Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Bravery

This gentleman probably knows that he will be audited by the IRS or something but chose to speak anyway:

"There's definitely a cover-up," the witness, Sgt. Samuel Provance, said. "People are either telling themselves or being told to be quiet."
Provance, 30, was part of the 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion stationed at Abu Ghraib last September. He spoke to ABCNEWS despite orders from his commanders not to. "What I was surprised at was the silence," said Provance. "The collective silence by so many people that had to be involved, that had to have seen something or heard something."

For some reason I am reminded of the feeling I got when Jessica Lynch refused to remain a propaganda tool when it would have been easier (and probably more profitable) to do so. The DOD circulated the rumor that she was sodomized.

Support the troops by spreading lies about them or support the troops by publicly invading their anal privacy? Neither one sounds worthy of the respect our servicepeople deserve.

My hat is off to both of you and so many others who have showed uncommon and unconventional bravery.

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