Saturday, February 18, 2006

Abu Ghraib video

Full video of the SBS Dateline Abu Ghraib segment can be found in a number of formats and sizes here. SBS also has it available in Relmedia on its website here.

Note that this is extremely graphic, and contains nudity, corpses, people covered in shit, and forced group masturbation. And SBS is only screening the tame bits. According to Salon, there are almost 1500 images and 93 videos of detainee abuse, and they have been described as absolutely horrific by those who have viewed them:

"[the acts] can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhuman" - Donald Rumsfeld

"The American public needs to understand we're talking about rape and murder here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience... We're talking about rape and murder -- and some very serious charges." - Senator Lindsey Graham

"The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. The worst about all of them is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking..." - Seymour Hersh

But despite those judgements, no-one has been charged with rape, no-one has been charged with murder, and the people who wrote the policies condoning this sort of treatment - people like Donald Rumsfeld and Lt General Ricardo Sanchez - have been allowed to keep their jobs. Such is the character of American "justice"...