Thursday, May 28, 2009

President Obama needs to release those photos NOW

Have you ever been reading something and suddenly felt the bottom of your stomach drop out?

The idea that soldiers have been possibly raping prisoners in Abu Ghraib is one of those things.

From the Daily Telegraph :
Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.

Allegations of rape and abuse were included in his 2004 report but the fact there were photographs was never revealed. He has now confirmed their existence in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

Maj Gen Taguba, who retired in January 2007, said he supported the President’s decision, adding: “These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency.

“I am not sure what purpose their release would serve other than a legal one and the consequence would be to imperil our troops, the only protectors of our foreign policy, when we most need them, and British troops who are trying to build security in Afghanistan.

“The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it.”

I don’t know what’s worse: knowing people were raped for “my freedom,” knowing that this was known in 2004 but we just didn’t want to hear it at the time, or knowing President Obama has these photos and won’t release them.

All of it makes me sick.

(I'd also like to ask Major General Antonio Taguba why a legal reason isn't reason enough.)

Update: looks like the Obama administration is denying the rape and sexual abuse allegations. Too bad we have little reason to trust that they’re telling the truth.

I guess that’s what comes from having a government that is willing to publicly acknowledge that they are willing to keep information from its citizens for the “better good.”

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