The 7 days Follow Up – Torture of Children at Abu Graib
or “Government Defies an Order to Release Iraq Abuse Photos”
“And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea”
For the two of you who read this regularly, you’l be aware of my previous blog, entiled 7 days, relating my feelings about the upcoming release of evidence (video plus some 1000 photos) regarding the torture of not only men and women, but children, at Abu Graib in Iraq.
As you may not know, the goverment has now refused to release said evidence.
And here’s why.
These images are artist renderings taken from a German television magazine, of which i first became of aware from this entry at dailykos.com.
To quote the original post,”These are pictures of what Bush does not want you to see. These are taken from a German newsmagazine show. This is what Bush is hiding from the American people”.
After doing a bit more research, i found this transcript from the original German TV program.
And here’s more for you, from the New York Times. I will post the beginning of the article as registration is required.
Government Defies an Order to Release Iraq Abuse Photos
By KATE ZERNIKE
Published: July 23, 2005
Lawyers for the Defense Department are refusing to cooperate with a federal judge’s order to release secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
The lawyers said in a letter sent to the federal court in Manhattan late Thursday that they would file a sealed brief explaining their reasons for not turning over the material, which they were to have released by yesterday.
The photographs were some of thousands turned over by Specialist Joseph M. Darby, the whistle-blower who exposed the abuse at Abu Ghraib by giving investigators computer disks containing photographs and videos of prisoners being abused, sexually humiliated and threatened with growling dogs.
The small number of the photographs released in spring 2004 provoked international outrage at the American military.
In early June, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of Federal District Court in Manhattan ordered the release of the additional photographs, part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to determine the extent of abuse at American military prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba….
If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.