Thursday, March 16, 2006

Salon Puts Up All 279 Of The Abu Ghraib Photos On Its Website

Truly sickening stuff. Salon has all 279 photos and 19 videos from the Army's internal investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.

It seems the media has moved on from this scandal, however. The Bush administration spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to fight the release of these photos for nearly two years, figuring the photos would be old news and greeted by media yawns by the time they saw the light of day.

The Bush administration figured right.

There will be no coverage of these photos and videos. There will be little coverage of this story in today's Washington Post that says the top U.S. military intelligence officer at Abu Ghraib, Thomas Pappas, has admitted to a military court martial that he authorized the use of dogs on one high level prisoner who was not responding to standard interrogation techniques.

I would bet all of my Google stock that we will learn soon enough that other high level officers at Abu Ghraib signed off on some of the abusive interrogation techniques and/or torture that we can see depicted in the Abu Ghraib photos and videos.

But again, the media has moved on from this story and is too busy covering the political fallout from Russ Feingold's censure call against the preznit (conventional wisdom: bad for Dems...those stupid, stupid Dems...) or the frontrunners for the 2008 Democratic and Republican nominations (conventional wisdom: McCain and Hillary - smart call: who the fuck knows? We're two and a half years away and one November midterm away from the goddamned election!!!)

So we'll get little on the newly released Abu Ghraib photos and videos. But we'll get lots of conventional 2008 wisdom form Tweety Bird Matthews and Jeff Greenfield.

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