Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Well, surprise, surprise, surprise!

Golly - could it be? You betcha! The Pope of Hope is having another one of his Junior Caligula moments:
President Obama defended his decision to fight the release of photos showing detainee abuse Wednesday afternoon, saying it would only put American troops in harms way and create a backlash against Americans.

"The most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in greater danger," the president said before departing on his trip to Arizona. "Moreover, I fear the publication of these photos may only have a chilling effect on future investigations of detainee abuse."

The move is a complete 180. In a letter from the Justice Department to a federal judge on April 23, the Obama administration announced that the Pentagon would turn over 44 photographs showing detainee abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush administration.


The photographs are part of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU for all information relating to the treatment of detainees -- the same battle that led to President Obama's decision to release memos from the Bush Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel providing legal justifications for brutal interrogation methods, many of which the International Committee of the Red Cross calls torture.

Whatever lame rationalizations used by the Pope of Hope, the bottom line remains the same: this White House regime, just like the previous one, does not want the public to hold those at the highest echelons of power responsible for what just about any rational person would call torture, and which was (and I'll wager is still) done in violation of international law.

More change you can believe in.

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