The Annals of Injustice: Just Who IS the Enemy Anyway?
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 mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it.”
In April, Mr Obama’s administration said the photographs would be released and it would be “pointless to appeal” against a court judgment in favour of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
But after lobbying from senior military figures, Mr Obama changed his mind saying they could put the safety of troops at risk.
Earlier this month, he said: “The most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to inflame anti-American public opinion and to put our troops in greater danger.”
The remaining seven paragraphs again focus on Pres. Obama's decision not to release the pictures.
It seems to me that once again progressives are in danger of falling victim to the Republican noise machine which is attempting to turn legitmate outrage against unspeakable torture, on President Obama and Speaker of the House Pelosi, rather than on those who authorized the torture in Iraq and at Guantanamo. Just as Tony Blair was George Bush's hatchetman, so too is the Telegraph playing its assigned role.