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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-13-09 04:07 PM
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Supreme Court Delay May Help Keep Detainee Abuse Pics Forever Sealed
Source: ACLU / Raw Story

The United States Supreme Court granted a request Tuesday to delay its decision on whether the Obama administration may continue to block the release of images depicting the torture of terror war detainees in U.S. custody.

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"The Obama administration believes giving the imminent grant of authority over the release of such pictures to the defense secretary would short-circuit a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act," the Associated Press reported on Saturday. "The ACLU said the administrations about-face 'makes a mockery' of Obamas campaign promise of greater transparency and accountability, and damages efforts to hold accountable those responsible for abusing prisoners," CNN added on Tuesday.

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Justices were expected to discuss the case during a closed-door session on Friday, but a letter from the solicitor general may have played a role in their decision to delay that hearing.

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"Congress should not give the government the authority to hide evidence of its own misconduct, and if it does grant that authority, the Secretary of Defense should not invoke it," ACLU National Security Project Director Jameel Jaffer said in a press release. "If this shameful provision passes, Secretary Gates should take into account the importance of transparency to the democratic process, the extraordinary importance of these photos to the ongoing debate about the treatment of prisoners, and the likelihood that the suppression of these photos will ultimately be far more damaging to our national security than their disclosure would be."

Read more: http://rawstory.com/2009/10/supreme-court-delay-may-help-keep-detainee-abuse-pics-forever-sealed
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ro1942 Donating Member (701 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-13-09 04:56 PM
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1. Why no comments?
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pmorlan1 Donating Member (763 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-13-09 05:17 PM
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2. Shame on them
Shame on all of our government officials who are trying to hide evidence of torture from the American people.
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-13-09 05:22 PM
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3. Perhaps we should update that old adage, "That government is best which governs least"
...to "That government is best which governs secretively"

Or would we have to redefine "best?"
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-13-09 06:31 PM
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4. Or "If you are a serf, dont question goviment". Dog bless the goviment. nt
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-13-09 08:20 PM
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5. Present Occupant sells out again
Nice job !!! like a man with diarrhea covering his feces with rose petals
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 03:59 AM
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6. Court cases cost a lot of money. Please support the ACLU. Here's the link.
http://action.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FJ_donationhome&s_subsrc=getinvolved_donate_hp

I love being a "card carrying member" of the ACLU and Amnesty International. It does not take a lot of money. Just whatever you can spare.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 04:30 AM
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7. K&R
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