Complete integrity lost. If the soldier committed these acts, trying to cover them up and using the excuse, “the photographs could incite violence” is only self serving. Until the brass admits that they operate under two or more standards…those of the troops and then of the officer, the brass, the government, they will continue to hide from the American public the truth…and they will be aided and abetted by the dysfunctional two party system that has taken over this country to the detriment of the people….
Pentagon Sought to Stop Paper From Using Photos
Los Angeles Times, April 18, 2012
The grisly photographs of American soldiers posing with the body parts of Afghan insurgents during a 2010 deployment in Afghanistan were the source of a dispute between The Los Angeles Times and the Pentagon lasting weeks.
Two of the 18 photographs given to the paper were published Wednesday by The Times over fierce objections by military officials who said that the photographs could incite violence. The officials had asked The Times not to publish any of the photographs, a fact that the defense secretary, Leon E. Panetta, reiterated on Wednesday as the images spread across the Internet.
Read full article. Use first link above to see the two photos.
Phi Beta Iota: Citing earlier LA Times report: “An American soldier says he released the photos to the Los Angeles Times to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline. The Army has started a criminal investigation.” This is exactly right. We are glad someone in the US military still has intelligence and integrity. A force is the embodiment of its commander. The US military is “out of control” and has morally disengaged. They have lost their soul. If we had the power, not only would Panetta be gone and Gates' ridiculous Presidential Medal of Freedom rescinded (as ridiculous as the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama for his first ten days in office), but the flag officers would be retired en masse, all one grade lower than their present rank. They are a uniform disgrace to the nation for their lack of integrity in matters large and small.