Alvin K Hellerstein, a federal judge, ordered the release of more pictures of prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib. The US government argued against this – saying that releasing the pictures would “would aid al-Qaeda recruitment, weaken the Afghan and Iraqi governments and incite riots against American troops”. I don’t think the government has any concerns over this, I think they really just don’t want to give the anti-war groups more ammunition.
At least Alvin K Hellerstein saw right through them. He said he was applying the Freedom of Information Act. Good on ya!
The American Civil Liberties Union brought the action almost two years ago in a lawsuit demanding information on the treatment of detainees in US custody and the transfer of prisoners to countries known to use torture.
The Abu Ghraib photo release article was carried today at News24.