First, we have no idea that they're real. As this thread has pointed out, there are plenty of fake ones out there that get played off as real. Second, we have no evidence of when/where they were taken. Third, there's no indication of who any of the people in the pictures are. Fourth, there's no context for what's happening.
I'm simply loath to believe the most extreme claims without any evidence.
Finally, as to the original topic of this thread:
VOA News - US Rejects Newspaper Report on Iraq Prison Photos
The Obama administration is strongly denying a British newspaper report that says images of apparent rape and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners are among photographs that the U.S. government is trying to prevent from being made public.
U.S. Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman Thursday said the Telegraph showed "an inability to get the facts right" and completely mischaracterized the images described in the article. Whitman said none of the photos in question depicts the images described in the newspaper article.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs also dismissed the British newspaper report.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Crimes of a sexual nature?
Maybe the first one did but hardly the second one.
A July 2004 report by the Army's Criminal Investigation Command (CID) concluded that the horrors depicted in these photos did not involve criminal acts by guards. This includes incidents in which the detainee sodomized himself with a banana, covered himself with his own feces, and banged his head repeatedly against a steel door until his head was bloody. At several points, military police claimed they put this detainee in restraints allegedly to "prevent the detainee from sodomizing himself and assaulting himself and others with his bodily fluids," found a report by Maj. Gen. George R. Fay.
Nonetheless, Army investigators say these photographs show clear evidence of abuse. "A detainee with a known mental condition should not have been provided the banana or photographed," the Fay report concluded. Military investigators did not further address the legal or moral consequences of U.S. soldiers' allowing a debilitated prisoner in their custody to cause himself serious physical harm.
Abu Ghraib Files - Salon.com News
As for not photographing it, and preventing it?
I don't know.
I think it was best to photograph it for official purposes to show the guards were not involved.
Who would have thought?
I surely wouldn't have immediately tried to stop him unless I knew what his intentions were. For all I would have guessed was that he was trying to reach an itch, until he started... you know. ???
But then again it needed to be photographed to show that he did it himself so blame couldn't be placed on anybody else.
This particular individual should have been video taped 24/7 as far as I am concerned.
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In the link to the two photos I found this comment which, though hard to accept, is accurate:
We must see these forbidden pictures for the same reason German civilians were forced to walk the liberated concentration camps and see first hand the horrors their government committed. How else
will our country purge itself of these atrocities and move on?