Wednesday, September 28, 2005

About Time

The military is finally getting around to launching an investigation whatever the website is that's offering free porn in exchange for...war porn:

The Army has opened an investigation into whether American troops have sent gruesome photographs of Iraqi war dead to an Internet site where the soldiers were given free access to online pornography, Army officials said Tuesday...

Paul Boyce, an Army spokesman, said that if soldiers had posted the images, their actions could violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which defines conduct unbecoming an officer or enlisted soldier.

Another Pentagon official who reviewed the Web site said it raised questions, as well, of whether the acts could be viewed as a violation of the Geneva Conventions, which set standards for treatment of remains of those killed in a combat zone.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil rights and advocacy group, called for an investigation after details of the photographs were described in news media and online reports.

Arsalan Iftikhar, the group's legal director, asked Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to "investigate this troubling phenomenon and do whatever is necessary to bring it to an end."

Billmon, AmericaBlog, and The Rude Pundit all wrote about this...

Gotta get back to class.

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