07/24/2005: The worst is yet to come...
From Editor and Publisher we learn that lawyers for the Department of Defense have refused to obey a federal court order requiring them to release as yet unseen photographs and videos from Abu Ghraib prison.
So what is shown on the 87 photographs and four videos from Abu Ghraib prison that the Pentagon, in an eleventh hour move, blocked from release this weekend? One clue: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Congress last year, after viewing a large cache of unreleased images: "I mean, I looked at them last night, and they're hard to believe.” They show acts "that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane," he added.Why does it not surprise me that the bAdministration thinks that the American public are a bunch of mushrooms? After all, all the bAdministration has done is feed us shit and keep us in the dark.
A Republican Senator suggested the same day they contained scenes of “rape and murder.” No wonder Rumsfeld commented then, "If these are released to the public, obviously it's going to make matters worse."
Yesterday, news emerged that lawyers for the Pentagon had refused to cooperate with a federal judge's order to release dozens of unseen photographs and videos from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by Saturday. The photos were among thousands turned over by the key “whistleblower” in the scandal, Specialist Joseph M. Darby. Just a few that were released to the press sparked the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal last year, and the video images are said to be even more shocking.
The Pentagon lawyers said in a letter sent to the federal court in Manhattan that they would file a sealed brief explaining their reasons for not turning over the material. They had been ordered to do so by a federal judge in response to a FOIA lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
UPDATE: Over at the Flypaper Theory, The Pesky Fly has some good words on this topic:
Hey my Republican pals, how does it feel to be the party of torture?
The Pentegon, in defiance of a court order is AFRAID to release new torture pics.
Shrub might use his FIRST veto to strike down any bill that might prohibit torture, or that calls for a deeper peek into how we got here in the first place.
This is bold.
This is brazen.
This isn't about any ol' sodomy; we're talking about CHILD SODOMY!
Cheney's afraid that such legislation might limit the powers of the most empowered President in history. Amazingly telling.
Len on 07.24.05 @ 08:14 PM CST