5th Anniversary of Release of Abu Ghraib Photos

Can it be five years since the horrendous photos at Abu Ghraib were released? Yes.

The ACLU has been fighting all this time to obtain more photos of the abuse. As a result of their 2004 lawsuit, the Defense Department will release additional photos from Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan on May 28.

In case all you remember is Lynndie England leading a detainnee around on a leash or a hooded detainee wired and standing on a box, there were many other kinds of physical abuse that took place. Some were quite bloody and left ugly scars.

Here are some photos that were released for the first time in 2006. Scroll through them. [More...]

The ACLU says:

"These photographs provide visual proof that prisoner abuse by U.S. personnel was not aberrational but widespread, reaching far beyond the walls of Abu Ghraib," said Amrit Singh, staff attorney with the ACLU. "Their disclosure is critical for helping the public understand the scope and scale of prisoner abuse as well as for holding senior officials accountable for authorizing or permitting such abuse."

Check out this 5 year video, Connect the Dots, by Amnesty International about the US and torture and our obligation to demand accountability.

Recommended Reading:

< Stuart Taylor, "Centrist": Torture Saved Lives | CIA Refused To Evaluate Efficacy Of Torture >
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    Wrong leash (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by lambert on Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 10:15:56 AM EST
    It's Lynndie England's leash we want to worry about -- if anything, she's living proof that the Stanford Prisoon Experiment works in real life.

    The leash we want to worry about is the leash the torturers are leading the Village and our famously free press around with. (As Janice Karpinski pointed on on Olberman, Rummy and Condi and Bush and all the rest of 'em were quite willing to let England and others go to jail, while they claim the right to act with impunity.)

    Correction (none / 0) (#3)
    by lambert on Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 10:16:18 AM EST
    NOT Lynndie England's leash.

    People forget quickly (none / 0) (#1)
    by SOS on Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 09:58:38 AM EST
    Be good material for Leno. Lyndie England is . .

    1. A town in England?
    2. An entertainer?
    3. A clothing brand

    no doubt, this will be a (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 12:46:25 PM EST
    It's about time people realize the only thing she did was step into those pictures (didn't touch or torture anyone) that served to document Bush policy.

    a totally objective book. what did she do, have her arms tied to her sides, the entire time she was stationed there? ms. england was "only following orders", as were others. unfortunately, that, and a buck, might get you a noose at nuremburg.

    ms. england was taught the difference between right and wrong, up in the appalachians, just as it's taught down here in the flatlands. that she consciously chose to ignore that difference is on her, not us.

    of course, according to rush limbaugh, that was all just a bunch of frat-boy pranks. not sure how mr. limbaugh would know, since he never graduated from college, much less was in a fraternity.

    Torture photos from different locations (none / 0) (#6)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 01:12:31 PM EST
    other than Abu Ghraib are what is coming up.  Photo evidence that torture was not just a few bad apples at Abu Ghraib and we will all now have evidence that it is okay to ask some harder questions and perhaps wonder why so much of this stuff was going on seemingly in many different locations.  Also, something that comes to mind from time to time, what happened to the story about the freight locker or something like that in Afghanistan that had detainees locked in it and somehow they ended up literally roasting them alive in it?  I read about it years ago and then the story seemed to just disappear.  It caused me to shudder because as a mother, the stories of people leaving their babies and children in cars does that to you too.  Then, when the soldier who was raped by the contractors in Iraq ended up locked in one because she was attempting to report the rape, that woke up the memory in me again......seems like freight/storage lockers have multiple uses in a Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld combat zone.