27 September 2005

US soldiers trade grisly photos of dead and mutilated Iraqis for access to amateur porn

While the Bush adminstration begins its war on porn campaign, here is a truly revolting and lesser reported account of war pornography. Definitely not for the squeamish, as some of these photos are ghastly disgusting.
If you want to see the true face of war, go to the amateur porn Web site NowThatsF***edUp.com. For almost a year, American soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been taking photographs of dead bodies, many of them horribly mutilated or blown to pieces, and sending them to Web site administrator Chris Wilson. In return for letting him post these images, Wilson gives the soldiers free access to his site. American soldiers have been using the pictures of disfigured Iraqi corpses as currency to buy pornography.

At Wilson's Web site, you can see an Arab man's face sliced off and placed in a bowl filled with blood. Another man's head, his face crusted with dried blood and powder burns, lies on a bed of gravel. A man in a leather coat who apparently tried to run a military checkpoint lies slumped in the driver's seat of a car, his head obliterated by gunfire, the flaps of skin from his neck blooming open like rose petals. Six men in beige fatigues, identified as US Marines, laugh and smile for the camera while pointing at a burned, charcoal-black corpse lying at their feet.

The captions that accompany these images, which were apparently written by the soldiers who posted them, laugh and gloat over the bodies. The soldier who posted a picture of a corpse lying in a pool of his own brains and entrails wrote, "What every Iraqi should look like." The photograph of a corpse whose jaw has apparently rotted away, leaving a gaping set of upper teeth, bears the caption "bad day for this dude." 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.

All the while a military judge bars the release of Abu Ghraib photos and the Bush administration has blocked photos of military coffins.

And guess who received pornography in exchange for their photos, and who received a court martial?.

Maybe it's just part of the grim meathook future, considering these folks are going to rejoin the U.S. civilian population. Or is it just the reality of the internet age, where events like these occurred in past days, but were just not exposed to the world beyond the immediate witnesses?

Definitely not the way to win the "hearts and minds" of Iraqis…

Comments

photos WERE here:
http://www.nowthatsfuckedup...

Looks like the photos and all the posts got erased.

I think on one level in human minds, sex and violence are interrelated.
on studying on the war in iraq for school a friend and i came accross some of the horrific photos posted on wilson's website we would just like to say "that theres no respect for the victims of war in most of the pics the victims are innocent civilians
What the hell do you expect war to look like? A Broadway fashion show?

Stupid shits. Get Ur head outa UR ass.

War is bloody because PEOPLE DIE. They die because they are KILLED by men trained to BUTCHER THE ENEMY. YOUR taxes pay for this sensitive training.
YOU are responsible. Wise UP>
Bill,
What the f*** is your point? Cause I just don't get it.
What is now on the site:

http://nowthatsfuckedup.com/

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and the State Attorney’s Office of the 10th Judicial Circuit have concluded an investigation documenting violations of Florida laws pertaining to obscenity.

The investigation resulted in the prosecution of Christopher Wilson, the former web master of this website. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office now maintains this URL to prevent further transmission of obscene material.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd encourages webmasters to review Chapter 847 of the Florida State Statutes. Sheriff Judd will continue to vigorously enforce all laws governing obscenity and investigate any person who transmits this material in Polk County.

Citizens are encouraged to report violations to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at http://www.polksheriff.org.
WILSON AVOIDS JAIL; CHRIS WILSON, WHOSE SITE CAUSED INTERNATIONAL CONTROVERSY, GETS 5 YEARS' PROBATION.

The Ledger (Lakeland, FL)

April 22, 2006 Saturday

NEWS; Pg. A1

LENGTH: 720 words

JASON GEARY The Ledger

BARTOW -- For a time, the criminal case of Christopher Wilson appeared to raise some interesting questions about constitutional rights and freedom of speech.

But a jury will not be asked to answer such questions.

During a brief Friday hearing, the 28-year-old former Lakeland resident accused of being an Internet pornographer was sentenced to five years' probation as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Last year, Wilson was arrested for operating a Web site from his apartment at the Glen Cove Apartment Complex on Edgewood Drive.

The site stirred international controversy for allowing military personnel to post war photographs, including gruesome ones purporting to be dead Iraqi insurgents, in exchange for viewing its sexual content for free.

Wilson told The Ledger in an earlier story that soldiers overseas were trying to pay for access to his site, but their credit cards were being rejected, so he made the offer.

Army investigators undertook a review, but pursued no criminal charges against Wilson.

But the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested Wilson on Oct. 7 on 301 obscenity-related charges, only one being a felony.

Wilson's charges related to the sexual content on his site, not the war photographs.

Wilson's lawyers argued that the pictures and videos on Wilson's site were protected by the First Amendment until a jury determined that they were obscene. They claimed that law enforcement was misusing the obscenity statute and violating Wilson's rights.

After having his bail revoked for continuing to operate his

Web site and fighting to get out of jail, Wilson accepted a plea deal on Jan. 13 to serve probation rather than risk going back behind bars.

Wilson, who moved to Orange County after his arrest, pleaded no contest to five misdemeanor counts of possession of obscene materials. He would not comment following Friday's sentencing hearing.

But his lawyer, Lawrence Walters of Orlando, said the overall goal was to avoid a felony conviction and possible jail time for his client.

''On behalf of Chris, I know he is relieved to have the case over with,'' Walters said.

Wilson must pay investigative costs of $3,785, which will partly be paid by cashed seized from his apartment, and a $500 fine.

As a condition of his probation, he also agreed, ''... not to engage in any Internet business which involves as its dominant theme a focus on sexual conduct or nudity ...''

Walters said the condition wasn't really a concession on Wilson's part because he had no interest in risking being arrested again for additional charges.

However, Wilson does plan to build a Web site to serve as a clearinghouse for obscenity-related prosecution stories and perhaps information about his case, Walters said.

Ownership of his infamous Web site -- whose address isn't printable in The Ledger because it contains an expletive -- is to be transferred to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday afternoon, the site carried a message stating that it is now closed.

A link to another site - http://www.barbecuestopper.com -- provides people an opportunity for online chatting and continues to have military-related photographs posted on the former site available for viewing.

A brief warning on a selection of some gory photographs states in part that the images ''... were photographed from the soldiers themselves and went through no government filtering processes ... Please do not look any further if this upsets you.''

At his sentencing hearing, Wilson, a former Eagle Lake police officer, requested that Circuit Judge J. Dale Durrance withhold adjudication -- a formal finding of guilt -- in case he wished to pursue a career in law enforcement.

''He wanted to keep that option open,'' Walters said.

But Durrance denied the request.

In December, the case against Wilson became even more heated when Durrance revoked Wilson's bail for continuing to operate his Web site.

The defense began fighting to free Wilson, describing his incarceration as tantamount to ''prior restraint'' and ''prior punishment.''

The 2nd District Court of Appeal later ordered that Wilson be immediately released from the Polk County Jail.

Although the Lakeland-based appellate court indicated that a written opinion would follow in the case, the court later said that the issues were moot because of Wilson's plea deal.

Jason Geary can be reached at 863-533-9079.

GRAPHIC: SCOTT WHEELER/The Ledger: Christopher Wilson, right, smiles Friday after being fingerprinted by bailiff Tony Goss in court in Bartow. Wilson was sentenced to 5 years' probation in his Internet pornography case.

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