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Round Two of the Torture Debate Coming Soon

John on April 24, 2009 at 8:43 am

From the Washington Post:

The Pentagon, in response to a lawsuit, will make public by May 28 a “substantial number” of photos showing the abuse of detainees in prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. personnel, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

The photos include 21 images depicting detainee abuse in facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan other than the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, as well as 23 other detainee abuse photos, according to the ACLU and a letter from the Justice Department sent to a federal court in New York yesterday.

In addition, the Justice Department letter said “the government is also processing for release a substantial number of other images” contained in Army Criminal Investigation Division reports on the abuse.

“This shows that the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib was not aberrational but was systemic and widespread,” said Amrit Singh, an ACLU staff attorney involved with the 2004 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that led to the promise to release the photographs. “This will underscore calls for accountability for that abuse.”

Singh called for an independent investigation into torture and prisoner abuse and said it should be followed, if warranted, by criminal prosecutions.

So it sounds like the witch hunt is just getting started. That means “slow roll time” is going to be even more pronounced at the CIA. At some point, when his popularity isn’t what it used to be, Obama is going to regret this.

Related: Round one of the debate turns out to be an Obama swipe at VP Cheney.

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