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  • Friday, February 17, 2006

    CNN - Not bothered about torture, just the photos

    I've found it rather interesting when reading various reports on all the torture and abuse scandals, that some media outlets would rather attack the fact that the acts of torture and abuse committed have been filmed or photographed. Their attitude appears to be that they're not really bothered about the torture and abuse, they don't care if it happens, just don't film, or take photos of the criminal acts. Antiwar.com has picked up on this:

    But, according to CNN's Starr, the real transgression was that some soldiers documented the torture in violation of "U.S. military law and practice." In a report later in the morning, Starr returned to her outrageous characterization of the "scandal," beginning her report: "As we look at a couple of the photographs, let's remind people that why these are so inappropriate. Under U.S. military law and practice and procedure, you simply cannot take photographs – as we're going to show you some of them right now. You cannot take photographs of people in detention, in humiliating positions, positions that are abusive in any way, shape or form. The only pictures that are ever allowed of people in U.S. military detention would be pictures for documentation purposes. And, clearly, these pictures are not that. That is the whole issue that has been at the root of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, that it was abusive, the practices in which soldiers engaged in."

    CNN's message to "our boys who can do no wrong" - Torture at will, just don't be so daft as to record your crimes.
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    4 Comments:

    At 2/17/2006 01:14:00 pm, Blogger Jez said...

    Question is, why does military law forbid documenting humiliation of prisoners? Is it because the military knows it is illegal?

     
    At 2/17/2006 01:58:00 pm, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    Most likely the answer to that question is yes, Jez.

    Remember the uproar a while ago when those images of American troops held in Iraq were broadcast?

     
    At 2/17/2006 09:21:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    The sentiment that I've heard from a good number of right-wing state-worshippers is that it's a disgrace that the photos were ever published and never should have been because they endanger the guilty party that not only took the pictures but carried out the acts in them in the first place. They are a funny lot. Usually they want criminals to be brutally punished. It's only when the guilty party is the enforcer do they have a concept of leniency.

     
    At 2/18/2006 09:47:00 am, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    Indeed, DJEB. They fail to be consistent on this matter, and when you have media outlets basically saying that it's ok to torture and abuse but not to take photos of the crimes, then it just plays into their hands.

     

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