Kill Team Photos

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  1. Bloody kids these days; no appreciation for what 'deniability' means now that they all take millions of photos and post everything to Facebook....

    During the first five months of last year, a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan went on a shooting spree, killing at least four unarmed civilians and mutilating several of the corpses. The “kill team” – members of the 5th Stryker Brigade stationed near Kandahar – took scores of photos chronicling their kills and their time in Afghanistan. Even before the war crimes became public, the Pentagon went to extraordinary measures to suppress the photos, launching a massive effort to find every file and pull the pictures out of circulation before they could touch off a scandal on the scale of Abu Ghraib.

    The images – more than 150 of which have been obtained by Rolling Stone – portray a front-line culture among U.S. troops in which killing innocent civilians is seen as a cause for celebration. “Most people within the unit disliked the Afghan people,” one of the soldiers told Army investigators. “Everyone would say they’re savages.”

    Many of the photos depict explicit images of violent deaths that have yet to be identified by the Pentagon. Among the soldiers, the collection was treated like a war memento. It was passed from man to man on thumb drives and hard drives, the gruesome images of corpses and war atrocities filed alongside clips of TV shows, UFC fights and films such as Iron Man 2. One soldier kept a complete set, which he made available to anyone who asked.

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  2. Haven't people been taking pictures of corpses on the battlefield since at least the American Civil War? And don't our noble enemies like to have themselves filmed as they cut our heads off? The only thing I would say is that if the soldiers next to the corpses in the photos are grinning then it may be because of post-action nerves, and the relief at winning, rather than some kinky psychological problem.
  3. We are supposed to be portraying ourselves as the more civilised side...

    Because psychopaths/sociopaths have never been employed in the Armed Forces...
  4. Someone called me a sociopath the other day......still not been arrsed to look up the meaning.
  5. It means you like walking on "social paths". It's a compliment.
  6. the problem is they murdered innocent (or at least, unarmed) civilians for sport.

    do you condone that?
  7. It's fine for the Taliban to stone women.........when in Rome.
  8. Just don't walk on the grass.
  9. No I don't. If that is what they are doing there, then they will come back here and cause problems. My point is that if a soldier is photographed beside corpses, grinning or not, it does not mean that he has a long term psychological problem.

    On the lighter side, if you must be photographed beside your dead enemies, perhaps it would look more stylish if you looked into the distance, Victorian fashion.
  10. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    With a pipe between your teeth and your rifle nonchalantly cradled in one arm.
  11. "Morlock posing with an Afghan child. The photos collected by soldiers included many shots of local children, often filed alongside images of bloody casualties. At one point, soldiers in 3rd Platoon talked about throwing candy out of a Stryker vehicle as they drove through a village and shooting the children who came running to pick up the sweets."

    I'm sory but there is no excuse for that. Therefore, yes, this man does have a long term psychological problem and should not be allowed anywhere near a gun, nevermind representing his country in a war against terror . . .
  12. and one foot on the body, and a hand on one hip.....

  13. and yet you make it sound like a sport :)
  14. lol you get the jist!