Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Famous Abu Ghraib picture might be a FAKE!

The New York Times is investigating questions raised about the identity of a man who said in a Page 1 profile that he is the Abu Ghraib prisoner whose hooded image became an icon of abuse by American captors. The online magazine Salon.com challenged the man's identity, based on an examination of 280 Abu Ghraib pictures it has been studying for weeks and on an interview with an official of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command. The official says the man the Times profiled Saturday, Ali Shalal Qaissi, is not the detainee in the photograph.
In an e-mail to the Times, Chris Grey, chief spokesman for the Army investigations unit, wrote: "We have had several detainees claim they were the person depicted in the photograph in question. Our investigation indicates that the person you have is not the detainee who was depicted in the photograph released in connection with the Abu Ghraib investigation." "We take questions about our reporting very seriously, and we will carefully investigate Salon's findings," Susan Chira, the Times' foreign editor, said in Tuesday's editions. "We attempted to verify the claims of Mr. Qaissi thoroughly. We spoke with representatives of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, who had interviewed Mr. Qaissi and believed him to be the man in the photographs."
Qaissi also was interviewed and described as the hooded man in an article in Vanity Fair and in a broadcast on PBS, the Times noted. The Times said it was shown evidence by Amnesty International documenting Qaissi's incarceration at Abu Ghraib during the time the photographs were taken. The newspaper also said it spoke with the man's lawyers, and contacted the military, which said the Geneva Conventions prevented it from commenting about the identity of anyone in a photograph. The newspaper said it did not contact the Criminal Investigation Command in reporting the article. Asked about the challenge to his identity, Qaissi insisted to the Times that he was the man in the photograph.

This might be the biggest defeat of liberals by far.


Blogger Will Somerset said...

You might be the biggest defeat for human kind.

12:50 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Cyrus said...

Article didn't say it was fake... just said they can't figure out who's in the photo.

12:52 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger yugunter said...

c'mon liberals, this proves that your thirst to spit on America backfires again - can you say Dan Rather's fake memo - hehe

12:25 AM, March 15, 2006  
Blogger Will Somerset said...

Please explain how it proves that. Really. Prisoner abuse, as shown in the picture you posted, happened at Abu Ghraib, probably more extensively (and authorized further up the chain of command) then any of us even know.

The story doesn't dispute that. I'm sorry you think torture is a good American value that helps defeat terrorism. You are kind of dumb that way though.

But, if you really think it's torture is cool and fun, then please tell me you live in Vancouver so we can meet up and I can sick dogs on your naked ass while my friends take pictures.

3:04 AM, March 15, 2006  
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