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The name I've chosen comes from "Lord of the Rings," when Gandalf faces down the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. My Hebrew name is Esther (which is related to the word for "hidden" or "secret") Serafina (which means "burning"). This seems appropriate because although I don't usually put myself forward, I do care very passionately about a lot of things. Maybe through these blogs I can share some of these passions, as well as less weighty ideas and opinions, with others.

Friday, February 17, 2006

More material from Abu Ghraib

Update: You can see the full video from the Australian TV program here

A few days ago some of the photos from Abu Ghraib that have so far been withheld by the US government were shown on Australian TV. Now Salon magazine claims to have “more than 1,000 photographs, videos and supporting documents from the Army's probe, ” some of which are published on their site. Do not look at these photos unless you are prepared to be disgusted and ashamed of the treatment meted out to other human beings in our name. Bear in mind that the vast majority of these detainees were either innocent of any wrongdoing or guilty of only petty offenses, not dangerous terrorists. Below is a quote from the article:

The DVD containing the material includes a June 6, 2004, CID investigation report written by Special Agent James E. Seigmund. That report includes the following summary of the material included: "A review of all the computer media submitted to this office revealed a total of 1,325 images of suspected detainee abuse, 93 video files of suspected detainee abuse, 660 images of adult pornography, 546 images of suspected dead Iraqi detainees, 29 images of soldiers in simulated sexual acts, 20 images of a soldier with a Swastika drawn between his eyes, 37 images of Military Working dogs being used in abuse of detainees and 125 images of questionable acts."

Questionable acts? After that laundry list, what qualifies as "questionable acts"?

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