Consider Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, who may have done as much for the perpetuation of the permanent war against our current Other as any drone-bombing of wedding parties:
Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of "trophy" photographs of US soldiers posing with the dead bodies of defenceless Afghan civilians they killed.
They fear that the pictures could be even more damaging as they show the aftermath of the deliberate murders of Afghan civilians by a rogue US Stryker tank unit that operated in the southern province of Kandahar last year.
An investigation by Der Spiegel has unearthed approximately 4,000 photos and videos taken by the men.
The magazine, which is planning to publish only three images, said that in addition to the crimes the men were on trial for there are "also entire collections of pictures of other victims that some of the defendants were keeping".
In one incident in May last year, the article says, during a patrol, the team apprehended a mullah who was standing by the road and took him into a ditch where they made him kneel down.
The group's leader, Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, then allegedly threw a grenade at the man while an order was given for him to be shot.
Afterwards, Gibbs is described cutting off one of the man's little fingers and removing a tooth.
For further enflaming anti-American sentiment, for making the war that wins by not winning even more un-winnable - in other words, for advancing Corporate's interests in a significant but sloppy fashion - Staff Sergeant Gibbs will likely spend the rest of his life in the brig (where I hope he's treated humanely, the motherfucker) for violating Corporate's public relations rules. We all serve Corporate on multiple-levels.
Senior officials at Nato's International Security Assistance Force in Kabul have compared the pictures published by the German news weekly Der Spiegel to the images of US soldiers abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq which sparked waves of anti-US protests around the world.
Yes, we're all aware of the devastating consequences Abu Ghraib wrecked on both George Bush's reelection campaign and Corporate's ability to maintain public support for not just perpetual war, more perpetual war.
- Ugly truths.
- The lesson of Libya.
- Libya, for your consideration.
- Oh my. Read the comments too. Then this (and its comments).
- This time for sure.
- Godlike powers of Obama.
- Winning hearts and minds.
- $157M worth of democracy. No heating oil for grandma, though.
- Death and after in Iraq.
- Good question.
- You'd have to be on glue.
- Orwell allusions work.
- Your president: Under cover of the quasi-war against Libya and the Japanese nuclear crisis, the Justice Department released two significant and long-outstanding Bush-era legal memoranda on Friday evening. Both deal with an intelligence community program so secret that even its name has to be redacted. Referred to by Bush Administration lawyers as simply “the program,” it apparently granted the Defense Department (and particularly its National Security Agency) authority to sweep through millions of communications—on telephone, by fax, in emails, through Internet visits, at home and abroad, involving U.S. citizens and foreigners.
- Small victory!
- Motherfucking self-entitled pussy.
- On the above motherfucking self-entitled pussy.
- Quelle surprise!
- Another report from Japan. Two things: (a) Seb used both canary and Cassandra in reference to himself, which is halfway to me and my CWCF, and (b) he can't comment here - other friends have told me the same - and does anyone know why blooger lets some people comment but not others and how I can fix that? I'm a dope - I see nothing on my dashboard that would unblock.
- Book of the Month Club.
- Žižek on tact in the age of wikileaks.
- Žižek hates tulips.
- What a clown, and I mean that in the best way. (h/t)
- Yoga-store murder: more. More.
- On disappearing bookstores. I feel no sadness - which once would have surprised me - at the demise of Borders.
- The decline of second-hand bookstores, however, sucks.
- Silliman's always generous lit-links.
- New formats.
- Darkblack's Sunday Overnight.
- I will not sing hateful songs.
- Please take.
- Now was.
- Jeff the Brotherhood.
Oh, the coming-out-of-nowhere moment when, nothing happens no what-have-I-to-do-today-list maybe half a moment the rush of traffic stops. The whir of I should be, I should be, I should be slows to silence, the white cotton curtains hanging still.