Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The worst is hidden

Thought it was worth highlighting this paragraph from Seymour Hersh's latest:

I learned from Taguba that the first wave of materials included descriptions of the sexual humiliation of a father with his son, who were both detainees. Several of these images, including one of an Iraqi woman detainee baring her breasts, have since surfaced; others have not. (Taguba’s report noted that photographs and videos were being held by the C.I.D. because of ongoing criminal investigations and their "extremely sensitive nature.") Taguba said that he saw "a video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female detainee." The video was not made public in any of the subsequent court proceedings, nor has there been any public government mention of it. Such images would have added an even more inflammatory element to the outcry over Abu Ghraib. "It’s bad enough that there were photographs of Arab men wearing women’s panties," Taguba said.
I've been wondering for a long time why these images haven't surfaced. Nice to know that the cover-up is ongoing. It's much easier for people to label Abu Ghraib as "frat hazing" when the worst stuff is bottled up and kept from view, no doubt because what's already out in the ether is "bad enough."