Posted by Brad @ 2:10 am on May 30th 2009

News Story of the Day


[Senator Lindsey] Graham, speaking after Rumsfeld’s Senate testimony, suggested that material in at least one tape held by Defense Department investigators could be by far the most-damaging yet to the U.S. military effort in Iraq and its prestige around the world.

“The American public needs to understand, we’re talking about rape and murder here. We’re not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience. We’re talking about rape and murder and some very serious charges,” Graham said to reporters. Graham said, however, he hadn’t seen the videos that are part of the investigation into the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers and military contractors.

Rumsfeld, too, said that even more damaging evidence is likely to come.

“There are a lot more photographs and videos that exist. If these are released to the public, obviously it’s going to make matters worse.”

The Pentagon won’t release other photos or videos because officials said they are evidence in criminal investigations. So far, six military personnel have been charged in connection with the Abu Ghraib abuse. Six separate investigations are still under way, and Rumsfeld pledged that they will go wherever the evidence leads them, even to high-ranking officers. The investigations include allegations of homicide.

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