Five years ago, people around the world were sickened by photographs that surfaced showing U.S. troops abusing Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Act I resulted in an avalanche of congressional hearings, 15 Pentagon probes and courts-martial. More than 400 U.S. troops — but no senior officials — went to jail or were otherwise punished. Congress passed the Detainee Treatment Act to try to prevent future atrocities.BUT OBAMA HAS REVERSED HIMSELF, AND NOW SUPPORTS KEEPING THE PHOTOS SECRET:
But now a new batch of photographs, perhaps hundreds of images, of prisoners being abused is about to be made public. It comes at a time when the debate over prisoner mistreatment is still roiling America's political and public conscience. The new photographs are being made public in a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union.
President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he would try to block the court-ordered release of photos showing U.S. troops abusing prisoners, abruptly reversing his position out of concern the pictures would "further inflame anti-American opinion" and endanger U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The White House had said last month it would not oppose the release of dozens of photos from military investigations of alleged misconduct. But American commanders in the war zones have expressed deep concern about fresh damage the photos might do, especially as the U.S. tries to wind down the Iraq war and step up operations against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan.THIS HAS OUTRAGED THE ACLU TYPES - LIKE FEINGOLD, AND JERKS LIKE ANDREW SULLIVAN.
WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS THIS:
- HECK, SULLIVAN AND HIS "BUDDIES" PROBABLY DO THIS KIND OF STUFF EVERY WEEKEND IN FIRE ISLAND!
- FOR ALL I KNOW, SULLIVAN'S PERSONAL SCRAPBOOK IS FILLED WITH IMAGES LIKE THESE! HEH!
- IT'S THAT WE ARE FIGHTING BACK - AND THAT WE MIGHT ACTUALLY WIN.
- THESE GUYS ARE POSTMODERN LEFTISTS WHO REALLY WANT THE USA AND THE WEST - JUDEO-CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION - TO LOSE AND BE BROUGHT DOWN A NOTCH.
- ANYTHING WE DO WHICH HELPS US WIN, THEY OPPOSE.
- ANYTHING WHICH MAKES US LOOK BAD, THEY LOVE!