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Sean Hannity is a disgrace. He mocks the degradation of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib by suggesting that the abuse photos might have been a DNC plant. Joking or not, it’s really tasteless and offensive. From MediaMatters’ David Brock:


HANNITY: “[T]his woman who also produced — was the producer who obtained the Abu Ghraib photos. … [T]he same person that had the Abu Ghraib pictures — the Abu Ghraib photos is apparently the same one that got these documents. … Now here’s the question. Where did she get all this stuff from? So that could mean that Abu Ghraib — where did that come from? Was that a DNC plot too? I mean, there’s a lot of questions here.”

David Brock takes him down…

In questioning whether the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse photographs were part of “a DNC plot too,” Hannity is making two assumptions, the first of which is unproven and the second for which no credible evidence has been offered: that the CBS memos are fake, and that the DNC is responsible for them. As for Hannity’s advancement of the conspiracy theory of a “DNC plot” in regard to the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, the best response is offered by the August final report (pdf) of the Independent Panel to Review DoD [Department of Defense] Detention Operations:

The events of October through December 2003 on the night shift of Tier 1 at Abu Ghraib prison were acts of brutality and purposeless sadism. We now know these abuses occurred at the hands of both military police and military intelligence personnel. The pictured abuses, unacceptable even in wartime, were not part of authorized interrogations nor were they even directed at intelligence targets. They represent deviant behavior and a failure of military leadership and discipline.

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