May 13, 2004
One of These Quotes Doesn’t Belong
Can you guess which one:
“I don’t know how the hell these people got into our army,” said Colorado Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell after viewing what he called a fraction of the images.
“I saw cruel, sadistic torture,” said Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., who said some of the images were of male prisoners masturbating. She said she saw a man hitting himself against a wall as though to knock himself unconscious.
Others said they saw images of corpses, military dogs snarling at cowering prisoners, women commanded to expose their breasts and sex acts, including forced homosexual sex.
“There were people who were forced to have sex with each other,” said Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y.
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said, “There were some pictures where it looked like a prisoner was sodomizing himself” with an object. He said blood was visible in the photograph.
Not everyone reacted the same way to the additional photos.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said he thought “some people are overreacting.”
“The people who are against the war are using this to their political ends,” he said.
That’s what was really, truly running through Tom DeLay’s head after he saw those pictures. It’s too bad he was elected GOP Leader and the rest of them have been his rubberstamps for the past three years.
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