June 01, 2007

Osama's House of Horrors

The mainstream media is staying mute on a recently discovered Al-Qaeda torture manual. From FrontPageMagazine:

The same media hacks that brought us countless images of Spc. Lynndie England doing her best John Dillinger imitation with an Iraqi prisoner while covering the Abu Ghraib scandal have suddenly gone mute on the release last week by US military officials of a graphic al-Qaeda torture manual that provides illustrations and instructions on how to use hammers, blow torches and meat cleavers to extract information from their victims in Iraq. This deliberate silence has been occurring as US forces are scouring Iraq looking for two US soldiers who presumably are being subject to the very tortures described in that manual and the body of one of their colleagues was discovered exhibiting signs of that same torture.
The manual was recovered earlier in the month when US soldiers conducted a raid on an al-Qaeda site northeast of Karmah. Freed during the raid were four men and a 13-year old boy – all of whom showed evident signs of torture. According to the military press release, the five individuals said that they had been beaten with chains, cables and hoses by foreign Arab fighters, presumably waging “defensive jihad” against innocent Iraqis. The illustrated torture manual was recovered on a computer found at the location.

But as Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters noted in a short item last week (“Will Media Report Al-Qaeda Torture Manual with Same Zeal as Abu Ghraib?”) and a follow-up post on Friday (“Media Totally Ignore Al-Qaeda Torture Manual”), the media establishment has barely noticed the story even though it features attention-grabbing images even more shocking than the Abu Ghraib abuses. Sheppard asked, “With this in mind, given the media’s fascination with what American soldiers were doing at Abu Ghraib, is it safe to assume that the same level of attention will be given to what our enemy is doing? Or, would that be too much like journalism?”
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