May 13 2009
As all of you know, I loathe our President, but when he does something right, I will give him props for it. President Obama has decided to not release the photos which the Pentagon had planned to release by May 28 in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU.
And while I don’t necessarily believe what he claims motivated him to do it, I am very glad he did it.
In a sharp reversal, the White House announced Wednesday the administration will not release hundreds of photos potentially showing U.S. military personnel abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
A senior administration official told FOX News that President Obama told his legal advisers last week that he did not feel comfortable with the release of the photos because he believes they would endanger U.S. troops, and that the national security implications of such a release have not been fully presented in federal court.”
The president strongly believes that the release of these photos, particularly at this time, would only serve the purpose of inflaming the theaters of war, jeopardizing U.S. forces, and making our job more difficult in places like Iraq and Afghanistan,” reads a statement from the White House.
The ACLU, which has claimed the release of the photos will help the American people decide whether the abuse was widespread, immediately criticized the decision. FOX NEWS