In a major story today, London’s Daily Telegraph quoted Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba describing photos (that the Obama administration is fighting to keep secret), which allegedly depict US personnel raping prisoners, other sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube. “These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency,” Taguba said. Put that statement against this one from the president: In defending his decision to fight the ACLU in its efforts to have the photos publicly released, Obama said on May 13, “I want to emphasize that these photos that were requested in this case are not particularly sensational.”Scahill goes on to report that the White House is attempting to diss the messenger: Maj Gen Taguba.
Recently, you've been reading about the guilty verdict - and life sentence - of Steven Green for rape and murder. He's just one of many - not just the proverbial 'bad apple.' Rape, murder and pillage are endemic in Iraq and part of the US military culture; from Ten Percent:
We know they murdered, we know they pillaged, we know they raped, we know they took pictures. We know the Whitehouse under any administration protects the criminals, not least because they ordered it. Does Obama look so noble when he is covering this up. They have studiously avoided the pictures of the women who were raped, much harder to maintain the heroic troop myth necessary for continual imperial aggression when they are women battering rapists.
Photos: Abu Ghraib prison, 2004 (AFP)