An article published today in the Telegraph UK newspaper reveals that withheld photos of detainee torture at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison include depictions of rape and sexual abuse. The shocking descriptions were provided by Major General Antonio Taguba in an interview to the reporters writing the story. In what deepens the national shame of the Bush era, the article notes that “at least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.” Major General Taguba went on to say, “these pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency.”
The Telegraph UK article also asserts that these photos are among those that President Obama recently decided to withhold. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was pilfered out in response to deny the allegations. In what I’m sure he thought was a clever quip, Gibbs stated in his slam of the British Press, “Let’s just say that if I wanted to look up, if I wanted to read a writeup today of how Manchester United fared last night in the Champions League Cup, I might open up a British newspaper. If I was looking for something that bordered on truthful news, I’m not sure that would be the first stack of clips I picked up.”
Where would Mr. Gibbs go then for his news concerning the invasion and occupation of Iraq? If its any U.S. newspaper, that’s more laughable than the Sunday funnies page!