Philosophy Hurts Your Head

The blog of a cranky Philosophy PhD Student from Newcastle, Australia.

US Soldiers swap gore for porn

Posted by Sam D on September 28, 2005

In searching for confirmation of a rumor that US soldiers were setting up porn sites from Iraq I discovered a far more disturbing situation. A website, http://nowthatsfuckedup.com/ , containing ‘amateur’ porn is now, and has for some time, been offering free site membership to military stationed in Iraq if they send pictures or video of deceased insurgents, the more graphic and gory the better. I first found the story here.

To label this as ‘disturbing’ is a spectacular understatement. I recommend that if people want to look at this site they had better not be eating at the time. One example that many will find disturbing and offensive on many levels is the post titled: “Nice puss / bad foot”, which shows an Iraqi woman who has (alledgedly) stepped on a land mine. Her leg is enough to turn most stomachs. Her genitalia is clearly visible below the edge of her skirt. (I won’t dignify this with a direct link, but if you don’t believe me and want to see for yourself it is not hard to find on the site.) The ensuing discussion concerning the personal hygiene habits of women from certain cultures and the treatment of this woman as a sex object by the participants in the discussion are enough to make the blood of anyone even vaguely feminist boil.

Other material includes photo’s showing dead bodies in extreme detail, some surrounded by grinning Coalition soldiers.

As I said, all of this is disturbing enough. A more chilling implication is that this is not an unknown activity. A comment on the recent Is That Legal ? post on this issue indicates that the story was broken on Nur al-Cubicle around a month ago. While it may have made the news in Italy in particular, it does not seem to have made the news in the US or here. The bulk of the ‘western’ blogsphere seems only to have picked this up in the last week or so. This is a story that people need to hear. It appears to be accurate. It is therefore, part of the reality of this ‘war’. Anyone with any media contacts in Australia should encourage them to run this story.

If you thought the irony was over, you were wrong. The site at the center of this bizarre issue, nowthatsfuckedup.com, says it does not want pictures of wounded Coalition soldiers.

That this is happening at the same time as the US government is talking up its ‘war on porn’ is outrageous. If the current administration is aware of this activity, the implication that consenting adults tying each other up, having sex, and selling the picures online is somehow worse than the swap deal that is occurring. Such a twisting of values is implied, it beggars belief.

I find it hard to believe that this photo-trade is in line with Geneva conventions. But as Is that Legal? observes, no one seem to care.

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One Response to “US Soldiers swap gore for porn”

  1. There are unconfirmed reports that this swap has been going on for around a year. As far as I can tell it’s only been reported in the english-speaking media and blogsphere for the 5 weeks or so.

    It’s a bit depressing. I thnk I need to go read the FSM letter again.

    I’m also considering contacting some news agencies to ask whay they have not run this story.

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