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Obama reverses on releasing photos
The Politico ^

Posted on 05/13/2009 10:00:18 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama reverses on releasing photos

As Democrats appear to be feeling the limits of national security politics, President Obama has reversed course and will object to the court-ordered release of photos depicting the abuse of detainees.

An official explains, on background:

Last week, the President met with his legal team and told them that he did not feel comfortable with the release of the DOD photos because he believes their release would endanger our troops, and because he believes that the national security implications of such a release have not been fully presented to the court.

At the end of that meeting, the President directed his counsel to object to the immediate release of the photos on those grounds.

Yesterday, during a meeting at the White House, the President raised the issue of these photos with General Odierno and told him of his decision to argue against this release.

Through his actions from the first days of his administration, the President has made it clear that the United States will hold itself and all the men and women who serve our country to the highest standards of conduct.

The President would be the last to excuse the actions depicted in these photos. That is why the Department of Defense investigated these cases, and why individuals have been punished through prison sentences, discharges, and a range of other punitive measures. But 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 US forces, and making our job more difficult in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; agitprop; airforceone; bho44; bhodod; democrats; lawsuit; obamabreakspromises; obamaflipflops; photogate

1 posted on 05/13/2009 10:00:18 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
I call this the Cheney Effect.
2 posted on 05/13/2009 10:02:19 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: Sub-Driver

The Associated Press is reporting that President Obama has changed his mind and decided to oppose the release of photos showing alleged abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan,

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell had said military commanders had raised concernsabout the release. Some lawmakers had also objected, saying the release would only aid al-Qaeda propaganda efforts.

The Justice Department had told a federal judge it would not oppose release of 44 photos at issue in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The photos are slated for release by May 28.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs will likely provide more at his briefing, scheduled for 1:30 p.m.


3 posted on 05/13/2009 10:02:21 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Way to go CHENEY!!! God, how I wish Cheney were our POTUS!


4 posted on 05/13/2009 10:04:21 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.")
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To: Sub-Driver

How long ‘till the Moonbats scream for the Messiah’s head over this? After all, He promised!


5 posted on 05/13/2009 10:04:27 AM PDT by Afisra
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To: Sub-Driver
the President met with his legal team and told them that he did not feel comfortable with the release of the DOD photos because he believes their release would endanger our troops

This is, of course, the least likely explanation.

6 posted on 05/13/2009 10:05:03 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Sub-Driver

Some of the damage has been done, all in his plan to trash America, its military, our missions in two theaters, and the Bush Administration, ie, all patriots.


7 posted on 05/13/2009 10:05:28 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: Sub-Driver

Just another day in the make-it-up-as-you-go-along presidency.


8 posted on 05/13/2009 10:05:41 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Mr. Bernanke, have you started working on your book about the second GREATER depression?")
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe he’s worried the photos will show such shocking abuses such as:

Men in handcuffs.
Men in a cell.
Men being fed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Men being forced to take a bath (with soap no less.)

In other words, maybe what he is really worried abouot is the pictures won’t look (to the average American) like someone being tortured/mistreated, but rather similar to the treatment someone gets in prison.


9 posted on 05/13/2009 10:05:43 AM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yep Cheney’s fault ... LOL


10 posted on 05/13/2009 10:06:57 AM PDT by Tarpon (You abolish your responsibilities, you surrender your rights.)
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To: Sub-Driver
They'll get leaked anyway and bambi can feign anger and say he was against it....best of both worlds
11 posted on 05/13/2009 10:07:12 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (zer0 is doing to capitalism what Kennedy did to health care)
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To: Sub-Driver

The wheels are really starting to come off the cart now...


12 posted on 05/13/2009 10:07:18 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Bait and Switch - that's change ain't it?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Maybe Obama finally has concluded that its his WOT, like it or not.

And, like it or not, he'll be held responsible for its conduct.

13 posted on 05/13/2009 10:07:50 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Jeff Chandler

Bump to the top!


14 posted on 05/13/2009 10:08:23 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama believes their release would endanger his popularity numbers and slow down his socialist takeover of our United States.


15 posted on 05/13/2009 10:08:28 AM PDT by TurtleUp (So this is how liberty dies - to thunderous applause!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Press secretary Robert Gibbs will likely provide more at his briefing, scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The story was entirely believable up until this line.

16 posted on 05/13/2009 10:11:13 AM PDT by trad_anglican
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To: Sub-Driver
Just another example of Obama behaving foolishly. He reminds me more and more of an earnest but callow teen-ager.

His actions to date tell us that his first instinct is always to go for the grand gesture; and then he backtracks once his actions turn out to be stupid.

You can be sure that if we can notice that tendency, it will also be noticed by clever folks who want to take advantage of this characteristic in order to make him do something really stupid. Iran, for example, or Russia.

It would be the same game Hitler played with Neville Chamberlain....

17 posted on 05/13/2009 10:11:23 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: TurtleUp

bump


18 posted on 05/13/2009 10:16:22 AM PDT by A message (3 years 8 months 7 days)
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

I’m wondering...did anyone in the RNC even ask him?


19 posted on 05/13/2009 10:16:29 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Way to go Cheney!


20 posted on 05/13/2009 10:18:16 AM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Score 1 for Cheney!


21 posted on 05/13/2009 10:20:33 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Jack of all Trades

This Torture Pix reversal along with the fight between BO vs Pelosi vs CIA vs Hoyer vs etc., etc...proves that this wagon train of Leftist Rats has thrown some wheels and is about to be ambushed big time. Maybe even the Pubs will get in on the attack, if they don’t have to take any hits.


22 posted on 05/13/2009 10:21:33 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: iopscusa

I say just sit back and pass the popcorn. The O-man is really firing up his base, and not in the way he had planned.


23 posted on 05/13/2009 10:29:13 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Bait and Switch - that's change ain't it?)
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To: Sub-Driver

It finally dawned on Obama that he would be held responsible for any American deaths and injuries resulting from release of the photos. Our troops in the field, our embassies and consulates, US businesses abroad, amerrican tourists, etc. could well become targets. And Obama would have a hard time blaming this on Bush. When the rubber meets the road, Obama doesn’t want to held responsible for anything.


24 posted on 05/13/2009 11:15:24 AM PDT by kabar
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To: All

This article makes it sound like Bush did nothing to stop abuses...and somehow magically Zero discovered abuses, prosecuted ill-behaving troops and put them in the slammer - all in three months.

Oh wait...THAT WAS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION


25 posted on 05/13/2009 12:06:57 PM PDT by SpitfyrAce
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To: Jeff Chandler

Bump that!


26 posted on 05/13/2009 12:48:41 PM PDT by Shelayne (Lord, come quickly!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why in the hell did this marxist empty suit even open this pandora’s box to begin with? What a fool.


27 posted on 05/13/2009 12:52:39 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Sub-Driver
Welcome to the world of SELECTIVE TRANSPARENCY!

How to create a free blog

28 posted on 05/13/2009 1:17:14 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Welcome to the world of SELECTIVE TRANSPARENCY!

How to create a free blog

29 posted on 05/13/2009 1:17:32 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly
God, how I wish Cheney were our POTUS!

Good things happen when conservatives speak truth to power.

No More New Tone


30 posted on 05/13/2009 1:56:24 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: Sub-Driver; Brookhaven

I guess I disagree with most here, I want to see the pictures.


31 posted on 05/13/2009 2:41:13 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Afisra

check out DU, if you can stand the stench, look at the comments about the zero now. hahahahah. they are on the verge of bleeding out through their eyes, teeth popping like popcorn,, its hilarious.


32 posted on 05/13/2009 2:44:07 PM PDT by tm61 (somewhere in chicago, a ward is missing it's crook)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Whoops (blush) this time for sure. Additional:

Obama Now Objects to Release of Detainee Abuse Photos
Fox News | 05/13/2009
Posted on 05/13/2009 10:04:44 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2250104/posts

Obama U-turn on abuse photos
BBC | 16:46 GMT, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | staff
Posted on 05/13/2009 10:05:44 AM PDT by gandalftb
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2250105/posts


33 posted on 05/13/2009 3:56:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Sub-Driver
The President would be the last to excuse the actions depicted in these photos. That is why the Department of Defense investigated these cases, and why individuals have been punished through prison sentences, discharges, and a range of other punitive measures.

Funny how they forgot to mention that the bad apples were punished, discharged, or reprimanded by the Bush administration BEFORE even the first photo was leaked to the media.

34 posted on 05/13/2009 3:57:20 PM PDT by dannyboy72a (The President of the United States should not be selling me insurance)
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To: Sub-Driver

Over at the DUmmies board, they’re absolutely livid about this!


35 posted on 05/13/2009 8:07:58 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: Sub-Driver

SIAP but the only reason he is not releasing the photos is because of Pelosi.

He wants it to go away as fast as possible to protect her. If they were to show the pictures it would give more weight to what she knew and when she knew it and why she lied about it.

John


36 posted on 05/13/2009 8:25:34 PM PDT by Diggity
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