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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Final thoughts

Forgot to mention the e-mails the NYTimes obtained re: the Graner case. (Here's the article from Editor & Publisher.)

Yes, the dude made a couple of references to the good times at Abu Ghraib in the e-mails he sent to friends and family:
In one of the graphic messages, titled “just another dull day at work,” Graner wrote, "The guys give me hell for not getting any pictures while I was fighting this guy,"referring to a photograph of a bound and naked detainee howling with pain, his legs bleeding.

Graner, in another message, referred to the “really cool stuff” he got to do at the prison.

The court has said it would not publicly release the e-mail, which had been retrieived from Graner’s U.S. Army account. It was given to the jury by the prosecution on Tuesday, and, according to the Times, copies were given to the newspaper by “a person close to the defense.”

Included were new photographs Graner had sent to friends and family, including his young children.

One message referred to Take Your Children to Work Day with the comment, "how about send a bastard to hell day?"
Yeah. How about it?
Attached was a photograph of a detainee's head bloodied beyond recognition.

Another photograph showed him stitching a cut over a prisoner’s eye. Graner wrote: "Things may have gotten a bit bad when we were asking him a couple of questions. O well."

Attached to a similar photo in one e-mail was this comment : ”Like I said, sometimes you get to do really cool stuff over here.” Graner sent the same photo to another friend, advising: "Try doing this at home, and they'll lock you up if you don't have some type of license," adding, "Not only was I the healer, I was the hurter. O well life goes on."
Enough.

The biggest drag about this whole case is...now that they have the ringleader...an obvious scum-bag...the higher-ups are gonna go scot-free. The mainstream media will buy into the "few bad apples" narrative (easy to do with a villain like Graner), and the "digging" will end. We'll hear a few more comments about the handful of misguided soldiers at Abu Ghraib, and that's it.

On that note, the headline on Drudge this morning is "Torturer IN-CHIEF Convicted." The message? "They got the top guy."

No they didn't.

More later.

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