Obama Blew It
by MAL Contends, Wed May 13, 2009 at 02:29:24 PM EDT
This is a trust-breaking moment, President Obama, and you really blew it.
It's not a mistake, it's an assault against this democracy.
That would be President Obama's decision to Obama to block release of detainee photos of torture out of a concern that the photos would "further inflame anti-American opinion."
What is this, a Sister Secrecy moment? Are you trying to prove to America that you're really not an open government, transparency-loving, honest, straight-shooting democrat?
And if you're worried about the troops, get them the hell of out of these two wars in Asia already. Release the photos and then condemn them in the strongest possible terms, singling out the Neocon idiots on whose watch these obscenities happened and who ordered torture to begin with, instead of refusing to investigate and prosecute these war criminals.
Proud of yourself?
From the Times:
The A.C.L.U. sharply criticized the president's decision. In a statement, its executive director, Anthony D. Romero said:
'The Obama administration's adoption of the stonewalling tactics and opaque policies of the Bush administration flies in the face of the president's stated desire to restore the rule of law, to revive our moral standing in the world and to lead a transparent government. This decision is particularly disturbing given the Justice Department's failure to initiate a criminal investigation of torture crimes under the Bush administration.
'It is true that these photos would be disturbing; the day we are no longer disturbed by such repugnant acts would be a sad one. In America, every fact and document gets known - whether now or years from now. And when these photos do see the light of day, the outrage will focus not only on the commission of torture by the Bush administration but on the Obama administration's complicity in covering them up. Any outrage related to these photos should be due not to their release but to the very crimes depicted in them. Only by looking squarely in the mirror, acknowledging the crimes of the past and achieving accountability can we move forward and ensure that these atrocities are not repeated.'
Tags: abu ghraib, ACLU, Article 3 of the Convention Against Torture, Barack Obama presidency, government, human rights, Obama's Way Forward, Politics, Secrecy, Sister Secrecy moment, state secrets, torture (all tags)