Thursday, February 24
Gannon's Greatest Hits
May 10, 2004: "Q In your denunciations of the Abu Ghraib photos, you've used words like 'sickening,' 'disgusting' and 'reprehensible.' Will you have any adjectives left to adequately describe the pictures from Saddam's rape rooms and torture chambers? And will Americans ever see those images?
"MR. McCLELLAN: I'm glad you brought that up, Jeff, because the President talks about that often."
Here's the kicker: Sy Hersh has argued that this whole Abu Ghraib thing goes right to the top. The DailyKOS writes that kids were sodomized with glowsticks. Alberto Gonzalez, the Larry Flint of Prison Porn, creates the climate to allow for this to happen, and Bush appoints him to Attorney General, all the while, Rummy was trying to resign.
Gannon was the guy that got the war porn out.
Put Abu Ghraib "in proper perspective"
Gannon downplayed the "alleged" abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in a May 11, 2004, article titled "Administration Pressed to Release Pictures from Saddam's Torture Chambers." In the article, Gannon acknowledged that it was actually Talon News that was pressing the administration to release the photos to "put the photographs from Abu Ghraib in proper perspective." According to Gannon:
Some Americans are angry about the overreaction of the "Arab street" and the politicization of the [Abu Ghraib] matter by Democrats. The White House press corps' demands for an apology from President Bush have been a particular source of annoyance to many since no apologies were issued after several American contractors were burned and hung from a bridge in Falluja last month. They contend that the prisoners that were photographed while naked will survive their ordeal, but many of Saddam's victims did not survive the torture chambers and will never be seen again.
Gannon himself had asked White House press secretary Scott McClellan to release the photos during the previous day's press briefing, and in doing so provided yet another "lifeline" to McClellan, who had faced a series of tough questions about the administration's accountability in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal.
Madsen has an interesting theory:
The discovery of Gannon's involvement with military-oriented gay pornographic sites having sado-masochistic overtones, including urination, has a number of observers looking for a connection with the documented cases of prisoner sexual abuse by U.S. military members and contractors. That abuse included male-on-male rape, male-on-female rape, the sodomizing by U.S. and allied military personnel of young male and teen prisoners with such implements as glow sticks and broom handles, forcing naked male prisoners to form human pyramids, guards urinating on prisoners, forcing prisoners to smear themselves with feces, and subjecting prisoners to forced masturbation.
The presence of cameras in prison facilities had many Washington insiders wondering if the gay S&M prostitution ring centered in the White House had access to pornographic videos from torture centers such as Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.