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2005-09-28

Army: Peddling Snuff Pics for Porn is A-OK

AMERICAblog notes that the Army Criminal Investigation Command in Iraq can't determine a few basic facts.

Schmuckountability is spreading from the Administration to our Armed Services like wildfire. It's a top-down, bubbling-over sort of nastiness that only a full pullout seems likely to curtail. The kind of nastiness John Kerry talked about after returning from Viet Nam:

The Country doesn't know it yet, but it's created a monster.

A monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence and who are given the chance to die for the biggest nothing in history.

Putting young soldiers and weekend warriors into a war-zone creates enough problems. Actively ignoring treaties and conventions that are the law of our land and our friends and enemies alike exacerbates the problem. But openly killing investigations into something with the evidence neatly collected, including names, photographs, dates, login names (and most-likely IP addresses) is like a chocolate-faced child pointing at a white-gloved friend as the true culprit in the Great Cookie Robbery.

It's insulting. And it's disingenuous.

It is merely the open acknowledgment by the Army's leadership that taking these pictures--don't trouble yourself by going to the site, take my word when I say that these pictures are beyond anything Hollywood has ever, ever put on film-- is ok. That members of the Army taking these pictures of men killed by our country's representatives is ok. That making these pictures publicly available in exchange for access to masturbation materials is just Jim-Dandy with Uncle Sam and the American People themselves.

I support our men and women in combat. I pray for their safety and I wish for their safe and speedy return. But the leadership that fails to reprimand such behavior and quash it immediately is a truly hypocritical lot. Bush speaks of spreading democracy, but our troops spread the ugly horror of war as though it were a coupon. They treat it as sport. They pose with their kills and get to see naked women in return.

Not only that, but there are numerous pictures of female soldiers "spreading" democracy as well. With their names, ranks, units and faces. A clearer argument against women in combat has rarely been put forth. And what of the "conservative" supporters of war? Didn't Bush just this week begin a new War on Porn? Odd that an intersection of the War on Terrorism and the War on Porn would present itself so quickly after the announcment of such a useful initiative.

One must wonder if the keeper of the site would accept pictures of American Dead as payment as well? Or, perhaps it's only our culture that likes to mix charred human remains and an exploded head with its tits and ass.

mcolley
I'm not liberal, I'm just paying attention

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