A lawyer representing one of the alleged ringleaders in the Iraq prison abuse scandal has said piling naked prisoners into pyramids was comparable to cheerleader shows.
Charles Graner's lawyer, Guy Womack, told the 10-member US military jury at the Texas court martial on Monday that leashing detainees was also an acceptable prisoner control.
In opening arguments at the reservist sergeant's trial in Fort Hood, Womack asked: "Don't cheerleaders all over America form pyramids six to eight times a year. Is that torture?"
From Abu Ghraib:
From Universal Pictures' Bring It On (2000):
Ah! Of course. How silly of us to be outraged.
(Bonus points to Universal's eerily prescient movie title, however!)