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Apparently Sometimes There Are ‘Officially Sanctioned Purposes’ For Posing With Corpses

Show some legThe LA Times has published a selection of photos of troops from the 82nd Airborne Division posing with limbs from Afghan bombers. But what is this weird part of the story?

“It is a violation of Army standards to pose with corpses for photographs outside of officially sanctioned purposes,” said George Wright, an Army spokesman. “Such actions fall short of what we expect of our uniformed service members in deployed areas.”

So what would be an “officially sanctioned” purpose? Osama pix or GTFO?

Two soldiers posed holding a dead man’s hand with the middle finger raised. A soldier leaned over the bearded corpse while clutching the man’s hand. Someone placed an unofficial platoon patch reading “Zombie Hunter” next to other remains and took a picture.

The Army launched a criminal investigation after the Los Angeles Times showed officials copies of the photos, which recently were given to the paper by a soldier from the division.


U.S. military officials asked The Times not to publish any of the pictures.


Times Editor Davan Maharaj said, “After careful consideration, we decided that publishing a small but representative selection of the photos would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops.”

Somewhere Lynndie England is smoking a cigarette and wistfully humming “For the Good Times.” [LATimes]

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          1. CheneysOldHeart

            You guys better stop talking like that or I will have no choice but to invite you to go hunting.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Really WTF does it matter? Old Achmet up there in heaven with his 72 virgins is laughing at those dumb soldiers playing with his dismember limbs.

      He don't care.

  1. kissawookiee

    I was going to fap to these until I realized Ted Nugent was probably doing the same thing, then I just felt dirty.

  2. Crank_Tango

    Well I for one am glad these psychopaths will some day be back in the states, prolly working as cops.

    Maybe if the afghani cops had the same look of glee it would be a bit better…

  3. EtchySketchy

    Armless photos are officially sanctioned, all others are without a leg to stand on.


  4. elviouslyqueer

    “Such actions fall short of what we expect of our uniformed service members in deployed areas.”

    Bad soldier! No cookie for you! *slaps wrist with alacrity*

  5. Steverino247

    Not to spoil the fun here, but there are valid forensic purposes for photographing remains. You can get useful information about the type and amount of explosives, etc.

    That said, it's still pretty fucking stupid to be photographed like these guys are. And yes, if the wogs pose, that's ok and it's not fair that we can't misbehave like the wogs do, etc., etc.

    Remember children, the mission is to kill these guys so you and your buddies can go home in one piece, not to see how many dead bodies you can piss on or be photographed with.

    (And where the hell is the leadership over there, anyway?)

      1. Steverino247

        Exactly my point. What leadership? If I was in charge of those clowns they would still be doing push ups and the camera would be in very small pieces. It has to be blazingly clear by now that such photographs don't help the cause any, so anyone taking them or being in them is likely facing some serious consequences.

  6. AtlanticCapers

    Unlike the animals posing for the photos, the suicide bombers have enough good sense to kill themselves.

  7. DetectiveGrey

    Come on, people, they're obviously just auditioning for the 82nd Airborne's upcoming stage production of Weekend at Bernie's.

    1. Wile E. Quixote

      Hey! These are soldiers in the 82nd Airborne, not James O'Keefe at the Breitbart wake.

  8. Texan_Bulldog

    Oh good. This will make all the browns in the region want to bake us cakes and bring us flowers because you know how they love having their dead desecrated.

  9. coolhandnuke

    How about more photos of soldiers posing with unsuccessful suicide bombers…or do they exist?

    1. Doktor StrangeZoom

      Sort of like the Kamikaze Pilots' Reunion?

      (Actually, there were a lot who trained but never went on missions, or turned back with engine trouble, or otherwise didn't succeed…I'm going to have to scare up this PBS documantary sometime…EDIT: and damn, it's not on video!)

  10. Arken

    It's times like this that I mourn the loss of Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann from the campaign trail because you know all three of them would have been stepping all over each other in praise of these photos and the people who are in them.

  11. DahBoner

    Officially Sanctioned: Indiana girls on Indiana nights, re: Oh my my, hell yes, put on that party dress…

  12. Blueb4sunrise

    C'mon people, it's not what the soldiers did, it's all about what The Times did.

    Davan Maharaj ? Get out the plastic sheeting 'cause chances of a shitstorm of crazy: very likely.

  13. bagofmice

    Does anyone else race to read a post before 50 comments are in and we hit the collapse threshold?

  14. Grief_Lessons

    Remember when Achilles dragged Hector's corpse behind his chariot and then left it out in the sun for a few days? If every Achaean and Trojan had a cell phone we'd have the same kind of pictures.

    Some things change, most things stay the same.

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  16. ttommyunger

    Jeebus Christ on a Cracker! We spend Billions training you up to be killers and maimers and then you go act like killers and maimers! WTF!

  17. Data Exactly

    An officially sanctioned army photograph would probably be a photoshopped picture of George W. Bush with underpants on his head or the Admiral with a photoshopped Koch Brother face on him or something of that nature. I don't really know and only read this article despite that gruesome picture because Rebecca Shoenkopf wrote it and not some new do-hickey I can't really trust…

  18. banana_bread

    Ah holy crap, warn a girl before you post dismemberment photos! That totally killed my ladyboner.

  19. Negropolis

    I'm confused. Why is the purpose of the Times posting two-year-old pictures that they've apparently been sitting on for months?

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