More Abu Ghraib Photos To Come

From Holden:

Thank whatever diety you wish for the ACLU And while you are reading this bit notice how the guvmint lawyer is suddenly all concerned and shit for the detainees rights under the Geneva Convention.

A federal judge in New York told the Defense Department yesterday that it would have to release perhaps dozens of photographs taken by an American soldier of Iraqi detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

The judge, Alvin K. Hellerstein, said at a hearing that photographs would be the “best evidence” in the public debate about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib. The hearing, in Federal District Court in Manhattan, came in a Freedom of Information Act suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to obtain material about military prisons in Iraq and Guantnamo Bay, Cuba.

The judge focused on 144 photographs that were turned over to Army investigators last year by Specialist Joseph M. Darby, a reservist who was posted at Abu Ghraib. A small number of the pictures have already been published, including those showing naked detainees piled in a pyramid and simulating sex while their American military captors looked on.


“There is another dimension to a picture that is of much greater moment and immediacy” than a document, Judge Hellerstein said in court. He rejected [assistant United States attorney Sean] Lane’s argument that releasing the pictures would violate the Geneva Conventions because some prisoners might be identified and “further humiliated.”

The government could appeal the decision.

Megan Lewis, a lawyer who argued on behalf of the A.C.L.U., said the photographs “could be extremely upsetting and depict conduct that would outrage the American public and be truly horrifying.”