Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

The face of the occupation just got uglier.

Tonight, CBS' 60 Minutes Two aired allegations -- supported by numerous photographs and witnesses -- that document numerous cases of torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners inside Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. (If you go to the site mentioned above, you'll find a link for "Free Video" at the top of the article which shows some of these pictures.)

Amongst the photographs were pictures of prisoners with wires attached to their genitals, prisoners stacked in a pyramid, prisoners forced to simulate oral sex on others, and prisoners who appear to have been beaten to death.

The New York Times is now covering this story. A total of 17 soldiers, including a brigadier general, have been removed from duty as a result, and Court-Martials are in the works for at least six soldiers. At least one of those charged blames the military for staffing the prison with reservists, not providing them with procedures for running the facility, and not educating them on the proper treatment of prisoners.

More bad and potentially inflammatory news at a bad time. The pictures are already circulating out there and other articles are already in the works, so it's a safe bet that the pictures will be broadcast on Arab television very shortly -- just like they were on CBS.

Damn that Al Jazeera, with its words and its photos and its newfangled moving pictures of things which allegedly happen! Why are they so obsessed with Iraq anyway? It just causes trouble. Why don't they show pictures of fresh paint drying in Iraqi schools instead?

An Iraqi prisoner who was told to stand on a box with his head covered and wires attached to his hands. According to witnesses, the prisoner was told that if he fell off the box, he would be electrocuted.

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