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US troops executing prisoners in Afghanistan, journalist says

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The journalist who helped break the story that detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were being tortured by their US jailers told an audience at a journalism conference last month that American soldiers are now executing prisoners in Afghanistan.

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Comment by Leslie Fish
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I would take this story (about US soldiers executing prisoners in Afghanistan) with a large grain of salt, considering the source.  Seymour Hersh, of "The New Yorker" was the reporter who first exposed the story of the My Lai massacre, and he's been trying for a repeat performance ever since;  this makes him a prime candidate for hoaxes.  He's the one who broke the story about the Abu Ghraib "tortures" -- without so much as looking carefully at those famous photos. 

In fact, anyone who has ever done any serious photographic analysis can tell you that the infamous Abu Ghraib photos were faked.   

First, both the US Army and the Red Cross investigated Abu Ghraib, and found no evidence that the "tortures" -- actually humiliations -- ever took place.  Second, even a cursory look at the history of Abu Ghraib prison will show you that the photos could not possibly have been taken there.  The building is a 15th-century fortress, with thick stone walls, narrow passageways, and high narrow "archer's" windows;  it was strung with overhead electric lights late in the 20th century, but common electric light-bulbs such as are available in that country give off a distinctly blue-toned light.  Yet the famous photos show wide areas of polished tile floors, and smooth modern walls, lit by bright diffuse butter-yellow light.  There are several other discrepancies between what's known about the fortress and what's shown in the photos, and any good photographer or photographic analyst could tell you about them.  

Yet Mr. Hersh accepted the photos at face-value, and wrote his wonderfully impassioned "expose" based on them -- with no further confirmation.  The army found no confirmation of his story, and neither did the Red Cross.

Now he tells us that US troops are shooting prisoners in Afghanistan -- or at least turning them over to the other Afghanis, who shoot them.  Where is the confirmation?  Where is his evidence, let alone proof?

The media in recent years have shown a lamentable tendency to publish exciting, shocking, politically-motivated stories without doing their homework, without getting confirmation, without investigating the facts.  I've seen them doing this at home, in their wonderfully biased coverage of the Tea Party movement and much else besides.  I'm surely not the only one who's noticed this.

It's not at all surprising that Americans are trusting the media less and less these days.  They've thoroughly earned that distrust. 

I wouldn't be so quick to believe this story, either, if I were you.

--Leslie <;)))><     )O(

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