To Release or Not to Release

Friday, May 15, 2009

Transcript

The Obama Administration announced this week that it would not release photos documenting the abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, fearing that doing so would jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops. Jane Mayer, New Yorker writer and author of The Dark Side, says the photos are crucial evidence that should be made public.

Comments [4]

HARVIN from Los Angeles

Jack is spot on.Talk about batting a thousand.PT Obarnum has flipped on every promise he made during his campaign.Between him and Mrs. Pelosi the entire Bush administration may be nominated to receive Nobel prizes for peace and justice.

PT Obarnum is tap dancing and juggling like a drunken clown who stole the presents at a child's birthday party and hopes no one will notice.

I t sounds like Matt would prefer to live in Myanmar or North Korea where there is no ACLU. I'll pitch in to buy him an airline ticket.Better wear some clean undies if you're flying Matt because your crack airport Homeland Security masters are going to want to see them.

May. 23 2009 02:36 PM
Jack from Chicago

The real issue is Mr. Sunshine flip-flopping yet again. Transparency is apparenting the wrong kind of change.

May. 18 2009 10:51 PM
reel_aesthete from Paris, France

I have a hard time understanding "the images jeopardize the troops" argument. Our troops are jeopardized by other troops and by being troops; that's an essential part of the job description.

The argument against "the images" is actually an argument against their potential as recruitment propaganda for troops. But recruitment propaganda for which troops? Our troops or enemy troops? Despite different reasons and reasoning, plenty of Americans and Arabs are proud of the images from Abu Ghraib.

So who, exactly, would suffer?

The only real argument against seeing more images is that they'll further prove that torture was widespread, globally outsourced, and systematic; the "bad apples" theory of Abu Ghraib will die.

And then maybe, just maybe, Americans will demand *actual* accountability.

May. 17 2009 01:03 PM
Matt W. from Arlington, Virginia

Why does it always seem that OTM is the house organ of the ACLU and in the pocket of the progressive caucus?

May. 15 2009 07:16 PM

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