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DOD To Release ‘Prisoner Abuse’ Photos

From a positively walking on air Reuters:

Pentagon to release prisoner abuse probe photos

By Andrew Gray

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday it would release hundreds of photographs from investigations into prisoner abuse but insisted they did not reveal a policy of mistreatment.

The Obama administration’s commitment to release the pictures by May 28 could fan the flames of a political firestorm over the treatment of terrorism suspects and other detainees during George W. Bush’s presidency.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates voiced concern this week that publicizing details of U.S. interrogation practices and photographs of prisoner treatment could trigger a backlash against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The American Civil Liberties Union has spent years suing the government for the release of the pictures, which came from military investigations. The group said they showed prisoner abuse went far beyond well-known cases in Iraq and elsewhere.

"These photographs provide visual proof that prisoner abuse by U.S. personnel was not aberrational but widespread," said Amrit Singh, an ACLU lawyer. No details have yet been released of what the pictures show…

Yet another triumph for Mr. Obama and his America-hating allies in the ACLU and the Middle East.

And so what if some more American soldiers are killed because of it.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

35 Responses to “DOD To Release ‘Prisoner Abuse’ Photos”

  1. canary says:

    Is this another photo of a U.S. soldier’s training. Like the recent photo of a U.S. soldier in the orange jumpsuit, being water-boarded. The interrogation training our US soldiers go through in case of capture by the enemy? Of course we do not chop, break, tear, pull, or electricute body parts as the terrorists in other countries do.

  2. whitebred says:

    I bet that photo would send a thrill up Barney Franks leg

    • canary says:

      whitebred, your truthful observation is funnier than fiction. thanks for the laugh.

    • JohnMG says:

      Yep! That picture ranks right up there with making a videotape of sawing somebody’s head off with a dull knife. I can clearly see the similarities.

    • jobeth says:

      LOL…Bet those are Fwank’s panties….

      JohnMG…not to mention dragging American bodies through towns or hanging them off bridges….Of course how could that be abuse…they were dead.

      Sickening that the lefties find nothing to raise sand about where those things are concerned.

    • U NO HOO says:

      No, it is a lady’s panties.

      If the guy was wearing the panties, Barney would get a Matthews tingle.

    • jobeth says:

      U NO…I thought those were Fwank’s own panties….but thanks for setting me straight. LOL

    • U NO HOO says:

      Toooooooo small to be Barney’s, I bet.

  3. BillK says:

    Funny, I see no torture there.

    Silly me.

    Of course depending on whose panties those are, there are segments of the American population who would gladly pay to have that done to them,

    (In fact were the panties in the photo a bit lacier and more delicate, the photo above would be a candidate for a paid site. :-) )

  4. ptat says:

    I still can’t think of any greater torture than listening to the tortured logic of Obama (especially without Teleprompter), Reid, Pelosi or Frank.

    • catie says:

      Don’t forget that moron press secretary. Listening to that dunce is torture as well.
      So, the ACLU and the Obummer administration really don’t give a rats a$$ about those who are in harms way either in Iraq or Afghanistan be they military or covert ops. I pray every evening for those folks. These buffoons could care less. There’s a special place in hell for people like this who care more for the terrorists than their own countrymen or women. That includes Shep Smith too.

    • proreason says:

      catie: were you Catie, the California nurse who called into Mark Levin midway through his third hour today? Friday, Apr 24? If so, thanks for the call.

    • heykev says:

      catie – maybe I missed something, but why include Shep Smith in that special place in hell?

    • wardmama4 says:

      heykev- because whiny little Shep went on a verbal rampage – and dropped the F bomb – in his insistence that We are America and We don’t Torture.


      Film at 11:00.

    • JohnMG says:

      ….”We are America and We don’t Torture…..”

      Of course we do. We leave little dweebs (or is that SOB’s) like Shep on the air where somebody might accidentally stumble onto him and be exposed to his piercing intelligence.

      That’s definitely torture.

    • catie says:

      Proreason, no that wasn’t me. I’m actually a teacher by trade but a SAHM now and live in NOVA. I heard that call too. It was great wasn’t it? I had him on after the kids were in bed and I was mopping my floor.
      HeyKev, I guess you have seen the links and how he was ranting that he didn’t care who was saved we didn’t torture in “his” America. Apparently he even dropped the F-bomb (according to yesterdays Amanda Carpenter column in the Washington Times) while he was on with Trace Gallagher. I missed that but I caught his rants on his 1500 show. However, I would venture a guess that if something happened to Ole Miss and his precious Oxford, MS, and it was found later that someone could have prevented it with a little water spritz in the nose he’d be singing a different tune.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Ah, John – I still remember lil Shep crying while ‘reporting’ from the Chocolate City. It is seared, seared I tell you into my memory as to how frickin idiotic liberals are. There I f-bombed lil Shep.

      A pair of panties on the head, a caterpillar in a box, a head slap and water-boarding are not torture. Sorry the UN, the Treaties can claim all that they want – but when vile, hideous acts of violence ( should we say for example holding a girl child down to hack at her private parts with a dirty, dull knife in the ‘name’ of religion), not to mention little ditties (should we say for example Saddam branding an X into the forehead of criminals whose hand was chopped off to differentiate them from soldiers who lost their hands in combat) – the crappola whined about from the Left is bogus and is just another distraction, attempt to make the US not a sovereign Nation but part of a OneWorldOrder and to do it while lying (SanFranGranNan – ‘I did not know, was not told’ – lie) to destroy (not weaken, out right destroy) the US Armed Forces, US sovereignty, and in the end the US, is wrong, is treason, is sedition, is libel, is slander. And is a crime against America.

      I know water-boarding is not torture – my son went through it – big woo.

    • proreason says:

      Shep is the libwit who, AFTER the 2008 election, contemptuously claimed, on the air, that there is no liberal bias.

      He said………………strap yourself down before reading further………………………the media was only reflecting public opinion.

      Right, kinda like Pravda and the German press in the late 30’s.

    • jobeth says:

      In addition to being a sickening lib, I’ll bet ol’ Shep feels the heavy hot breath of Beck down the back of his neck in regards to his time slot!

      5PM is an awful time slot. People are still trying to fight their way home from work. By 6PM most are home…to see ol’ Shep’s brilliant leftist spew.

      Beck would be a better fit for ol’ Sheps slot. More people would watch for sure!

      Shep, be afraid, very afraid!!! :-D

    • heykev says:

      catie and everyone, thanks for letting me know about Shep!

    • proreason says:

      For all you Shep Smith fans out there, never ever say the man is unemotional:


      Kinda reminds me what Mrs. Reason says about my emotional range…it runs all the way from Anger to Fury.

  5. Douglas says:

    I’m betting that none of the “abuse” photos rise to the horror of having to use a gas station restroom in Montreal.

  6. IdahoGal says:

    So, when does the “T” word start to apply?

  7. U NO HOO says:

    I just thought of “Portnoy’s Complaint.”


  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    Hey!!! Those pictures are from the last o-blah-blah party at the Whitehouse!

    They’re just putting the spin on it in case somebody YouTubed it.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      By gosh! Don’t say anything but I think those are Mrs. o’s panties even .. about the right size.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Dear God MinnRush, that would constitute torture if they were MO’s panties!

  9. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    This picture is supposed to be indicative of the torture we inflicted? What the hell? When I used to play high school football a common prank in the locker room was to pull a used jock strap over someone’s head. Nobody was traumatized nor humiliated by it. Yeah, it was gross but it was guy humor and we dealt with it and without fail (including the victim) would later have a good laugh about it. Besides, how do we know this photo wasn’t taken during some frat house keg party?

  10. pdsand says:

    I read somewhere that in times gone by, the most written about event in history was the war of northern aggression. Then that was surpassed by 9/11, and I don’t know where Hurricane Katrina fits into this list. But basically all of the newspaper articles and books and editorializing and news coverage of these events was just enormous. It would fill entire libraries.
    I wonder how much print in newspapers, books, court records, transcripts of congressional hearings and other official records has been wasted on the question of whether or not the U.S. tortured someone or a bunch of people during the years after 9/11. How much time and money wasted on this thing that basically boils down to a politicized interpretation of the geneva conventions and the U.S. law?

    • proreason says:

      There were more than 50 front-page stories about Abu Ghraib in the Slimes.

      It was equivalent to a high-school prank, and the pranksters were punished, properly, with prison sentences.

      At the same thime, unknown to anybody, the radical left plotted a takeover of the US government, and now we see the consequences. It went entirely unreported.

  11. proreason says:

    CIA agents not fully on board with HopeyChangey yet. From Steve’s friend Jake Tapper [at ABC News]:

    Obama Administration to Release Detainee Abuse Photos

    … Singh added that the photographs “only underscore the need for a criminal investigation and prosecution if warranted” of U.S. officials responsible for the harsh treatment of detainees.

    But some experts say the move could have a chilling effect on the CIA even beyond President Obama’s decision last week to release the so-called “torture memos.”

    Calling the ACLU push to release the photographs “prurient” and “reprehensible,” Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production, tells ABC News that the Obama administration should have taken the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

    “They should have fought it all the way; if they lost, they lost,” said Lowenthal, who retired from the Agency in 2005. “There’s nothing to be gained from it. There’s no substantive reason why those photos have to be released.”

    Lowenthal said the president’s moves in the last week have left many in the CIA dispirited, based on “the undercurrent I’ve been getting from colleagues still in the building, or colleagues who have left not that long ago.”

    “We ask these people to do extremely dangerous things, things they’ve been ordered to do by legal authorities, with the understanding that they will get top cover if something goes wrong,” Lowenthal says. “They don’t believe they have that cover anymore.” Releasing the photographs “will make it much worse,” he said.

    Even though President Obama has announced that the Justice Department will not prosecute CIA officers who were operating within the four corners of what they’d been told was the law, Lowenthal says members of the CIA are worried. “They feel exposed already, and this is going to increase drumbeat for an investigation or a commission” to explore detainee treatment during the Bush years, he said. “It’s going to make it much harder to resist, and they fear they’re then going to be thrown over.” …


    Geez, what does it take to persuade some people.

    Dear Leader has told the agents not to worry, as long as they operated “within the four corners of the law”.

    And who better to adjudicate that than the fairest man on the planet, Dear Leader himself?

    To think, we have been entrusting our security to these weak-kneed anti-Hopenchange zealots for 7 years 7 months and 13 days. Boy did we get lucky.

    But now, we have the smartest man in the world looking out for us….as long as the miniions stay within the “four corners of the law”.

  12. CKP says:

    At least those panties are transparent, just like the Obama administration.

  13. canary says:

    He insisted on his U.S. Constitutional Rights; the covering of his head and face according to his religious beliefs. They were playing bad cop, good cop, interrogations tactic. Bad cop told him they were out of hench hoods and burques. Female soldier playing good cop role, pretended compassion and sacrificing her own military issued underwear for him, giving him peace.

    That’s why there are no bruises, cuts, welts, scrapes, or missing body parts.

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