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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 04:45 PM
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Army's new Photo Scandal: Photos released by LA Times show American troops posing with human remains
Sadly, this behavior is a common part of war.

Put young people in a situation like that, train them to hate the enemy and this is what you sometimes get
(just look at the suicide bombers that they are posing with.)

Now the Facebook generation is once again breaking through the
censorship to bring such common features of war to a mass audience, like TV did in the late sixties.

Are these the same photos that Der Spiegel published last year which the Pentagon apologized for?

(was going to post this in LBN if maddezmom hadn't already posted the original Los Angeles Times article here)

U.S. troops posed with body parts of Afghan bombers (warning graphic photos at the link) --

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-af...

Here's Salon's take on it:



The armys new photo scandal (Salon) By Tim Fitzsimons, GlobalPost
Photos released by the LA Times show American troops posing with the corpses of Afghan suicide bombers

The Los Angeles Times released photos on Wednesday showing American troops posing with the mangled corpses of Afghan suicide bombers, leading the Pentagon to issue a strongly worded statement condemning the actions in the pictures, which were taken in 2010.

The photos were provided to the newspaper by a soldier distressed about the actions of his division. (semi-related link -- courtesy LG) He sent 18 photos saying they pointed to a breakdown in leadership and discipline that he believed compromised the safety of the troops, the newspaper wrote. The Army requested the newspaper withhold the images.

In a statement, the Pentagon said, The secretary is also disappointed that despite our request not to publish these photographs, the Los Angeles Times went ahead. The danger is that this material could be used by the enemy to incite violence against U.S. and Afghan service members in Afghanistan. The Pentagon promised to take all measures necessary to protect troops from a public backlash.

These images by no means represent the values or professionalism of the vast majority of U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan today, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.

The LA Times quoted its editor, Davan Maharaj, as saying, After careful consideration, we decided that publishing a small but representative selection of the photos would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops.

The U.S. military is still reeling from the January release of a video showing Marines urinating on Afghan corpses, and riots in February following the news that troops burned copies of the Quran, Islams holy book. Those riots killed 30 Afghans and six Americans. In March, Army sergeant Robert Bales went on a shooting rampage and killed 17 Afghan civilians, including 9 children. Bales has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, according to the Associated Press.

CNN reported that the paper told the Pentagon about the pictures in March, which resulted in a criminal investigation. George Wright, an Army spokesman, said, such actions fall short of what we expect of our uniformed service members in deployed areas, according to the LA Times.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 08:40 PM
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1. Just wanted to say thanks, KoKo, for posting on the DU3 thread
I couldn't find another thread on GD about this topic and I thought it was important to get some discussion in there.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 11:00 PM
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2. What do you expect from kids we turn into killers of other kids?
Yes, LG, it's called war.

It's not afternoon tea.

Look on your own face, America.
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-19-12 12:54 PM
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3. And the Pentagon was worried that release of the pictures would arouse anti-US feelings.
No, the actions depicted in the pictures SHOULD arouse such feelings.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-19-12 10:17 PM
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4. I was really shocked at Panneta's statements about this...
And he added..."We are at War." Sounded like Bush/Cheney.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 06:00 AM
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5. Panetta may have changed Parties because he thought Nixon too far left.
Edited on Fri Apr-20-12 06:00 AM by No Elephants
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 07:54 PM
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8. lol's...one does wonder. Maybe he's just really stressed with all the bad news
out of Afghanistan. :shrug: :eyes:
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 05:37 PM
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7. Whoa... Panetta said what?
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 07:56 PM
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9. My first reaction was "FUCK THIS SHIT" outta his mouth...
YEAH! But as I said to "NE" above. He might be dealing with huge stress seeing Afghanistan imploding..so maybe we should "give him a break?" GGGGGHHHHHHHHHACK! How long have we given our War Profiteers and our Government a BREAK ON THESE ENDLESS WARS?

:cry:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 06:14 AM
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6. The pics arouse anti-war feelings. And we seem to have become a nation of perpetual war.
War on terror.

Let me know when we can celebrate the end of an emotion like fear.
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-12 04:23 AM
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10. I am not proud of the behavior
of our troops when they disgrace our country.Support the troops when they follow the UCMJ ,not when the become barbarians.
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