the resignation of Daily Mirror Editor, Piers
Morgan, following him admitting that he had been hoaxed
and that the photographs which he had published of
Iraqi prisoners being abused by British occupation
troops had been computer enhanced, I was left wondering,
is this totally believable?
reason I ask this question is, for those of us of
in Northern Ireland of republican ilk,who have had
the displeasure of an interrogation session, at either
Holywood Palace or Girdwood Barracks, the images of
Iraqis, naked with bags over their heads being mocked
and urinated on by British soldiers, were all too
For many republicans, these sights would have engendered
a feeling of de-ja vu.
All too familiar to us are these images and bring
back the memories of being told to stand naked, with
a coarse sack over your head, tied tightly around
your neck, with your fingertips against the wall,
while some Special Branch cretin or British soldier
kicked you in th pit of the stomach or kicked your
legs from beneath you so that you fell, either striking
your head against a radiator or the floor.
while you were in what is termed, the search position,
being kicked with great force in the testicles.
being rammed with a cattle prod.
having instruments inserted in your anal passage on
the pretext of searching for anything that might be
used as a weapon.
All of these things being done in conjunction with
the usual beating with batons on the head, kicking
on the shins, punching to the kidneys and constant
screaming, (mainly by us) which accompanied the arrest
of any republican sympathiser at that particular time.
if all of the aformentioned didn't get you to admit
that you were a "Murdering Provo Bastard",
then they would use the psychological approach and
play a game of Russian roulette with you, if that
didn't work, then maybe a little trip to their doctor
This brought you into the presence of a Mengele like
figure who would administer an injection which he
would tell you would make you impotent, I could never
quite figure out why they took you to this character
after the torture sessions, as after being kicked
regularly in the balls and the pit of the stomach,
the chances of you ever getting any of your reproductive
organs to work again were pretty slim anyway (maybe
the Brits should update their torture manual to reflect
So, Piers, I have to say that to myself and I would
imagine, an awful lot more people in Ireland, your
confession that you had been hoaxed and that the images
had been computer enhanced, do not ring true.
that old saying? You can't hoax a hoaxer!
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