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August 30th, 2009

Sight Gag: C-I-A! C-I-A!

Posted by Lucaites in sight gags

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Credit: Aislin, The Montreal Gazette, 8/29/09

“Sight Gags” is our weekly nod to the ironic and carnivalesque in a vibrant democratic public culture.  We typically will not comment beyond offering an identifying label, leaving the images to “speak” for themselves as much as possible.  Of course, we invite you to comment … and to send us images that you think capture the carnival of contemporary democratic public culture.

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  1. Caroline S said,

    on November 17th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    This does do justice to the system our government and military use to get information and in questioning others. As in Abu Ghraib, the torture done upon prisoners to get ‘information’ was not truely ‘intelligent’ at all, rather than using knowledge or other means, the use of torture and humiliation were used to gain information. Also, because of common practices like photography, the American population can see these injustices and judge for themselves the work our government and military does, like it is said ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. Organizations that represent the U.S. such as the C.I.A. should have more pride and “intelligence” than to use primal methods of electrocution, chaining prisoners up and other primal tortures and if it weren’t for photos like those from Abu Ghraib coming into the media, who knows what else could be happening. This picture, is a satirical and close truth to what methods are done to get information, for the sake of unclear pursuits.

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