Friday, May 21, 2004

And beyond Abu Ghraib, there's NBC's report (which Atrios linked last night) about another prison in Iraq:

...a top-secret site near Baghdad’s airport. The battlefield interrogation facility known as the “BIF” is pictured in satellite photos.

According to two top U.S. government sources, it is the scene of the most egregious violations of the Geneva Conventions in all of Iraq’s prisons. A place where the normal rules of interrogation don’t apply, Delta Force’s BIF only holds Iraqi insurgents and suspected terrorists — but not the most wanted among Saddam’s lieutenants pictured on the deck of cards.

These sources say the prisoners there are hooded from the moment they are captured. They are kept in tiny dark cells. And in the BIF’s six interrogation rooms, Delta Force soldiers routinely drug prisoners, hold a prisoner under water until he thinks he’s drowning, or smother them almost to suffocation....


And, for balance, The Washington Post reports on this new release of what are apparently horrifying videos of Saddam-era brutality:

Prisoners were shown being flogged and having fingers chopped off. One is shown being thrown from a roof, another about to be beheaded by a man wielding a sword.

The full video shows the beheading and a man placing the severed head on the victim's prone body. Another scene shows a man's tongue being cut out.

The next sound you hear, of course, will be conservatives attacking the "liberal media" for not showing every last frame of these videos.

I think it would be reasonable to show some of this now. But remember: The right-wing argument sounds an awful lot like "Everybody does it" -- precisely the argument they denounced as immoral during Monicagate.

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