GOP congressman: Abu Ghraib was just a "sex ring"

Fresh off of downplaying Foleygate, Christopher Shays declares what happened at Abu Ghraib "not torture."


Tim Grieve
October 13, 2006 9:01PM (UTC)

Connecticut Rep. Christopher Shays -- last heard downplaying Foleygate because it's not Chappaquiddick -- said in a candidate's debate this week that what happened at Abu Ghraib "was not torture."

"It was an outrageous, outrageous involvement of National Guard troops from Maryland who were involved in, really, a sex ring," Shays said. "They took pictures of soldiers who were naked, and they did other things that were just outrageous. But it wasn't torture. It's difficult, though, to have a dialogue with the rest of the world about that when you have news media all around the world saying we're torturing people."

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Maybe Shays just has his scandals confused. Foleygate is the one where a Republican congressman seems to have gotten his jollies by talking dirty with teenagers. Abu Ghraib is the one where -- among other things -- an Iraqi died during questioning from the CIA while hanging from his wrists with his hands cuffed behind his back.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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