A judge has ruled that photos taken and videotape recorded at Abu Ghraib prison of detainee abuse must be released, responding to an ACLU lawsuit. The DoD has been blocking the release of these images for a long time; in this archive are reportedly images of the rape of an Iraqi woman, murder, the sodomizing of young men and their audible screams of pain, etc. Back in the day, Rumsfeld had said that the events pictured "can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane" amd that "if these [images] are released to the public, obviously it's going to make matters worse."
This is an event of obvious political importance, but perhaps more powerfully, the revelation of these visual and aural data will irrevocably alter the physio-sexual culture of our society. On par with if not exceeding the epistemological impact of the publication of the Marquis de Sade's "120 Days of Sodom", the release of all 87 graphic documents will radically displace the West's understanding of the spectrum of sexual violence, and the limits of human affectivity, reason, and desire. That such a displacement is intimately linked with a military complex exhibiting effective means domination but impotent conjugation of ends, only reveals the algebra of ec-stasy and repression under which we have been living for some time now.