May 28, 2009 by J. Madson
We have to wonder why Obama did a 180 on releasing the photos of detainee abuse. Was it because his new general, McChrystal, over Afghanistan personally oversaw some of the worst abuses at his notorious detention center where they bragged that the red cross would never be allowed to see what occurred and had placards posted by soldiers at the detention area advised, “NO BLOOD, NO FOUL.” The slogan reflected the saying, “If you don’t make them bleed, they can’t prosecute for it.” Apparently there was blood and many men were prosecuted.
The abuses at Camp Nama, whose acronym was: Nasty-Ass Military Area, continued despite warnings beginning in August 2003 from an Army investigator and American intelligence and law enforcement officials in Iraq. The Central Intelligence Agency was concerned enough to bar its personnel from Camp Nama that August.
The abuse was so severe – two prisoners were murdered in the course of torturing them – in this camp that even Stephen Cambone tried to shut it down. And yet it remained functioning before and after the Abu Ghraib scandal, clear irrefutable evidence that Abu Ghraib was policy.
And why wasnt the Red Cross allowed in? We have this nugget.
“Once, somebody brought it up with the colonel. ‘Will [the Red Cross] ever be allowed in here?’ And he said absolutely not. He had this directly from General McChrystal and the Pentagon that there’s no way that the Red Cross could get in: “they won’t have access and they never will. This facility was completely closed off to anybody investigating, even Army investigators.” …
We have evidence McChrystal oversaw these abuses not to mention the evidence of his coverup of Pat Tilliman’s death and mounting evidence of assasination squads commanded by McChrystal reporting directly to Cheney. But just maybe Obama did a 180 because he saw the photos.
Maj Gen Taguba has now revealed that “These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency.” Specifically, one picture shows an American soldier raping a female prisoner while another shows a male translator raping a male detainee. Other photographs depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube. Another shows a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.
This fits right in with the statements from detainees during the Abu Ghraib investigation that have now been released [warning: graphic]:
Among the graphic statements, which were later released under US freedom of information laws, is that of Kasim Mehaddi Hilas in which he says: “I saw [name of a translator] ******* a kid, his age would be about 15 to 18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn’t covered and I saw [name] who was wearing the military uniform, putting his **** in the little kid’s ***…. and the female soldier was taking pictures.”