Obama opposes detainee abuse photo release

President Obama has now made it clear, after reversing his decision, that he will prevent detainee photos from being released on the grounds that it may harm national security and America’s image abroad.

Reuters reports:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a reversal, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would fight the release of dozens of photographs showing the abuse of terrorism suspects, over concern the images could ignite a backlash against U.S. troops.

The decision was a blow to some liberals in Obama’s Democratic Party who see the photos as part of a broader effort to investigate Bush-era officials and cleanse America’s image abroad.

Just last month the Obama administration had said it would comply with a court order to release the pictures by May 28, saying legal options for appealing the case had been limited.

But Obama shifted gears after senior military commanders and some members of Congress expressed misgivings about the potential for the photos to generate violence against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama defended his decision, saying publication of the photographs “would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals.”

“In fact, the most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in greater danger,” Obama told reporters. “Moreover, I fear the publication of these photos may only have a chilling effect on future investigations of detainee abuse.”

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration is likely to seek a court order aiming at blocking the release of the photos, which had been expected within weeks.

Credit must be given where it is due and I applaud President Obama on this decision. I am glad he changed his mind on this issue as there was no good reason, other than political, for releasing these photos to begin with.

Even if motives may have been to harm the Bush administration, it would be America who was harmed most and I’m glad he changed course. It is a rare display of wanting to do what is right, not necessarily what is the best political decision with his left-wing base.

  • I applaud the president on this move.

    What good would release of the photos do to anybody? The troops would be punished and our reputation would take a serious hit. These photos would be degrading to the people of the Middle East where most of these prisoners hailed from. It would have been a lose-lose situation.

    This is one of the first moves where I support the president 100%.

    Ryan

  • Bill Hedges

    Pesident is real smart! There Is a saying I live by…

    “Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it.”

    He asked a question of Joe the Plumber.

    Nate wrote, “Even if motives may have been to harm the Bush administration, it would be America who was harmed most and I’m glad he changed course”. I am of the opionion he did it for himself. As many links have discussed the prior knowledge of Speake of House and other Congress menbers.

    Kicking news media off plane

    Investigating army sent against Sarah to discredit.

    Campaign promises easily made and quicker to break

    Revengeful and expediate are words that comes to mind. “Well thought out” does not.

  • Bill Hedges

    “Pelosi says Bush team misled her on waterboarding”

    By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, Associated Press Writer Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer – 11 mins ago

    WASHINGTON –” Under strong attack from Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA and Bush administration of misleading her about waterboarding detainees in the war on terror and sharply rebutted claims she was complicit in its use.”

    “To the contrary … we were told explicitly that waterboarding was not being used,” she told reporters, referring to a formal CIA briefing she received in the fall of 2002.”

    “Pelosi said she subsequently learned that other lawmakers were told several months later by the CIA about the use of waterboarding.”

    “I wasn’t briefed, I was informed that somebody else had been briefed about it,” she said

    What is next excuss. She was too much of a “”wall·flow·er”” to speak out

    link to follow

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  • D.D.Mao

    It seems that the ONLY TRANSPARANCY that President Obama and the Democrats are for is releasing memo’s and photo’s that embarrass the previous administration.Releasing bills in a reasonable time to read or even papers written by the President while in Harvard is strictly out of the question.

  • Bill Hedges

    Least we forget, Obama’s wife papers are not public. They may be as revealing and damning.

  • Path

    See this is a place where I disagree with the president. The pictures should be put in the public record. We need to realize it wasn’t just a few bad apples like Bush claimed. There needs to be a full investigation into what happened. Who knew what and when? It can’t be political. The people of the world have to see this isn’t acceptable and we are changing and learning from this experience. It’s better than trying to cover it up and having bits and pieces leaking out.

  • Bill Hedges

    path ?

    Why would your President want ..ALL.. truth to come out. He’s SMART. I have milk, he has SMARTS. He is just looking out for # 1 and #2

  • Path

    Bill I thought you left? I knew you couldn’t resist me : )

  • Bill Hedges

    Path May 14th, 2009 at 3:42 pm
    “Bill I thought you left? I knew you couldn’t resist me :”

    That’s second time you said that. At least you added a sentence.

    I needed to get away from your bigot and prejustice statements

    Of course you continue. I guess it shows you intelligents and mind set. Hopefully you will go too far and problem will be solved

    Thanks for the comment

  • Bill Hedges

    California is a mini America. They are leader in taxes and spending. Union power is said to rule.
    Guess which State my go bankrupt ?
    Obama, I doubt you will learn from this example. The people should but may not hear on sugar coated news.
    ……

    Speaker of House got nearly all hard questions today concerning when she knew about water boarding. She said CIA lied. Look for leaks against her. Oh, what a shame.
    …..

    McCain twitters with 600,000 people. Not bad for a guy who can not use computer
    …..

    When these big banks and stuff pay government back, where does that money go..I understated that answer is unclear

  • Path

    “I guess it shows you intelligents and mind set.”

    Speaking of your “intelligents”

    Need me to prove you wrong a couple more times? I forget, who has more military spending than any other country in the world put together?

    p.s. the money gets paid back to the treasury it is pretty clear.

  • Bill Hedges

    My mistake are few, yours aare many.

    “the money gets paid back to the treasury it is pretty clear”

    Jumping to conclusion ?

  • Path

    “My mistake are few, yours aare many.”

    Such as? You have to cite sources to prove me wrong. And it doesn’t help when your own sources prove my point.

    “Jumping to conclusion ?”

    your the one who asked

  • Bill Hedges

    Really, I have to ?

    Here is what I said

    “When these big banks and stuff pay government back, where does that money go..I understated that answer is unclear ”

    Here is what you said

    ““the money gets paid back to the treasury it is pretty clear”

    How do you know Obama will not pour money into something else. Answer_ you don’t know and I don’t know

    That is why I say you jumped to conclusion

  • Path

    Money is a fungible comodity. Do you know what that means? You asked where the money would go. And it goes into the treasury. Or you can call it the general fund if you please. I DO know Obama can’t put it into anything else. He does not have that power. Congress sure does though

  • Bill Hedges

    “Tribunals to return, detainees to have more rights”

    WASHINGTON – “President Barack Obama will restart military tribunals for a small number of Guantanamo detainees, reviving a Bush-era trial system he once assailed as flawed but with new legal protections for terror suspects, U.S. officials said.”

    “The changes to the system, which will affect a small number of detainees, will be announced Friday”

    Looking forward to my new neighbors.

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  • Bill Hedges

    Path May 15th, 2009 at 2:12 am
    “Money is a fungible comodity. Do you know what that means? You asked where the money would go. And it goes into the treasury. Or you can call it the general fund if you please. I DO know Obama can’t put it into anything else. He does not have that power. Congress sure does though”

    You have proved you do not know the differents between “law” and bill.”

    So I must doubt if you know mean.

  • Bill Hedges

    Good old path ?

    Said_

    “““the money gets paid back to the treasury it is pretty clear””

    WRONG..WRONG..WRONG..WRONG..WRONG..WRONG..ERONG..WRONG..WRONG

    “WHEREe does the returned money go?

    ” If a bank wants to return its TARP money, it gets siphoned back—by wire, usually—into the original pool.”

    “Geithner said there’s $110 billion left of the original $700 billion allocated by the TARP program. So once the expected $25 billion is returned, the remaining stash should reach $135 billion”

  • Bill Hedges

    http://www.slate.com/id/2216602/

    I waited untill you were sober to point this out

  • Path

    “into the original pool.””

    The original pool located at the treasury? The place where Geithner works?

  • Bill Hedges

    Path

    ” it is pretty clear ”

    I am waiting for your spin to show you are not wrong.

    “it is pretty clear” your assumptions are incorrect. You should actual listen and learn, instead of argue for Obama sake.

  • Bill Hedges

    Path ?

    “p.s. the money gets paid back to the treasury it is pretty clear. ”

    It does not get paid back. Goes into TARP POOL

  • Path

    Geithner gets control of the money. He heads the Treasury. It gets paid back to the Treasury.

    What don’t you understand?

  • Bill Hedges

    Path

    You get more stupid as the seconds fly by.

    I’m sure jd agrees with you. Ask the other if you dare. Make me the fool

  • Path

    Insult me instead of addressing the point. Great going

  • Bill Hedges

    I addressed the point. And proved it to logical people. You just play stupid games .

    At least you have jd to agree with. Maybe more ? Ask them

  • Path

    The money gets paid to the treasury does it not?

  • Bill,

    It looks like you’ve got a new person to go back and fourth with on this site? Is he as fun to argue with as me? *wink* haha

  • Bill Hedges

    Kendale Sturdivent

    I think if you read the Donald article, my last comment will give you insight into path/bone, whichever he goes by

    This article shows some of his charteristics and mentality

  • Bill Hedges

    Kendale Sturdivent

    You should debate with him. He lost me as a sparing partner

  • Path

    “He lost me as a sparing partner”

    Oh no! are you serious! How will I live?

    Truth is a biatch isn’t it?

  • Bill Hedges

    biatch 1795 up, 199 down
    a “gangster” substitue for bitch. somehow, this word has found it’s way into the mouths of every white teen in america.

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  • Path

    You just proved you’re an old fart who doesn’t know up from down. No wonder you don’t get the joke and everyone laughs at you.

  • Bill Hedges

    rant

  • Path

    moron

  • Bill Hedges

    mo·ron

    1usually offensive : a mildly mentally retarded person
    2: a very stupid person

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  • Path

    who? yes you!

  • Bill Hedges:

    I think you’ve got that under control. At least when you and I disagreed over and over again, we didn’t insult one another. At least I don’t recall us speaking to each other in that manner.

    P.S. I know I said I would not longer respond to you, but this one I could not help. Not after seeing the ignorant ranting and name calling.

  • Bill Hedges

    Kendale Sturdivent

    I am not a Saint..You fire enough bullets at me I will return fire. Fact you did not go to begining to figure who started it, I don’t want you on jury if I get in trouble. You have not noticed Path contant demeaning behavor I don’t want you as police detective.

    Path has long record of insulting, vugarity, and homosexual profanity. Just scroll up this article and see for yourself

  • Bill Hedges

    Kendale Sturdivent

    I may have mis-understood what you said.

    If you are agreeing with me, thanks…

    I am having health problems