Skip to comments.More Abu Ghraib Images Could Harm Troops, Official Says
Posted on 02/15/2006 5:03:47 PM PST by SandRat
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2006 Publicizing more images depicting alleged abuse of detainees at Iraqi's Abu Ghraib prison could bring harm to U.S. servicemembers, a senior Defense Department official said here today. The release of more Abu Ghraib images "could only further inflame and possibly incite unnecessary violence in the world and would endanger our military men and women that are serving in places around the world," DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters.
"The abuses at Abu Ghraib have been fully investigated," Whitman said. "As you know, it's been the policy of this department - it has been and continues to be - that all detainees in our custody will be treated humanely."
Previously unpublished still and video images of alleged abuse of Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib prison were broadcast today on Australian television, according to media reports.
Whitman said he was aware of the reports, but noted he hasn't seen or evaluated the images in question.
"If we have something else to put out on this, we will," he told reporters.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has apologized to Iraqis who were abused by U.S. military members at Abu Ghraib. The secretary also has commented about the existence of additional, unpublished, still and video images that depict alleged abuse at Abu Ghraib.
There "are many more photographs and indeed, some videos," Rumsfeld told legislators during a May 2004 Senate hearing. Some members of Congress have viewed those images, which are said to be especially graphic.
Whitman said more than 25 people of both enlisted and commissioned rank were held accountable for criminal acts and other misconduct associated with prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib.
Army Spc. Joseph Darby brought the issue to the attention of U.S. authorities when he delivered digital images depicting the alleged crimes to a military detective at the prison in January 2004. The scandal erupted publicly in May that year.
"The images that were brought to the attention of the chain of command at Abu Ghraib were images that were part of the investigations and the prosecutions that occurred," Whitman said. He added he didn't have any specific information whether the images broadcast on Australian television were part of the group of Darby-provided images.
Whitman said some U.S. citizens have filed litigation under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain access to some 70 previously unpublished Abu Ghraib-related images.
The Abu Ghraib scandal prompted DoD to launch a comprehensive review of its worldwide detention operations, Whitman said. That review, he said, produced 600 separate criminal investigations and 200 prosecutions.
"When there have been abuses, this department has acted upon them promptly, investigated them thoroughly and, where appropriate, prosecuted individuals," Whitman said.
Absolutely. The MSM doesnt care if they harm American troops since theyre on the side of the terrorists. Fox News tonight revealed that the new images are related to the original images released during the initial Abu Graihb scandal and the troops implicated were in the process of being prosecuted. So heres the question: IF THEY COVER THIS OLD STORY, WHY WONT THEY COVER AL GORE IN SAUDI ARABIA TALKING ABOUT ARABS BEING ROUNDED UP AND HELD IN "DEPLORABLE" CONDITIONS? MSM: please respond.....
That's exactly what it looked like to me. You see idiots doing the same thing every week on "Cops." They bang their heads against the squad car window, then claim police brutality.
Jimmuh brought us the MEOW
MSM does not hesitate to publish these photos, but will not publish the Muslim cartoons. What a bunch of hypocrites!
Oh I fully undertand that they are anti-Military, anti-War, anti-Democracy, anti-American and fully support the Socialist Revolution. We need the 1918 Sedition Act back in force or at least GW to follow the Lincoln model and lock these scum up.
Your response is a perfect descripition of both an abject craven coward and an anti-American.
because they would point out the treasonous duplicity of themselves and the VP All Bore On as well as the entire left.
Precisely why the MSM is so thrilled to ressurrect this issue.
The lsm must have a list they refer to every few days ...
hmm-mm, polls showing the American people WANT wiretapping, the Cheney thing isn't going anywhere, Patriot Act renewed - time to trot out some other non-issue, never mind whether it endangers our wonderful troops or not.
I try to pray for the liberal media's destruction everyday.
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