More Photos To Come

From Holden:

We may get a decision on the release of additional ABu Ghraib photos and videos today.

A showdown is set for Monday in a New York federal court over the Defense Department’s refusal to release a new batch of photographs and videos showing U.S. soldiers abusing detainees in Iraq.

The 87 photographs and four videos were taken by Spc. Joseph M. Darby, the Army military policeman who ignited an international maelstrom last year when he turned over photos to authorities that revealed soldiers mistreating, sexually humiliating and threatening inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad.

Government lawyers say publicly releasing the images would “endanger the safety and lives of individuals, including soldiers and civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere,” according to legal documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The American Civil Liberties Union, lead counsel for a coalition of five civil liberties and veterans groups, is asking U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein to reject what it sees as the government’s last-ditch effort to keep images from Abu Ghraib from the public.

“There is a grave danger in shielding government misconduct from public scrutiny,” lawyers for the coalition stated in their legal brief. “The best way for the government to address the reaction it fears is not by hiding misconduct, but by addressing it in a forthright and credible manner.”

Judge Hellerstein had ordered the Bush assministration to remove identifying traits from the images and turn them over to him by July 22 when assministration lawyers came up with the novel idea that the images should be withheld because they might incite violence and hatred of America. Funny, the assministration never thought of that when they ordered the military and the CIA to torture Iraqi detainees. I don’t expect the judge to reverse his decision on such a spurious argument.