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Tea Party-Backed Candidate Posted X-Ray Images of Dead People Online

Medical ethics experts say it was inappropriate for Senate candidate Milton Wolf to post the images on Facebook.
 
 
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A Tea Party-backed candidate is at it again, exposing the Republicans to charges of nuttiness.  

A right-wing candidate for the Senate, Dr. Milton Wolf, is challenging the current Kansas GOP Senator Pat Roberts.  Now, Wolf is under fire after X-ray images of dead people he posted have surfaced.

The story was first reported by the Topeka Capital Journal. In 2010, Wolf “posted a collection of gruesome X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries to his Facebook page and participated in online commentary layered with macabre jokes and descriptions of  carnage,” the Journal’s Tim Carpenter reports.

For instance, Wolf posted an image of a person decapitated by gunfire.  It shows a skull broken apart.  “One of my all-time favorites," Wolf wrote on Facebook. "From my residency days there was a pretty active 'knife and gun club' at Truman Medical Center. What kind of gun blows somebody's head completely off? I've got to get one of those.”

In another posting on the same picture, Wolf wrote: “It reminds (me) of the scene from 'Terminator 2' when they shoot the liquid metal terminator guy in the face at close range and it kind of splits him open temporarily almost like a flower blooming. We all find beauty in different things.”

Wolf has cast questions about the images as an attack by his opponent, Senator Roberts.  

Medical ethics experts questioned why Wolf would post images.  “The dignity and privacy of the individual should be protected,” John Carney, a bioethicist, told the Topeka Capital Journal. It doesn't sound like they're being protected if they're, obviously, on Facebook.”

 

Alex Kane is AlterNet's New York-based World editor, and an assistant editor for Mondoweiss. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

 
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