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Taguba: Rape Photos Not At Issue In Lawsuit -- But They Do Exist

And it looks like that's what happened. The retired major general, Antonio Taguba, told Salon Friday night that he hasn't seen the photos in the ACLU lawsuit, and wasn't referring to them when he spoke to the Telegraph. Rather, Taguba was talking about other photos that he looked at as part of his torture investigation.

This clarifies things -- in both directions. The charge that President Obama, in the ACLU lawsuit, is blocking the release of photos that depict such horrific acts, appears to be untrue. But on the more important, underlying issue, Taguba seems to have confirmed that he's seen photos showing US soldiers raping and sexually abusing Iraqi detainees, both male and female -- and therefore that such things occurred.