Senators Urge Obama to Block Release of New Detainee Abuse Photos
Civil libertarians were virtually unanimous in their opposition to withholding the photographs.
Gabor Rona, International Legal Director of Human Rights First, told us, ”Sen. Lieberman and Graham’s claims might carry more weight had the US government been consistently honest about the mistreatment it authorized. But as long as the American people are kept in the dark about what crimes were committed in their name, they cannot intelligently exercise their democratic right and obligation to call for corrective measures.”
He added, “To elevate fear of al-Qaeda’s reactions over faith in our democratic ideals and structures is unfortunate and counterproductive.”