Like the vast majority of people, experience revulsion, utter disgust and a degree of sadness every time hear of the abuse of the Iraqi prisoners which occurred n the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad on the radio, watch t on television or read accounts in newspapers or magazines. The report of prisoners beaten to death during interrogation is particularly disturbing. It is abundantly clear to most people that the seven military personnel with the 372nd Military Police company are only the tip of the iceberg of the scandal as more of the facts of what happened at Abu Ghraib come to light. I find it ironic that the first military court martial to take place was for the person who photographed the abuse, The Arab world is outraged, in fact the whole world is outraged, at the images of depravity captured on film in Saddam Hussein's former prison of horrors, now used for the same purpose by the U.S. occupation forces, the ?liberators? of the Iraqi people. Now only the most naﶥ can harbor the expectation that the prisoners of the coalition forces will be, and are being, treated accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
American soldiers pose behind a pyramid of naked Iraqi prisoners.
may be surprising to some, but not to me, that two of the accused MPs involved
abuses routinely occur in prisons across the U.S. without any national
attention, international outrage or media coverage; sexual assaults, beatings
and humiliation of prisoners (both male and female), covered up and kept out of
sight while those who earn a living? directly from the misery of their captives
chuckle as they continue to strip them of all human dignity. Prisoners have to
endure their abuse for years until it becomes the ?norm.? the treatment they
receive going beyond the depravity of their punishment. If you have the
slightest doubt about what I am saying, then check out the archives of the
events at Brazoria County Jail in Texas, September 1996 A drug raid on inmates
there was videotaped, and the images are comparable to abuse of the Iraqi
prisoners; inmates were forced to strip, crawl along the floor while being
prodded with stun guns, and dogs were let loose on several of them. Injured
prisoners were dragged face down back to their cells, much as one would drag a
heavy garbage bag across the floor. Where was the national outrage then? The
hand wringing of the lefties in the
are routinely stripped in front of other prisoners and in full view of opposite
gender staff. Inmates are rout humiliated, cursed, or beaten (some of them to
is a case currently pending in the5?
When reports of abuse in U.S prisons have merited media coverage, they have been given quick burps of attention and then quickly disappear The public generally ignores these reports because they're desensitized by clever politicians trying to get more votes for being tough on crime/criminals and the leftists who claim to care about those abused by government, bury their collective heads in the sand, hoping that such unpleasant things will just go away. In this country beached whales and clubbed baby seas often receive more media cover age than prisoner abuse scandals and seem to merit more concern from the left than severely abused and sometimes murdered American prisoners.
Bush administration was clearly alerted to the abuse going on at Abu Ghraib, not
only internally but from the International Committee of the Red Cross. The
administration remained silent about it until the story broke due to the
photographs being posted on the internet. Only after this happened did the
military publicly admit to investigating 25 n-custody deaths (possibly
accidental possibly not) of prisoners in
The typical attitude that many Americans have and what I have heard voiced in a p- son setting by a captive who suffers borderline institutionalization or Stockholm syndrome s the same as that recently ex pressed by Sen James Inhofe (R. OkIa) to the Senate Armed Forces Committee he said that he and some other senators are ?more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment? of Iraqi prisoners ?The idea that these prisoners, you know they're not there for traffic violations If they are in
Cell Block 1A or 1 B, these prisoners, they are murderers They're terrorists. They're insurgents. Many of them probably (emphasis added) have American blood on their hands, and here we re so concerned about the treatment of those individuals ? You can close your eyes and imagine this enlightened politician describing the prisons in Oklahoma the same way, especially during an election year imagine his outrage when watching busloads of Iraqi prisoners being released now that the scandal has been exposed prisoner abuse is a fine American tradition, a fact that can attested by current and former prisoners across the country if anyone would be willing to listen. More often than not, however, a desensitized American public including a majority of those on the Left turn deaf ears to what these people have to say; their stories of abuse are too painful to accept as reality, too difficult to consider the truth that human beings could do this to their less fortunate fellow human beings. The abuse of Iraqi prisoners was clearly amateurish. The most effective techniques for breaking minds and spirits, destroying dignity humanity and occasionally lives, have been perfected over many centuries The professionals are here.
Harold H. Thompson