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.
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