Rumsfeld bans cameras...

In keeping with the current neocon/republican argument that the Iraqi prisoner torture problem isn't as bad as the fact that incontrovertible evidence of it in the form of gruesome video and digital images has been made public, Rumsfeld has banned.....not torture, but cameras.

Mobile phones fitted with digital cameras have been banned in United States Army installations in Iraq on orders from Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, The Business newspaper reported on Sunday.

Quoting a Pentagon source, the paper said the US Defence Department believes that some of the damning photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were taken with camera phones.

"Digital cameras, camcorders and mobile phones with cameras have been prohibited in military compounds in Iraq," it said.

A "total ban throughout the US military" is in the works, it added.

Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show it can bear discussion and publicity.- Lord Acton