Oops. This could get really, really bad

Looks like they’re going to have to open Pandora’s photo album after all. This cannot go any way but badly.

Pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison must be released despite government claims that they could damage America’s image, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Yes, these are the worst of the worst. These are the photos and videos that Sy Hersh warned us about. You may recall my mention of them some time ago;

Sy Hersh gave us the heads up and a thousand right wing ankle-biters screamed “If he has the pictures, then he needs to pony up, because we, in our infinite wisdom, think he’s full of shit.”

Well, Sgt. Keyboard… looks like he’s not full of shit. Rumsfeld knows it. What he also knows it that right now the Pentagon is trying to hold back a giant tsunami of shit that will come cascading down when those pictures finally are leaked or released.

Will it fall on Rumsfeld’s head? Don’t kid yourself.

It’s going to blow back on the men and women who are already in harm’s way. The thirst for American blood in the Middle East will be unquenchable. It could theoretically make Tet look like a barn dance.

This might be the reason the President was just yesterday talking about an escalation of violence heading into October. What he said was

“We can expect they’ll do everything in their power to try to stop the march of freedom,” Bush warned during comments in the Rose Garden about terrorism.

But I think he knows these pictures are coming out, too. Anything to push responsibility off onto someone else. It’s people with purple fingers that the terr’ists want to destroy. It has nothing to do with torture and brutality.

  1. The government will probably appeal. I heard a guy on NPR speculating that they will admit that the pictures and videotapes are shocking, and will argue that the fact that this additional visual (and auditory) evidence that we tortured prisoners will make our troops targets of reprisals, and hence the evidence should continue to be supressed.
    This is the most fucked up argument you can imagine, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it proved successful.

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