Monday, March 13, 2006

Meet the man Abu Ghraib turned into a symbol

This guy is going to cash in big with speaking engagements in the west. Here's what happened to him per the NYT,

The prisoners were sleep deprived, he said, and the punishments they faced ranged from bizarre to lewd: an elderly man was forced to wear a bra and pose; a youth was told to hit the other adults; and groups of men were organized in piles. There was the dreaded "music party," he said, in which prisoners were placed before loudspeakers. Mr. Qaissi also said he had been urinated on by a guard. Then there were the pictures.

"Every soldier seemed to have a camera," he said. "They used to bring us pictures and threaten to deliver them to our families"
Today, those photographs, turned into montages and slideshows on Mr. Qaissi's computer, are stark reminders of his experiences in the cellblock. As he scanned through the pictures, each one still instilling shock as it popped on the screen, he would occasionally stop, his voice breaking as he recounted the story behind each photograph

He's going to cash in on those pictures.

Now, go to the Taguba Report. Here's the citation for the guys who followed the US Army's system for when things go wrong. They won't see a dime. Their only reward is a clean conscious. No cameras to document their heroism and humanity. No opportunity to cash in for them. Only this cite,
4. (U) The individual Soldiers and Sailors that we observed and believe should be favorably noted include:

a. (U) Master-at-Arms First Class William J. Kimbro, US Navy Dog Handler, knew his duties and refused to participate in improper interrogations despite significant pressure from the MI personnel at Abu Ghraib.

b. (U) SPC Joseph M. Darby, 372nd MP Company discovered evidence of abuse and turned it over to military law enforcement.

c. (U) 1LT David O. Sutton, 229th MP Company, took immediate action and stopped an abuse, then reported the incident to the chain of command.
Only in the US Army does a 1LT stop an abuse, report it up the chain of command, and start an investigation like this. I doubt that could happen in NATO or any other Army in the world.

And then the tragic Christian Peace Activist, Tom Fox.

The murderers spared his family the videon beheading. The terrorists learning video of atrocieties doesn't go over very well with the west. No music party, or standing hours on end, or even getting urinated on. Just torture with knives (terrorists don't humiliate, they slice) and then a few shots in the head.

No Book tours or speaking egagements for him. Not even as favorable a placement for your obit in the NYT when there is a picture of Mr. Qaissi, healthy and free, started off to his fortune; after his stay at Abu Garib.

Those are the symbols of Abu Garib. Uglier then we thought.

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