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Thursday, September 29, 2005

In Exchange for Its Cooperation, the Pentagon Will Receive Free Porn for Life 

We hope this judge has better luck than the last one:
Pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison must be released despite government claims that they could damage America's image, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan have proven they ``do not need pretexts for their barbarism'' . . . .

Gen. Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, had maintained in court papers that releasing the photographs would aid al-Qaida recruitment, weaken the Afghan and Iraqi governments and incite riots against U.S. troops.

Hellerstein said in his 50-page opinion that he respected Myers' arguments. But he added that his job was ``not to defer to our worst fears, but to interpret and apply the law, in this case, the Freedom of Information Act, which advances values important to our society, transparency and accountability in government'' . . . .

ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero called it historic. ``While no one wants to see what's on the photos or videos, they will play an essential role in holding our government leaders accountable for the torture that's happened on their watch,'' he said.
The Anthony Romero scorecard: one sentence, three clauses, two risibly naive assertions.

SIDEBAR: As you certainly know, blogworld is belatedly atwitter about the story our BARBARic colleague Generik started flogging a month ago; even the mainstream papers are finally jumping on board. If Pentagon officials are really worried about aiding Al Qaeda recruitment and inciting riots aagainst U.S. troops, how must they feel about a website, open to the public, where Iraqi citizens and chronic masturbators alike can view trophy photos of mangled corpses, posted for shits 'n' giggles by American servicemen, under the captions "Die Haji Die," "Cooked Iraqi," "Name This Body Part," "Nice Puss/Bad Foot"?

Hey, not a problem.

Fortunately, we have an unshakable faith in our military leaders' deep and abiding humanity; otherwise we might suspect that they were secretly pleased to see NowThatsFuckedUp.com attracting thousands of hits a day. To its growing audience of connoisseurs, the latest round of atrocity photos from Abu Ghraib will no doubt seem disappointingly tame by comparison.

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