Despite demands by human rights advocates that photos documenting abuse of military detainees be made public, the Senate last month passed legislation to block their release. The legislation is now before the House. President Obama supports these efforts. This is all good news. Classifying the photos would help protect those detainees’ basic rights to dignity and privacy.
After the release of photographs in 2004 showing abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, I shared with many Americans simultaneous disgust and pride. I was appalled at what the soldiers in the pictures had done in America’s name, but proud that those who leaked the photographs had taken the crucial steps necessary to right a terrible wrong in our treatment of detainees in Iraq.… Seguir leyendo »