More Damaging Than Abu Ghraib? Repugnant Army 'Kill Team' Took Photos, Trophies from Murdered Afghan Civilians

It's the most despicable act of sadistic voyeurism by the US Military since the pictures from Abu Ghraib surfaced. The Guardian reports that the US Army 'Kill Team' -- 12 soldiers currently facing trial for senseless murders of Afghan civilians -- took more than 4000 photographs of their actions, including shots of themselves posing with the dead as though they were hunting trophies.

The German paper Der Spiegel has published a lengthy piece accompanied by some of the pictures, which are so horrific that both NATO and military leaders in Afghanistan are preparing for public protest, riots or worse. Yesterday, the UN ordered an employee 'lockdown' around Kabul, telling staff to remain in their compounds. The US Army apologized in a statement for images"depicting actions repugnant to us as human beings and contrary to the standards and values of the United States".

The Der Spiegel article reveals grisly, shocking new information about the actions of the 'Kill Team,' including details about the 'trophies' the soldiers took from their victims -- an action typical of serial killers. The Guardian:

In one incident in May last year, the article says, during a patrol, the team apprehended a mullah who was standing by the road and took him into a ditch where they made him kneel down.

The group's leader, Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, then allegedly threw a grenade at the man while an order was given for him to be shot.

Afterwards, Gibbs is described cutting off one of the man's little fingers and removing a tooth.

The patrol team later claimed to their superiors that the mullah had tried to threaten them with a grenade and that they had no choice but to shoot.

The 12 soldiers are currently facing an array of charges, including murder, the mutilation of corpses, the possession of images of human casualties and drug abuse. Horrifying. Read more at The Guardian.

The photoshave leaked. View with discretion.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 21, 2011, 4:02am

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