Release the Photos
by Charles Lemos, Wed May 13, 2009 at 04:10:39 PM EDT
President Obama will oppose the release of several dozen photos depicting abuse of detainees held in US military custody abroad, reversing his previous position on the grounds that the pictures could inflame anti-American sentiment and endanger US troops. More from the Washington Post.
I make it a point never to blog when angry for fear of saying something that I might later come to regret. I will only limit myself to noting that these photos that likely demonstrate inhuman torture and abuse need to be released and that those who authorized and condoned such barbarity be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. These are just photos. It is the acts they depict that are the problem. The photos were gathered in the course of dozens of military investigations of prisoner abuse between 2001 and 2006. That the release of these photos will inflame world opinion is self-evident but perhaps those who committed these acts to begin with might have thought of that when they were behaving in ways unbecoming Americans.