures El País has put online.

Just a few impressions of how noble a cause the Brits have been fighting in Iraq (and who knows where else.)

Marck Cooley (25) threatening to punch an Iraqi prisoner, who in turn is tied up with a coarse net, presumably to induce “anxiety and disorientation,” as recommended by the manual.

And a similar position, this time with the added bonus of having British army Darren Larkin standing on top of the alleged milk powder thief.

Apparently this has been said to be a British soldier simulating a kick into the bundle that is supposed to be another British soldier. I have my doubts. Make that “you have got to be shitting me.” It’s the same bloke as in the other two pictures.

Speaking of shitting someone… There’s no better way of getting your suspect to open up to you than if you make him poke out his bum for another to ‘hit him from the back’, all the while you’re taking pictures (and cracking one off with the other hand, presumably.) These and similar scenes of prisoners forced to perform oral sex on each other testify to the kind of freedom and human rights the troops are dedicated to.

And now watch Tony Blair in his post-office self-congratulatory pensiveness looking back onto all the right choices he’s made. This isn’t exclusively about the wars, but one wonders how a man can stand behind all this and still show his mug on the telly. Not that others weren’t doing the same, but isn’t Tony Blair the official envoy to the Middle East peace process on behalf of The Quartet (US, Russia, EU and UN)? Excellent choice, gentlemen. Who could top his kind of street cred?

Tony Blair talks to Sir David Frost in “Frost over the World”

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What happened in Abu Ghraib stays in Abu Ghraib…

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?

Obama defends abuse photos U-Turn (English)

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?

abughraibleashLyndie 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…

Torture at Abu Ghraib – The New Yorker

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. […]

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So… what’s going on in the world?

Doing some channel hopping…

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