More photos of prisoner “abuse” surface from Iraq. These are five images that were lifted from google cache apparently. I’d hit archive.org and see if the system has them all cached if I could be bothered to sift through a million search results. I quote the word abuse because the images that are shown are pretty much a non-event. These aren’t anything along the lines of the Abu Ghraib photos, and they don’t appear to be very abusive… a bunch of military guys smiling and happy that they caught the bad guys. There’s evidence of fighting, and injury to the prisoners, but nothing that would surprise me after being shot at, or having mortars explode nearby.
What I find more worrying is the comments provided by servicemen and others…
From: Bernie (Dec 04, 2004 11:15 PST)
By undermining our troops and publishing these photos you have again chosen the side of terrorism. I for one am proud of these American heroes.
From: NICE PHOTO (Dec 04, 2004 11:46 PST)
I WISH I COULD SHAKE THAT MAN’S HAND GOOD JOB TEAM
From: GOOD JOB TEAM MEMBERS (Dec 04, 2004 11:44 PST)
WE WONDER WHY WE ARE GETTING OUR MEN KILLED IN THAT GOD FORSAKEN LAND ITS BECAUSE WE DONT LET THEM DO THERE JOB PROPERLY .WE WANT TO CRITIZES THERE TACITICES AND TIE THERE HANDS FROM DOING THE JOB THEY’RE TRAINED TO DO . SO THE MEDIA NEED TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LET OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE FIGHTING OVER IN THAT SHIT HOLE DO THERE JOB. SO WHAT IF HE IS POINTING A GUN IN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY, HE IS THE ENEMY RIGHT?
The problem I have with the defensive comments is that these same people wouldn’t be very happy if those hooded and beaten looking people were Americans and the people smiling and holding the guns were the terrorists. They’d be talking about kicking ass and killing all of those terrorist bastards who were abusing good American boys.
I think my favourite word from Mr. CAPS LOCK if “TACITICES.”
Let’s not forget that it’s against Navy regulations to photograph prisoners except to document their capture for official purposes. Snapshots are illeagal, and could cause the offender to be subject to discipline including, apparently, court martial, prison, and dishonourable discharge.