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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

More horrors from Abu Ghraib.

The US government is currently in court trying to prevent the release of 60 photographs taken at Abu Ghraib. Those photos were seen by members of the US Congress when the original Abu Ghraib photos were leaked to the press in 2004. They we] re not, however, viewed by Dubya's administration as being suitable for viewing by the general public.


A bloody cell at Abu Ghraib

In some ways, we find this image far more awful than those with people in them.
[Photo: SBS/Dateline.]


The Dateline program on Australia's SBS TV network has obtained copies of the 60 photos and will be showing them on its next program, scheduled to air on Wednesday night, Australian time. Details are here.

Taken at the same time as the notorious photographs from Abu Ghraib, which were leaked in 2004, these images reveal further widespread abuse including new incidents of homicide, torture and sexual humiliation. The extent of the abuse shown in the photos suggests that the torture and abuse that occurred at Abu Ghraib in 2004 is much worse than is currently understood.

You may remember the Aussie Dateline as the program that released the horrific images of the bodies of two suspected Taliban fighters being burned by US troops in Afghanistan. [See this earlier post.] This magpie wishes that the more of the US press showed some of the same willingness to tackle hard stories.

Fifteen of the Abu Ghraib photos are currently up on the website of the Sydney Morning Herald. The photos can be seen here; the Herald's article about the photos is here.

More: Raw Story has posted the 15 photos here, in case you are having trouble accessing the Herald website.

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