Riddle me this, Orwell: how can the neocons be outraged over the release of torture photos and not outraged over the actual acts of torture? In a response to an ACLU lawsuit, the Obama administration agreed to release hundreds of photos graphically depicting “enhanced interrogation techniques” (or as Cheney calls it, foreplay) of detainees at GITMO and other facilities. How they’ve escaped the memory hole thus far is amazing.
Naturally the neocons are up in arms over the potential publicity of photographic proof of their totally legal, safe, necessary, and productive interrogations. Gee, why is that? If there’s no wrongdoing – as Cheney et al assert – then why not release the photos? You would think they’d be anxious to toss them around like postcards, proving that there was absolutely no wrongdoing whatsoever. Instead, they send their minions, like Liz “Rosemary’s Baby” Cheney over to Minitrue (aka Fox “News”) to explain to the proles that photos of interrogations are doubleplus ungood, while the actual acts themselves are fullwise goodthink. Think Progress reports that Liz “decried the move [to release the photos] as “appalling,” saying in a Fox News interview that the decision was proof Obama was aiming to “side with the terrorists”:
CHENEY: Clearly what they are doing is releasing images that show American military men and women in a very negative light. And I have heard from families of service members, from families of 9/11 victims, this question about, when did it become so fashionable for us to side, really,with the terrorists?”
What’s up with the red faced, head-spinning, green pea soup-spouting outrage, Liz? You mean (gasp) the photos might show some nasty business after all?
According to UPI, “details of the photos have not been reported, [but] some are said to show U.S. military personnel pointing weapons at suspected terrorists during questioning. ‘This will constitute visual proof that, unlike the Bush administration’s claim, the abuse was not confined to Abu Ghraib and was not aberrational,’ said Amrit Singh, an ACLU lawyer.”
Holy crimethink, could the Bushies have been . . . less than honest about these interrogations after all?
The Obama Administration just reversed it’s decision to release these photos, citing the potential for endangering our troops. Wow. Must have been some photographs. Tell me again how it’s okay to torture, as long as nobody sees it?