Der Spiegel Publishes Horrific “Kill Team” Photos

Via Speigel Online International

It is so odd that, despite being a free country with a voracious and independent media, here in the US we don’t publish photos of our military doing God-awful things. Because that, I guess, is just crossing the line.

German newsmagazine Der Spiegel doesn’t care about that line, and went ahead and published two photos of Army soldiers posing with the bodies of Afghan civilians they killed. (The magazine says it has about 4,000 images and videos total.) The Americans in the photos are part of a so-called “kill team” of 12 soldiers that enjoyed murdering unarmed civilians and are now being charged with war crimes.

A lot of defense hawks will claim the photos will provoke backlash, including targeted attacks on US troops, and that is why they shouldn’t be published. I say not committing atrocious thrill kills and then posing for trophy photos would be a better way to prevent backlash. (To reiterate, the soldiers took 4,000 pieces of photos and video to serve as momentos.)

A quick scan of the few major US outlets that ran the story, like the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, showed they used official army portraits of the accused men to illustrate the story.

Time to replace Bradley Manning with these “heroes.”

Via Speigel Online International

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12 Responses to “Der Spiegel Publishes Horrific “Kill Team” Photos”


  1. 1 Keith March 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Ugly war photos never go over very well with politicians and military brass. On recorded audio, Nixon and Haldeman debated whether or not the famous “Napalm Girl” photo by Nick Ut was a fake.

  2. 2 Brian Green March 22, 2011 at 4:23 am

    My question looking at those photos is umm if they just killed that kid why are his pants off?

    • 3 babydiscarted March 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Whatever went on, it’s pretty creepy.

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