A former American general who was involved in researching alleged cases of abuse in Abu Ghraib as well as at other prisons in Iraq indicated the photos President Obama does not want released depict even more vivid examples of abuse by American guards than previously seen by the public. General Antonio Taguiba agrees showing these photos would be damaging to the American war effort. “I am not sure what purpose their release would serrve other than a legal one and the consequence would be to imperil our troops.”
According to the British newspaper, the Telegraph, the photos depict an American soldier raping a female detainee and an American male translator raping a male detainee. It is still unclear who made the photos and who actually has examined them.
These photos eventually will be all over the Internet, given modern communication and the power of blogs. It would be preferable if the American government released them with appropriate apologies to all concerned.