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Obama Administration Lies About Torture Photographs Yet Again!

It all started out with a lie from Barack Obama, about the photographs of torture that he has refused to release: “These photos that were requested in this case are not particularly sensational.”

liar in chiefThat lie was exposed when the Telegraph, a British newspaper, reported that the photographs included pictures of rape, sexual assault and a prisoner being photographed with her breasts exposed. That’s “particularly sensational”.

Now Obama Administration has responded to the Telegraph’s report with new lies: “None of the photos in question depict the images that are described in that article,” said Bryan G. Whitman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested that the Telegraph’s report was not even “something that bordered on truthful news”.

Yet, a small number of the photographs that Obama has been trying to keep secret, refusing to obey the Freedom of Information Act, have already been leaked out, and they show exactly what the Telegraph said they showed. They show exactly what the Obama Administration says that they don’t show. Here are two of these photographs:

female prisoner breasts

forced prisoner oral sex

So who are you going to believe: Barack Obama or your own eyeballs?

I don’t like looking at these kinds of photographs. They’re of forced sexual displays designed to humiliate prisoners and entertain prison guards. They’re not exciting to me. They’re disgusting, and so I don’t like showing them either. I hate to have to put these kinds of photographs up on Irregular Times, where I know that they will disgust many readers.

However, the Obama White House is claiming that these kind of photographs just don’t exist. They’re claiming that they’re not trying to cover them up. They’re accusing a newspaper of lying in saying that these photographs exist.

Now you have seen them too, and you can’t deny that they exist. So, you can see that President Obama and his aides have lied to you, purposefully, over and over again.

Given that, how can you continue to support the presidency of Barack Obama? How can you trust a single word that comes out of Obama’s mouth? He’s been caught in these lies. How many other lies is he telling, to support the same rotten, anti-Constitution policies that began under George W. Bush?

This is not what America was promised. It’s not change. It’s not hope. It’s nothing we can believe in.

I spent a lot of time last year writing that, in spite of his flaws, Obama was the best choice for President. Now, I wish I could take it all back.

Read through my articles from the last several years, and you’ll see I’m no Republican plant. I spent years fighting against the abusive, authoritartian, criminal policies of the presidency of George W. Bush. For a while, I really believed that Obama would be different.

Obama has had his chance to make a difference. Instead, he’s gone back on his word, and he’s continuing the worst aspects of the Bush years.

Barack Obama has not just earned my distrust. He has not merely earned the withdrawal of my support. Barack Obama has earned my ardent opposition. For me, as a liberal, knowing what I know, any other position would be profoundly dishonest.

I will not add my own dishonesty to Barack Obama’s.

3 comments to Obama Administration Lies About Torture Photographs Yet Again!

  • Jim

    It has come to my attention that Barack Obama may not, in the narrowest sense, be lying here.

    Notice that in his first sentence President Obama refers to “these photos” as not being “particularly sensational.” He may be referring to only the 44 photos the ACLU is suing to have released. Similarly, the follow-up statement by the White House that “none of the photos in question depict the images that are described in that article” refers only to “the photos in question,” not necessarily to all photographs. If “the photos in question” are the 44 photos in the ACLU lawsuit, then it is possible that those particular photos don’t show the acts Taguba describes.

    There are thousands of other photos, photos which apparently do show all the things Major General Taguba described. Taguba has now said he was referring to a different set of photographs than the photos Obama is attempting to supress in the ACLU case.

    This does not mean that Obama is not trying to suppress thousands of other photos. It only means that the 44 photos in the particular ACLU case may not, if Barack Obama is telling the truth, be “particularly sensational.” It would mean that the “particularly sensational photos” are of a different set.

    This would mean that a statement like “However, the Obama White House is claiming that these kind of photographs just don’t exist” is not necessarily true.

    As another matter, the photo of the topless woman were released by Salon in March 2006. She was an Abu Ghraib detainee who had apparently been arrested on suspicion of prostitution. See link here and here.

  • He may be referring to only the 44 photos that the ACLU is suing to have released.

    Or, he may not.

    Or, even if he is referring to those photographs, he may still be lying.

    Taguba’s statement, and then his clarification, show just how much we are depending upon people in positions of power to tell us what’s true, and we’re just supposed to trust them, blindly.

    I don’t think that Barack Obama’s broken promises on the issue of torture have earned him the benefit of the doubt.

  • Tom

    Well, apparently we don’t need a person in power to tell us (at least not we who have access to the internet) what to believe – you can find these pics if you search. It doesn’t even matter, since we saw the other disgusting, degrading photos back in ’06 and they’re still out there (raising the ire of the insurgents if you think that’s all they need to be pissed about). The fact that it happened in the first place – like torture – and is NOT being investigated tells the world all it needs to know about the complete bankruptcy (morally and financially) of the once “beacon of hope” U.S. of A.

    The audacity of hope, indeed.

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