Monday, May 10, 2004

ABU GHRAIB -- BACK IN THE U.S.A.

You can Google around and begin to find a number of articles and blog posts that are saying Abu Ghraib isn't that big of a deal if you know anything about how prisons are run in the US.

Huh?

Yep -- it seems that some of the stuff we have seen in the "horror" photos is fairly commonplace in US prisons and even in Germany.

In fact, it has been mentioned that many of the military police who ran Abu Ghraib were, in civilian life, prison guards. So they didn't really see what was wrong with what they were doing. They apparently do it all the time

NO, THIS DOESN'T EXCUSE THEIR BEHAVIOR, but it sheds a little light on an important journalistic question: If American prisoners in American prisons are being treated like this, where is American journalism on that issue?


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