Hersh: Photographing Torture Was itself a Form of Coercion
Journalist Seymour Hersh came out with several revelations concerning US torture of POWs on Sunday. He reveals the logic behind it, and says he has seen a picture of an Iraqi prisoner with a gaping hole in his leg where he was bitten by a military attack dog. I wonder if Rummy will consider that merely abuse, or will use the T word. When Rumsfeld warned us that worse pictures are coming, he spoke truly. One worries that somewhere there is a snuff film with a rape scene coming out of Abu Ghuraib.
On Wolf Blitzer on Sunday, Hersh said he thought that the photographs of the abuse and torture were themselves attempts to manipulate prisoners, since they were threatened with the revelation of their humiliation to friends and family.