Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Statement by U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush on Viewing the Iraqi Prison Abuse Images on Capitol Hill.

May 12, 2004
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- The following statement was released by Congressman Bobby L. Rush:

These photographs are the most disgusting photographs that I have ever seen.
They demonstrate the depths of the depravation that human beings are willing to inflict upon one another. The forced portrayal of pornography of American prisoners of war will certainly go down in the annals of history as being some of the most severe war crimes ever committed.

The gleeful dehumanization of these prisoners reveals a character that I know to be an aberration of and alien to the American military values of honor and trust. Those responsible, including the participants, must be severely punished.

I sincerely hope and pray that these photographs will never be seen by the American public.