Wednesday, 24 June 2009 Allegations of abuse and neglect at a US detention facility in Afghanistan have been uncovered by the BBC. Former detainees have alleged they were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs at the Bagram military base. The BBC interviewed 27 former inmates of Bagram around the country over a period of two months. The Pentagon has denied the charges and insisted that all inmates in the facility are treated humanely. All the men were asked the same questions and they were all interviewed in isolation.......
The conservative British press is now weighing on the infamous photos of prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib. The Daily Telegraph headlines tell us, Abu Ghraib Abuse Photos 'Show Rape,' The article which has been featured in the Huffington Post etc., is already part of the groundswell here demanding that President Obama release the pictures. But let's look at HOW the Telegraph covers the news and against WHOM they are mustering outrage, and let's look at how they have slanted their story so that it is targetted at President Obama rather than the actual war criminals -- Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al.
Duncan Garham, the Telegraph's "security correspondent" and Paul Cruikshank, start with a subhead making the point of their story unmistakeable:Photographs of alleged prisoner abuse which President Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse, it has emerged.
In fact this information was available in 2004 when the report by Major General Antonio Taguba.became public, including details of the sexual degredation of prisoners etc. The new story is based on an interview yesterday that the paper had with Gen. Taguba in which he revealed the existence of photographs along with this story. But that is hardly news.
Only by scrolling down to the seventh paragraph do we read that the General actually supports President Obama's decision:
The first photos of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal were shown on CBS's ''60 Minutes II.'' The photos had been taken by U.S. military personnel responsible for detaining and interrogating Iraqi prisoners arrested following the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, Torture at Abu Ghraib American soldiers brutalized Iraqis. How far up does the responsibility go?, who helped break the story.