Message to the world: The US government doesn't give a damn about Muslims or the Geneva Conventions.
Outrageous. They just canceled the entire investigation of the scandal involving US soldiers allegedly trading death pics from Iraq for access to online porn. And the reasons the military is giving for canceling the investigation are simply outrageous. Get this.
The Army Criminal Investigation Command in Iraq conducted the preliminary inquiry within the past week but closed it after concluding no felony crime had been committed and failing to determine whether U.S. soldiers were responsible for the photos and whether they showed actual war dead, Army officials said. Col. Joe Curtin, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, said there currently was no formal investigation into the matter.Again, they're playing with this "felony" word but then suggesting that there's no other formal investigation going on. There are lots of problems here beyond whether or not a felony has occurred.
Second, the reasons for their not finding a felony are simply bizarre.
1. They can't figure out if US soldiers are responsible for the photos. Uh, there are several photos of soldiers faces. They're smiling for the camera and pointing at the body parts. Have you asked them? Also, the Online Journalism Review story quotes a soldier by name admitting to posting the photos online.
Have they talked to this guy?
Or any of these guys?
Or these guys?
2. The military can't tell whether the photos show actual war dead. Uh excuse me, but what exactly do those photos show? A man behind a steering wheel with his head blown off and two US soldiers peering in the window. Again, have you asked those soldiers?
And, tell me, how exactly did this man die with so many US soldier standing over his body? Suicide? Natural causes? Angina? Broken heart?
And here are some more questions for the military:
1. Why were these photos taken at all?
2. Who took these photos - if not military, then who? Do our soldiers normally pose with dead bodies for strangers on the streets?
3. How did these photos get online at all? Have you bothered asking the soldiers in the photos? Have you tried to get the records of the web master to see who emailed him and from what computer?
What exactly HAS the military done to get to the bottom of this? They launched an investigation that lasted, apparently, a matter of hours. And now they tell us there's nothing they can do, and nothing they're going to do, about the outright racist abuse of Muslims by US troops.
And we wonder why they hate us?