Against cover-up of Iraq torture photos

This video from the USA is called Why Are People Fighting So Hard To Keep Torture Pics Secret?

By Jason Leopold in the USA:

High Court Urged to Reject White House Appeal to Keep Abuse Photos Secret

Friday 11 September 2009

The American Civil Liberties Union asked the US Supreme Court this week to deny a request by the Obama administration to review and, if justices take up the case, reverse a lower court’s ruling ordering the government to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request and release more than four dozen photos depicting US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan abusing prisoners.

The group’s 37-page opposition was supported by friend-of-the-court briefs filed by Human Rights Watch, the International Center for Transitional Justice and Amnesty International and another filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 16 media organizations. The ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in 2003 to gain access to the images.

These photos may be profoundly disturbing, but they are a crucial part of the historical record and the appeals court was right to find that they should be released,” said Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU National Security Project. “It’s disappointing that the Obama administration, which in other contexts has recognized the close connection between transparency and accountability, is continuing to argue that the photos should be suppressed.”

Outrage: House Sneakily Passes Bill Banning Release of Photos Showing Detainee Abuse: here.

The CIA shared with George W. Bush’s Justice Department the details of how an interrogation strategy – with an emphasis on forced nudity and physical abuse – could train prisoners in “learned helplessness” and demonstrate “the complete control of Americans”: here.

CIA Experiments on US Soldiers Linked to Torture Program: here.

White House “Ordered” Lawmakers to Amend FOIA in Order to Conceal Torture Photos: here.

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