Monday, 3 October 2005

US Troops Trade Images of Dead Iraqis for Porn

You've read that right folks, maybe read it again and again. If in doubt sources are here, here, here and here. Enjoy. I hope you fucking choke. And if you want to see the pictures they are all up and online here with more being added every day. I love being on the same side as the good guys.

And it's not done yet. Unless you've had your head up your ass and you're more worried about what's going to happen in the next episode of 'Desperate Housewives' you'll know that clearance was given by a judge for yet more disgusting images of prisoner torture in Abu Ghraib to be released; much to the US government's chagrin.

The man we have to thank is U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein who rejected crass US government arguments that: "the images would provoke terrorists and incite violence against U.S. troops in Iraq". What rubbish, the troops are doing that themselves. Judge Hellerstein said: "terrorists do not need pretexts for their barbarism...our nation does not surrender to blackmail, and fear of blackmail is not a legally sufficient argument to prevent us from performing a statutory command" Of course Hellerstein's ruling was appealed by the US government, which could delay release for months but they will come out and we will once again shake our heads in disbelief at all the hypocrisy of this futile war.

Now don't get me wrong, to me war is war and having fucking rules and Geneva conventions is pure fantasy; who an earth fights fair? We live in a world built on corruption, greed and taking advantage of others for the advancement of oneself; so why an earth shouldn't troops on any side torture one another and take pics of dead civilians blown to bits? What fucks me off is the hypocrisy, the idea that there are still good guys and bad guys, that war can be 'clean' and decent, that the good guys never do anything wrong apart from shoot the baddies and have a cold beer after.

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17 comments:

  1. I will slip on a cricket jumper and start a tunnel.....Just like the good old day of war!

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  2. That's right Barnze, when we all fought like gentlemen...

    *cough*

    A time that never existed.

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  3. Good! I hope everyone who voted for Bush has to see the pictures of what our "compassionate" president allows to happen to other human beings.

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  4. That makes me want to vomit. I'd love to know what the Bush administration is going to do about THIS one. Most likely, nothing. They have the press in their pocket. The press is too frightened of being cut out of the loop to ever sell-out Bush. I've never seen anything like it.

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  5. I just spent ten minutes reading that forum site and I should be shocked but I'm not.

    Posted below pictures are comments like "whoooaaa that's fucking awsome" - what prick writes that sort of thing?

    The best bit of hypocrisy is pictures of that British soldier on fire and people are like "is he really brittish, this picture offends me" - So it's good enough to see an Iraqi's face in a dish (really) but not ok to see a british troop on fire. Fucked up.

    Yet if anyone tries to aruge the toss with them you get the usal reponse.

    - we're only there cause 'uncle sam' is the only one who can do the job right.

    - it's not about the oil

    - all the iraqi dead are/where terrorists.

    - we'd all be speaking German if it wasn't for them.

    Fucked Up

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  6. I really don't know what to add here. There are reasons why I abhor the idea of war, and these pictures just give more examples as to why. Too many Americans care less about the realities of war, torture, poverty, and pain. . . Sometimes I wish I could be one of them.

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  7. Merk: good comment, the arguements you quote are as upsetting as they are predictable.

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  8. Have you read 'the men who stare at goats'. There are men high up in the US military who believe they can walk through walls. Seriously. They try, and fail, to walk through walls on a regular basis. These are very senior US army people. And they are barking mad. Nothing about the war can surprise me any more. Just one more general that has smacked his head against a wall once to often.

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  9. Always meant to read that book. Now I think I will.

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  10. A wise man once wrote:

    "War war is stupid
    And people are stupid
    And love means nothing
    In some strange quarters"

    I think it's great that modern technology is being used in such a productive way. It's not until you've seen some dead bloke splattered over the dust that you realise that we are just a big old bag o' meat.

    Scrummy...

    And do you think that war atrocities weren't ever photographed before? Ever since the Box Brownie, the cameraman has been on the field capturing this stuff. The only thing that has changed is that censorship no longer applies and people can actually see this barbarity, which is important. No one ever saw the pictures and so no one ever got outraged.

    When my grandfather used to write home from WWII, the MoD (or some Home Office minion) used to censor great slabs of his writings with a black stamp. Photographs would be destroyed in case it gave away their locations to the Hun.

    The shroud of ignorance has fallen. Welcome to the new morality.

    And if you really want to piss in your handbag with rage, you must all pay a visit to www.ogrish.com which does a pretty good job of scaring you liberal pansies. :-)

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  11. My thoughts on the subject from BurnedoutParanoidDemocrat

    Cranky Yankee said...
    ....bound and gagged and thrown into a foot-locker....

    But, I knew I wasn't going to be beaten/suffocated to death.

    I'm not condoning what these animals did, but I just want to say that I know first hand that in the heat of the moment it is very easy for your humanity to slip away. Deep in our genetic programming there is a savage capable of unspeakable horror. It is in those instances where societal norms should intervene. When those norms, that moral high-ground, are abandoned hope begins to fade. History has seen what happens when a society unleashes it's savage side..

    What is eqaully distressing is the casual attitude that it is Ok because these guys are "terrorists."

    9:47 AM, August 04, 2005

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  12. Acts like these will never put paid to comments like "US are stupid and dumb". That said, comments lke that miss the point completely. Our leaders, those claiming to be operating on behalf of the so-called free world, are the ones that are screwing the world up for us.

    Acts like these are not only manifestations of the soldier's who perpetrate these act's monumental hubris, but more significantly, that of the leaders who send them there in the first place...

    When will people ever learn that WAR will never solve anything, despite the fact that the Klausewitzian (sp?) precept of it being a "continuation of politics by other means" holds true for a majority of the neo-cons of this world...

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  13. The one set of pictures from nowthatsfuckedup.com showed a young person I thought to be American, due to the equipment being used in the emergency trauma intervention being applied.

    Although the wound seems horrifying, the major structures in the face are intact, and the person will not require rhinoplasty (a "nose job"). Further, the jaw, cheeks and mandibles are in a state of integrity which, with the help of a good plastic surgeon, will see this person's face return to a "normal" look.

    I felt relief that this man would not need to face a life viewed as a monster, as many who have seen WWI photos of shell victims endured. Then, in the last picture, I realised the young man being worked on was an Iraqi, and felt bad for him, because there's no way he's going to get the operations he'd need to reconstruct his face.

    Critics would say he should be happy American medical personnel are intervening, but won't his permanent deformations cause even greater traumas in future life? How far should America take its responsibility to this man's shattered face?

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  14. This is all beyond disgusting. And I agree with Cranky Yankee that people's attitudes are most disturbing. A lot of people have forgotten that the Iraqis were not responsible for this mess. Some of them are imprisoned for no reason, and we don't even know who they are.

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  15. Feel free to come and check it out if you get time :-)

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  16. Help me Dude, I think I'm lost..... I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw him in a car lot yesterday, which is really strange because the last time I saw him was in the supermarket. No honest really, he was right there in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender". He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a San Diego cosmetic surgery doctor ,to fit into those blue suede shoes of yours. But Elvis said in the Ghetto nobody can afford a San Diego plastic surgery doctor. Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger. Then I'm gonna go round and see Michael Jackson and we're gonna watch a waaaay cool make-over show featuring some Tijuana dentists on the TV in the back of my Hummer. And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . . "You give me love and consolation,
    You give me strength to carry on " Strange day or what? :-)

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