Thursday, September 29, 2005

I Predict a Riot

Looks like Abu Ghraib will be making a comeback to a headline near you in the coming days or weeks; from Salon's War Room:

A federal judge in New York ruled today that the military must release photographs and videotapes showing incidents of alleged abuse at Abu Ghraib. The American Civil Liberties Union began seeking release of the photos in 2003, but the Pentagon has resisted, insisting that citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan might riot if they saw more pictures of what U.S. soldiers and contractors have done.

In his ruling today, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said his job is "not to defer to our worst fears, but to interpret and apply the law, in this case, the Freedom of Information Act, which advances values important to our society, transparency and accountability in government." He said that terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan have proven they "do not need pretexts for their barbarism."

[FYI - the headline is a nod to the hit single from Kaiser Chiefs' great album, Employment]


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