Court orders Bush to release torture photos

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From Crooks and Liars in the USA:

Court Orders US To Release Detainee Abuse Pics

The ACLU has won a landmark ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which has slammed the Bush administration for using ridiculous arguments for withholding 21 graphic photos of detainee abuse which formed part of a FOIA request.

The government claimed that the public disclosure of such evidence would generate outrage and would violate U.S. obligations towards detainees under the Geneva Conventions because they would embarrass or humiliate the prisoners.

But the court ruled in the first instance that outrage (over abuse and torture, mind you, so it would be justified outrage) where no specific individual could be named as being at risk was too wide an exemption to grant. …

And in the second instance, the Court pointed to the way in which the US had published pictures photographs of dead, tortured and abused prisoners in Japanese and German prison and concentration camps after World War II.

“Yet the United States championed the use and dissemination of such photographs to hold perpetrators accountable,” the court said.

The ACLU’s attorney Amrit Singh told the AP that:

“These photographs depict abuse at locations other than Abu Ghraib,” she said of the 21 pictures that the court ordered for release. “Their release is to hold government accountable for torture policies and bring an end once and for all to the abuse of prisoners.”

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  1. Appeals court orders release of Iraqi abuse photos


    September 22, 2008

    * Original Reuters article: Appeals court orders release of Iraqi abuse photos

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the release of 29 photographs it said depicted prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, which rights groups say prove abuse was widespread.

    The pictures, which have never been made public and are part of U.S. Army investigative files, were first ordered released, with redaction, in 2006 by U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein after he reviewed them and ruled they were of critical public interest.

    Their release was held up while the U.S. Department of Defense appealed, arguing the release would endanger U.S. soldiers and result in an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the detainees they depict.

    On Monday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals turned aside those objections.

    The 21 pictures were taken at multiple locations by individuals serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the photographs, the detainees “were clothed and generally not forced to pose,” the ruling said.

    “The photographs depict abusive treatment of detainees by United States soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan,” the ruling said.

    The order to release the images is part of a Freedom of Information Act suit filed in 2003 by civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, over treatment of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

    The ACLU said in a statement that the release of the pictures would help deter future abuse.

    “These photographs demonstrate that the abuse of prisoners held in U.S. custody abroad was not aberrational and not confined to Abu Ghraib,” ACLU attorney Amrit Singh said in a reference to the Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison that gained notoriety in 2004 when photos emerged of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees.

    “Their release is critical for bringing an end to the administration’s torture policies and for deterring further prisoner abuse,” Singh said.

    A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan had no comment. The government could try to appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court but otherwise the photos could be released by the ACLU within weeks.

    In response to the suit, the Pentagon initially offered a list of documents, including a separate group of photographs taken in the Abu Ghraib prison, which included scenes of detainees being physically abused and sexually humiliated, but declined to make them public.

    Hellerstein the release of the images, which were provided by Sgt. Joseph Darby whose photos set off the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, would initiate debate on the conduct of American soldiers and about the U.S. Army’s command structure.

    The Pentagon appealed but backed down after the same photos and others were published on

    To date more than 100,000 pages of government documents have been released in response to the lawsuit.

    (Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Christine Kearney and Bill Trott)


  2. By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer

    September 23, 2008 – 2:07 p.m.

    American soldiers accidentally shot and killed the leader of a local U.S.-allied Sunni group Tuesday after coming under attack in a volatile area north of Baghdad, the military said


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