Is There a Need for Abu Ghraib II Photos

Abu Ghraib

icon_digg Several weeks ago I was trapped in dense traffic on the highway heading home and after a thirty minute wait or so, discovered there had been an accident involving a car and motorcycle.  The motorcyclist had been killed and the car badly damaged, but what made the accident so horrific was the biker had been dismembered and body parts littered the highway.

There really was nothing to see and the bystanders couldn’t have aided in any way to the victim or driver of the car, in order to console the driver; so why were about fifty people standing around – gawking at the remains of the deceased victim?

I guess this same question comes to mind when I learn of additional, “new” photographs showing U.S. troops abusing Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.  Why?

Yes, America needs to know what took place there five years ago, under our control, and who was responsible, which to my understanding has already been established with the military torturers held accountable for there actions.

If there’s more to investigate, then let’s continue and reopen the case, and should some of these “new” photos oroduce additional details – OK perhaps release those images, but let’s put this behind us and move on to correcting our laws and policies to prevent something like this ever happening again.

In an article published on the web by TIME, entitle: “The Next Detainee Photo Scandal: Get Ready for Abu Ghraib, Act II”, authored by Mark Thompson; we find an organization, which I firmly support, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and a strong advocate for the aforementioned photos to be released.

Rarely I do not disagree with the ACLU; and even more rarely do I find myself in agreement with Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who also supports with me that these pictures should not be released.

Here’s what is backing my objection, as quoted from the article:

So the debate boils down to what’s worse: the outrageous behavior by some American troops, or the prospect of angering Muslims that could endanger U.S. troops in southwest Asia. The question is especially pointed just as U.S. troop reinforcements, ordered up by President Obama, are now beginning to arrive in Afghanistan to battle Islamic Taliban forces. At the same time, his Administration is trying to keep neighboring Pakistan, and its nuclear weapons, from falling under the control of Muslim militants.

So what’s my point:

Our military is stretched thin around the world and I feel most caring Americans know what happened inside the walls of Abu Ghraib, so lets not be blood thirsty enough to satisfy our own selfish desires while possibly placing members of our armed forces at risk or preventing a delay in peace by exposing these photographs.

For reference the following:

Torture at Abu Ghraib
The New Yorker | May 10, 2004

The Abu Ghraib Scandal You Don’t Know
TIME | Feb. 07, 2005

The Complete List of Congressional Leaders Briefed on Torture (pdf)

Related Blog Postings:

The Torturous 13

Related Newswire Articles on Abu Ghraib

Change Starts by Correcting the Past

The Toughest Decision a President has to make

Torturing Democracy – The Film

Former Abu Ghraib commander on torture report 22 Apr 09

Janis Karpinski, the former commander of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison who was demoted in the wake of the revelations of abuse there, tells Al Jazeera about her reaction to a report that says senior Bush administration officials were involved in approving torture.

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