December 14, 2014 11:00 pm -

For those who think we didn’t torture, or even that torture is acceptable, seeing photos might be a rude awakening. However, it’s not known if photos in possession of the White House will ever be released.


[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]Some photos show American troops posing with corpses; others depict U.S. forces holding guns to people’s heads or simulating forced sodomization. All of them could be released to the public, depending on how a federal judge in New York rules—and how hard the government fights to appeal. The government has a Friday deadline to submit to that judge its evidence for why it thinks each individual photograph should continue to be kept hidden away…

The president may have entered office promising a new era of transparency—and was even prepared to release at least 21 of the photos in 2009. But Obama pulled back at the last minute at the urging of his top commander in Iraq, who worried the graphic images could generate a backlash against U.S. troops…

Some depict U.S. troops posing for “trophy” photos with dead bodies; others, with rifles and pistols held to live detainees’ heads. (At least one soldier serving in Afghanistan tried to excuse his actions by saying he was “joking”; another called the pictures “something cool to remember our time there.”) A third soldier described a different photograph depicting her “as if [she] was sticking the end of a broom stick into the rectum of a restrained detainee.”

A number of these pictures were later revealed to be from the notorious Abu Ghraib detention facility, where U.S. troops famously abused their Iraq captives in the early days of the Iraq War. But the remaining photos are not from Abu Ghraib — they came from investigations into detainee abuse from all around Iraq and Afghanistan.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

8 responses to White House Has Thousands Of Detainee Abuse Photos

  1. burqa December 14th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    They should have a 50-ton bronze sculpture of a butt pyramid outside the front door of the Bush library.

  2. whatthe46 December 14th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    can anyone imagine if this b.s. and the torture happened under Obama in a war that he started based on a lie? the word torture would roll off of the rights tongues loudly and easily and would offer his head on a fk’n stick. how pathetic.

    • rg9rts December 15th, 2014 at 4:32 am

      They blame him anyway and threaten with impunity… I’m tired of that part and wonder why the SS hasn’t done anything

  3. tiredoftea December 15th, 2014 at 12:02 am

    But, none will ever be used as evidence in a trial. We are exceptional! Yaayyy U.S.A. We are Number 1!!

  4. Jones December 15th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    The smiles are the most disturbing part.

  5. rg9rts December 15th, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Maybe George II would like to use them for his Xmas card??? All his elves at play??

  6. edmeyer_able December 15th, 2014 at 7:25 am

    another called the pictures “something cool to remember our time there.”

    I have to wonder what the 22 VETS that commit suicide a day remember from their time spent in the war zone?

  7. 1American2 December 15th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Now that bitch in the pics,. is one sorry ass whore & the guys are not much better, actually just as bad or worse..