Human Decency at a Premium

When I first heard the news about soldiers anally raping children in Abu Ghraib last night (Seymour Hersh says that the Pentagon is sitting on the tapes), I hoped to hell that it was a rumor. I was filled with an overwhelming sense of disgust that something this barbaric was allowed to go down. But I was left speechless. Fortunately, Stavros has weighed in on the matter. We’ll see how the White House and the Pentagon respond to this one (if they respond at all) and what, if anything, Hersh manages to ferret out of his military contacts.

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  1. This is not meant to excuse or show approval for any of the terrible activities that have been documented of late but please don’t tell me you believe Seymour Hersh or take what he says at face value . . .

  2. Kevin: Hersh admittedly told the ACLU convention to “let him do the journalism.” But at least one rape of a boy was corroborated in this Washington Post: “I saw [excised] fucking a kid, his age would be about 15-18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard the screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn’t covered and I saw [excised], who was wearing the military uniform putting his dick in the little kid’s ass. I couldn’t see the face of the kid because his face wasn’t in front of the door. And the female soldier was taking pictures.”

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