May 15 2009
(NOT) New Iraq ‘prisoner abuse’ photographs surface in Australia.
Washington, May 15 (ANI): Graphic photographs of alleged prisoner abuse in Iraq have surfaced in spite of the Obama administration trying its level best to halt its release.
The images emerged from Australia yesterday where they were originally obtained by the channel SBS in 2006 in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal.
The (hardly) ‘shocking’ images of inmates in Iraq and Afghanistan were published just a day after Obama announced plans for a legal battle stop them ever being seen.
According to The Telegraph, one picture showed a prisoner hung up upside down while another showed a naked man smeared in excrement standing in a corridor with a guard standing menacingly in front of him. Another prisoner is handcuffed to the window frame of his cell with underpants pulled over his head.
Others show military guards threatening to sexually assault a detainee with a broomstick and hooded prisoners on transport planes with Playboy magazines opened to pictures of nude women on their laps.
The president’s change of heart brought bitter criticism from the left wingers and the American Civil Liberties Union, which had brought a freedom of information case against the US government applying to see the pictures.
“It is true that these photos would be disturbing. The day we are no longer disturbed by such repugnant acts would be a sad one,” said Anthony Romero, executive director…
So it turns out that these may or may not be the photographs in question.
They are leftovers from what the SBC TV station had back in 2006.
And what torture?
Men hanging upside down? Excrement-throwing prisoners getting a taste of their own medicine? Playboy magazines? Panties on heads again? Oh my!
Gee, I don’t recall the Muslim world getting all bent out of shape over this photo of beheaded American civilian Nick Berg hanging out for all to see in Baghdad.
Beheading of Nick Berg, American Contractor
In a horrific display of barbarism, a masked person claiming to be Abu Mus’ad Al Zarqawi slaughtered American contractor Nick Berg. Sitting in a chair, Berg made the following statement: “My name is Nick Berg, my father’s name is Michael, my mother’s name is Susan,” the man said on the video. “I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in … Philadelphia.”
The video then changes to a scene of masked men, with Berg sitting in front of them. After reading a statement, the masked men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” – “God is great.” They then held the head out before the camera.