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Military police were yesterday investigating the authenticity of a series of photographs purporting to show British soldiers torturing an Iraqi prisoner outside Basra, amid suspicions that the pictures could be an elaborate set-up.
Officers from the special investigations branch began interrogating soldiers from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment at their base in Cyprus to establish whether anyone had taken the pictures.
The images show an unidentified squaddie kicking, beating and urinating on a hooded prisoner in the back of a truck. They were said to have been taken during eight hours of mistreatment after the Iraqi was arrested for stealing in Basra last year. But military experts and sources close to the regiment believe the pictures are suspicious.
Originally posted by Leveller
No way is that a dark green. The dark colours on the soldiers desert combat trousers and his webbing haven't come out white.
One other thing perturbs me. Why is this photo taken or processed in black and white? I hardly know anyone who takes black and white photos unless they are professional photographers.
British newspapers print in colour also so it can't be blamed on the transfer to print.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
what's wrong with you guys? IF these pics are fake as some of you claim, do you not think that this Administration would be bending over backward to prove them as being faked. People are going to be losing jobs and facing severe penalties for this, IF they were faked, don't you think the people in the pics would be saying so by now.
Stop making excuses for the barbaric way we act. It is real, these atrocities did really happen, forget the pics now and try to figure out a way we can prevent this from happening again and regain the trust of the Iraqi people.
Originally posted by Jakomo
Eljay: "Wake up people!! You are being had by the same people that brought you Oklahoma City, WTC on 9/11, Afghanistan and now Iraq. "
Yes, these were all brought to you thanks to the U.S. government, specifically their foreign policy over the last decade and a half. Well put.
mOjOm: I'm sure the U.S. administration ponied up TONS of money to check and triplecheck that these weren't fake. If they were they'd report it. They've got to be real.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
what's wrong with you guys? IF these pics are fake as some of you claim, do you not think that this Administration would be bending over backwards to prove them as being faked. People are going to be losing jobs and facing severe penalties for this, IF they were faked, don't you think the people in the pics would be saying so by now.
Stop making excuses for the barbaric way we act. It is real, these atrocities did really happen, forget the pics now and try to figure out a way we can prevent this from happening again and regain the trust of the iraqi people.
as quoted by mOjOm
In fact, contrary to the opinions of many people, I'm not so sure that the U.S. Gov. didn't set these up themselves. All for the purpose of Encouraging More Terrorist Activity. I mean if they don't create enough Chaos and Fear and Anger within the lives of both the American People and the Iraqui People, this War might actually end before they're done with their Criminal Activities and Warmongering. They need more and more Chaos and War before they can Officially make their last move of 'Check Mate' against the rest of the World.
....How better to attract those terrorist groups and organization into a fairly centralized area for engagement (aka: Iraq)? You lure them there. How better to trace down those 'unaccounted for' WMD? You monitor and follow those terrorist groups and organizations into Iraq and where else they go while they are searching for those 'unaccounted for' WMD (aka: 'unaccounted for' WMD's are and is the "bait"). The US and coalition know, somewhat, where those WMD's are or were. For the sake of 'gathering' and attracting those terrorist groups and organization into Iraq, or a centralized engagement zone, the US and coalition do not reveal to the world that there is WMD or where they may be. Why? To 'lure' and engage those groups, and to also see where those groups will lead back to. If the US and coalition were to say "Yes, Iraq had them, here they are, etc." then this would defeat the purpose of drawing those terrorist groups and organizations into Iraq, into a central engagement zone, into their possible destructions, and would also defeat finding where their movements would lead back to....wouldn't it?