Sunday, July 24, 2005

Pentagon Blocks Release of Abu Ghraib Images: Here's Why (editor and publisher)

(Seymour Hersh has been talking about this for more than a year:
Monday, May 10th, 2004
Seymour Hersh: Knowledge of Prisoner Abuse Investigation "Severely and Unusually Restricted"
--brook)


By Greg Mitchell
Published: July 23, 2005 6:00 PM ET

NEW YORK
So what is shown on the 87 photographs and four videos from Abu Ghraib prison that the Pentagon, in an eleventh hour move, blocked from release this weekend? One clue: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Congress last year, after viewing a large cache of unreleased images: 'I mean, I looked at them last night, and they're hard to believe.%u201D They show acts 'that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane,' he added.
A Republican Senator suggested the same day they contained scenes of %u201Crape and murder.%u201D No wonder Rumsfeld commented then, 'If these are released to the public, obviously it's going to make matters worse.'

Yesterday, news emerged that lawyers for the Pentagon had refused to cooperate with a federal judge's order to release dozens of unseen photographs and videos from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by Saturday. The photos were among thousands turned over by the key %u201Cwhistleblower%u201D in the scandal, Specialist Joseph M. Darby. Just a few that were released to the press sparked the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal last year, and the video images are said to be even more shocking. "

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