Dy’er Sez: So Obama signed the bill that he ‘ordered’ Congress to fashion which will keep the torture photos from ever coming before the eyes of the public. This means that Obama is an INTENTIONAL accessory to the war crimes of the Bush administration. If ever Bush and company comes before the Hague (a real long shot, but one can hope), there is no choice now but to have Obama sitting in the defendants row along with them.
Think about the message this sends to the rest of the world about who we
are as Americans. Folks, we have become the BAD GUYS.
And to all you good folks who voted for this mockery of a man, is this the change you voted for? If you support this then you are no better than the people on the other side of the aisle who backed the last administrations torture policies that you were so vehemently against.
Story from Raw Story (I am using a link to the PrisonPlanet posting of the original story as the Raw Story link is acting funky):
Obama signs law blocking release of torture photos
President Barack Obama received a great deal of media attention on Wednesday for signing a historic hate-crimes bill into law. But, on the same day, the US president also signed a Homeland Security spending bill that received far less attention, even though it effectively blocks efforts by activists to reveal photos of detainee abuse in US custody.
“We are disappointed that the president has signed a law giving the Defense Department the authority to hide evidence of its own misconduct, and we hope the defense secretary will not take advantage of that authority by suppressing photos related to the abuse of prisoners,” Jameel Jaffer, national security director for the ACLU, said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the House and Senate inserted language into the Homeland Security appropriations bill that would shield photos of detainees in the US’s war on terror from the Freedom of Information Act. The language, which was added at the prodding of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), effectively blocks an ACLU lawsuit currently before the courts that would have forced the government to release the photos under Freedom of Information statutes.
As Daphne Eviatar noted at the Washington Independent, “President Obama initially agreed to release the photos, but changed his mind after consulting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and others at the Pentagon, who warned the photos would endanger US servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
- Torture Today, Torture Tomorrow, Torture Forever (reason.com)
- CNSNews: Gitmo Detainees Return to Terror? (michsineath.com)
- Abu Ghraib photos Obama is censoring “show rape” and sexual torture of men and women, says general (boingboing.net)