WASHINGTON - September 27 - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on the Pentagon to probe allegations that American troops in Iraq are using photographs of Iraqi corpses as "currency" to gain access to Internet pornography.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the grisly practice, which the Washington-based group says may violate international laws of war, came to light in recent media reports.
According to California's East Bay Express: "The captions that accompany these images, which were apparently written by the soldiers who posted them, laugh and gloat over the bodies. . .One soldier posted three photographs of corpses lying in the street and titled his collection "DIE HAJI DIE." The soldiers take pride, even joy, in displaying the dead."
SEE: "War Pornography" http://eastbayexpress.com/Issues/2005-09-21/news/news.html
"This disgusting trade in human misery is an insult to all those who have served in our nation's military," said CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar in a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Iftikhar told Rumsfeld the Pentagon should "investigate this troubling phenomenon and do whatever is necessary to bring it to an end."
According to the Geneva Conventions: "The remains of persons who have died for reasons related to occupation or in detention resulting from occupation or hostilities and those of persons not nationals of the country in which they have died as a result of hostilities shall be respected."
CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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