"I mean, I looked at them last night, and they're hard to believe.” They show acts "that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane," he added.
"...scenes of 'rape and murder.'"
No, we're not talking about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
These are quotes by Rumsfeld and a Republican Senator who viewed 87 photographs and four videos from Abu Ghraib prison that the Pentagon, in an eleventh hour move, blocked from release this weekend.
A federal judge had ordered the release of the material by Saturday in response to a FOIA lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union
Seymour Hersh has commented the following on the tapes:
In the same period, reporter Seymour Hersh, who helped uncover the scandal, said in a speech before an ACLU convention: “Some of the worse that happened that you don't know about, ok? Videos, there are women there. Some of you may have read they were passing letters, communications out to their men….The women were passing messages saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what's happened.’Sodomizing children.
“Basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys/children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. The worst about all of them is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror it's going to come out.”
But don't forget the wingnuts favorite line about Abu Ghraib:
There was no torture -- it was nothing more than the kind of hijinks, shenanigans, and tom-foolery that you'd find at a frat initiation.
And besides, how can our Congress get too excited at the real violence and toruture when there's fake violence to be had in video games?