Saturday, March 18, 2006

Meet the man Abu Ghraib turned into a symbol - part 2

I thought the hooded fellow made to stand on the box --wondering if he was getting a jolt from those wires-- was just cashing in with the West in speaking engagements.

I got accussed of a crude moral relativism for it.

The difference in moral behavior is stark and absolute.

The contrast is between water boarding and getting shot in head like CPT's Fox.

The contrast is detention in Gitmo for the duration of the war, or being held hostage now as the remaining three CPTers or the rest of the hostages.

The moral clarity is there for all to see.

Now it turns out our alleged torture victim wasn't even the fellow with the hood.

He's a fake. It wasn't him. Rantingprofs rounds up the Salon story that finds the fraud and reviews the NYTs retraction, concluding:
The bottom line is that while the real man in the picture is living quietly, this man figured out exactly what Western media outlets and human rights organizations would want to hear. And that's what he told them.
The real victim alive, living peacfully and freely; and a fake victim cashing in on the Western media.

Let me repeat again, the real heros of the Abu Garib story. The American Army and the troops who saw an abuse and used the system to bring the abusers to justice. The system that allowed the fellow in the hood to return home peacfully and intact.

....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.
UPDATE: Here's powerlines take: Duped Again! and Backyard Conservative. Also Meidacrity

Final Thought: NYT ends with,
Meanwhile, it is not clear what happened to the real hooded man, Mr. Faleh. An Army spokesman said he was released from American custody in January 2004. Tribal leaders, and the manager of a brick factory next to the address where prison records say he lived, said they had never heard the name. Besides, they said, detainees often make up identities when they are imprisoned. Mr. Qaissi's attorneys said they have not attempted to search for him.
Maybe he's witht the terrorists; the Muslim extremists. Butchering Iraqis with car bombs?

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