INQUIRY OVER

That was quick. Remember that appalling revelation that U.S. soldiers were posting pictures of mutilated corpses of dead Iraqis on a website in order to get free access to amateur porn? It was clearly a violation of the Geneva Conventions, and a horrifying insight into the culture that has been allowed to percolate in the military in Iraq. After this blog and others raised the alarm, there was an investigation. It lasted a few days. It’s done now:

The Army Criminal Investigation Command in Iraq conducted the preliminary inquiry within the past week but closed it after concluding no felony crime had been committed and failing to determine whether U.S. soldiers were responsible for the photos and whether they showed actual war dead, Army officials said.
Col. Joe Curtin, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, said there currently was no formal investigation into the matter.

Violation of the Geneva Conventions? Who cares? This is the Bush administration. The Geneva Conventions are a dead letter to them. Decisions like this send a further message to the troops. This stuff ain’t no thing. And we wonder why the allegations of abuse and torture keep coming. If the military spent an ounce of the effort they are now deploying to break the will of Ian Fishback on ridding the military of men who violate the Geneva Conventions, we might get somewhere. But just remember who ultimately sets the tone for the military: the Pentagon and the White House. And the message has gotten through loud and clear.

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