Friday, June 11, 2004

Abu Ghraib: The Object in Bush's Mirror

A couple of days ago, I said that Abu Ghraib was receding in the public's rear view mirror. Guess what? Whoever is driving the Abu Ghraib Express is about to put the pedal to the metal - and objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear.

From Brad DeLong:

He [Seymour Hersh] said that after he broke Abu Ghraib, people were coming out of the woodwork to tell him this stuff. He said he had seen all the Abu Ghraib pictures. He said, "You haven't begun to see evil..." then trailed off. He said, "horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run."
I've been wondering why the Senators and House Representatives, all of who apparently had the opportunity to view the evil in private screenings, to a person were saying that it wouldn't be constructive for the Pentagon to release the photos and videos that had not yet made it to the public domain. "Let sleeping dogs lie," was the collective response from both sides of the aisle.

Perhaps we now know why they responded that way after their private viewings - that as shocking to the sensibilities as the original group of Abu Ghraib photos were, the stuff that wasn't released is even more shocking. Not more of the same. More shocking. Then, comes the following report this morning:

U.S. intelligence personnel ordered military dog handlers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to use unmuzzled dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees during interrogations late last year, a plan approved by the highest-ranking military intelligence officer at the facility, according to sworn statements the handlers provided to military investigators.

A military intelligence interrogator also told investigators that two dog handlers at Abu Ghraib were "having a contest" to see how many detainees they could make involuntarily urinate out of fear of the dogs, according to the previously undisclosed statements obtained by The Washington Post.

The statements by the dog handlers provide the clearest indication yet that military intelligence personnel were deeply involved in tactics later deemed by a U.S. Army general to be "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses."
Ok, I don't want my congresscritters deciding what I should and should not see. I'm prepared to be shocked. Release the photos and videos, so we can get on with impeachment proceedings.

After Ronniepalooza wraps up its weeklong run this afternoon, I'd like to see the mass resignation of George W. Bush and his entire cabinet. Then, let's move to the indictment stage. Quickly.