Paul Albert Bartholome, Crying Girl
By Duncan Gardham and Paul Cruickshank
Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.
Maj Gen Taguba, who retired in January 2007, said he supported the President’s decision, adding: “These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency.
“I am not sure what purpose their release would serve other than a legal one and the consequence would be to imperil our troops, the only protectors of our foreign policy, when we most need them, and British troops who are trying to build security in Afghanistan.
Allegations of rape and abuse were included in his 2004 report but the fact there were photographs was never revealed. He has now confirmed their existence in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
“The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it.”
For the last blog post on this story:
Jason Leopold, Truthout: “In 2007, shortly after he was forced into retirement, Army Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba made a startling admission. During the course of his investigation into the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Taguba said he saw ‘a video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female detainee.'”
The Telegraph/UK’s story above will have quite an impact. First, let’s pray for the safety of all those concerned. Second, it is time to connect the dots between torture and our financial situation.
Do we want the government to continue to borrow money? Do we want our money market accounts, bank CD’s and Treasury securities to hold their value? What about our insurance policies?
If we don’t want to use force to command global resources, what is our plan?
Are you ready to push the red button, if it would stop the torture?