Jill links to this disturbing post at Alternet’s ‘blog of blogs’, PEEK, featuring footage of someone who claims to be a former guard from Abu Ghraib*. The otherwise unidentified individual goes into excruciating detail about torture techniques utilized by soldiers at the notorious US-run prison in Iraq. But the most disturbing passage is beyond the pale:
What was the most fun things?
The most fun thing, umm….definitely the women.
Yeah? They had chick insurgents, man?
No, they didn’t have chick insurgents.
Something goes down, they just grab everyone around, you know, fuck em. I mean, you gonna have 35 trials? No, you know. People are like, “Oh they’re innocent.” You know what, I don’t give a fuck. As far as I’m concerned, they’re all guilty. You know what? They should have kicked Saddam out themselves. Instead, we’re there doing the fucking job. We’re losing guys…..
Were those people in the World Trade Center guilty? No. Fuck them. They fucked us, so now we’re fucking them. Fuck them, dude, anyone with a fucking rag on their head is fair game.
….girl, she was probably like 15 years old. Yeah, she was hot dude. The body on that girl, yeah, really tight. You know, hadn’t been touched yet. She was fucking prime. So….
One of the guys started pimping her out for 50 bucks a shot. I think at the end of the day, you know, he’d made like 500 bucks before she hung herself.
As Christina Davidson of Iraqslogger (the journalist who first broke the story) points out, there have been previous hoaxes involving supposed atrocities in Iraq. There have also been a number that have proved true; for every Jesse Macbeth there’s a Jimmy Massey.
I’m sincerely hoping this controversy ends up like the former (minus the ill-begotten right-wing triumphalism). But I won’t be surprised if this taped ‘confession’ turns out to be accurate.
*Like Jill, I cannot bring myself to watch the video; the transcript alone is bile-inducing.