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Old 10-10-05, 04:57 PM
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Iraq-Corpse Web site operator held for obscenity

Kinda surprised I didn't see a thread about this yesterday:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051010/...E0BHNlYwN0bWE-
The American operator of a Web site which posted grisly pictures of people killed in the Iraq and Afghan conflicts was arrested on obscenity charges unrelated to the war photos, police officials in Florida said.

The Polk County sheriff's office said Christopher Michael Wilson was arrested on Friday and faces one count of wholesale distribution of obscene material and 300 misdemeanor charges relating to the Web site and pornographic photos.

The charges were unrelated to the photos of corpses from Iraq and Afghanistan, which the site states were provided by U.S. troops in exchange for free access to pornographic material.


Several of the graphic pictures showed men wearing what looked like U.S. military uniforms, standing over charred corpses, mutilated bodies and severed body parts.

Many were accompanied by captions making light of the corpses. One photo of a charred body was dubbed "Cooked Iraqi."

The Pentagon has said it found no evidence any of the photos were posted by soldiers.

Wilson was being held in jail under a $151,000 bond, the Polk County sheriff's office said.

"In my 33 years of law enforcement experience, this is one of the most horrific examples of filthy, obscene materials we have ever seized," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. He did not elaborate.


Judd said the investigation was continuing and any pertinent information would be shared with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division.

Judd told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper his investigation was not spurred by federal authorities.

Wilson lives in Lakeland, Florida, but hosts the site out of Amsterdam, Netherlands, according to an article last month in the Online Journalism Review of the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California.

The controversy sparked by the photographs of war dead followed the publication a year and a half ago of photos showing U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib jail. That scandal prompted international condemnation of the United States.
Now the website in question is NTFU and if you don't know what that means, I'm not going to link to it. The pictures of dead/wounded Iraqi's are disgusting, but certainly interesting to see what's going on (seeing the final state of suicide bombers is amazing). For those who don't know, the website is just a forum where US Soldiers in Iraq take pictures of dead Iraqi's, or nude servicewomen and post them for access to the restricted areas of the site which contain hardcore pornography I assume. I'm not interested in the pornography and certainly don't have access to the restricted areas, but the site generates a lot of traffic.

What's interesting is the statement that the war pictures aren't what he's being arrested for. I have a hard time believing that what's on his website is anyworse than the hundreds of other porn sites on the internet.

I wouldn't be surprised if political pressure is involved as a lot of servicewomen are getting in trouble with their superiors for violating regulations. Having a female soldier appear nude on the web is seriously frowned upon, and what's worse is that many of them pictures are posted by angry ex-boyfriends or chumps who find pics on public computer terminals that some servicewoman was sending to her significant other back stateside. Certainly an interesting case.
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$151,000 bond? I don't think most suspected murderers even get a bond that high.

Just lame.
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The problem is this. The guy was a total retard for having porno material while he ran a website like that. But it doesn't surprise me, given the fascination. I've been to that site and it put a smile on my face seeing suicide bombers in their peculiar positions. It's too bad people can't be careful when they have a controversial website and then just think no one is watching them.
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I think these pictures should be shown on the evening news. That's what you get when you go to war. That's all you get when you go to war.
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I think these pictures should be shown on the evening news. That's what you get when you go to war. That's all you get when you go to war.
No. No. No. This is a good war...a clean war...no pictures...just a telegram. Don't you understand? If you actually allow pictures to be seen, it might interfere with the progress the US is making. After all there are 3 Iraqi battalions ready to take over...okay...now there's only one...but...one is better then three.

If you see pictures, you might ask questions. That's bad.

Questions are bad. They demand answers. That's bad.

Why do you hate America?
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Personally, I think people should see the pictures. I also don't think it should effect the decision to go to war normally though. Hopefully they would give a few people pause but they also serve to increase the respect we should all have for our servicemen and women.

War is not a sanitary or fun thing and we shouldn't be allowed to ever forget that, however that doesn't mean it is always wrong.
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Originally Posted by Mordred
Personally, I think people should see the pictures. I also don't think it should effect the decision to go to war normally though. Hopefully they would give a few people pause but they also serve to increase the respect we should all have for our servicemen and women.

War is not a sanitary or fun thing and we shouldn't be allowed to ever forget that, however that doesn't mean it is always wrong.
I can't imagine anyone suggesting that it is sanitary or fun...but I remember lots of people saying "oh no, no photos."

Realistically, the US should see photos of the coffins. They shoud also see photos of the maimed. That is the cost of the war.

Then, when people here say, "Oh I'd join up to fight but it would end up costing me in salary...but I support other people going..." they could be challenged directly.

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