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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

US President Barack Obama has changed his mind and will now attempt to block the publication of photographs showing the abuse of prisoners by US soldiers.

The US government had previously said it would not fight a court ruling ordering the release of the pictures.

Mr Obama now believes the release of the photos would make the job of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan more difficult, White House officials said.

The pictures were due to be released by 28 May, according to the court ruling.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuse; agenda; agitprop; bho44; bhodod; obamabreakspromises; obamaflipflops; photos; torture
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Sanity reigns.
1 posted on 05/13/2009 10:05:44 AM PDT by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb

Maybe they are relatives of his and it pains him to see them as “terrorists”?


2 posted on 05/13/2009 10:06:55 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: gandalftb

One small isolated incident of sanity.


3 posted on 05/13/2009 10:06:58 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: gandalftb

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.


4 posted on 05/13/2009 10:07:06 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: gandalftb

Just like John Effin Kerry, he was for it before he was against it.


5 posted on 05/13/2009 10:07:12 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: gandalftb

0be proves, once again, that he is an idiot.


6 posted on 05/13/2009 10:08:27 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: gandalftb

Ha! The Liberals are going to go nuts!


7 posted on 05/13/2009 10:08:28 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: gandalftb

Yeah - now that Pelosi and the Democrats have been documented as being briefed about the “torture”, it would be a little embarrassing at their own trial for war crimes.


8 posted on 05/13/2009 10:09:38 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: gandalftb

No, this means the photos will be “leaked” instead of turned over.


9 posted on 05/13/2009 10:09:43 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: gandalftb
"Sanity reigns."

Self preservation more likely.

Obviously something in the photos will reverberate badly against hisself.

10 posted on 05/13/2009 10:10:25 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: gandalftb
There is a little crack of light splitting the darkness at the heart of destruction of America?

Why, why the U-Turn? What changed?

11 posted on 05/13/2009 10:10:25 AM PDT by EBH (May God Save the Republic!)
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To: Paladin2
As someone said on another thread, it could be the photos will be leaked and Obama gets the best of both worlds.

It's BO's MO.

12 posted on 05/13/2009 10:10:30 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ArrogantBustard

Don’t kid yourself, he’s still for it, this is
only being done on the advise of his political
advisors who see that the release of these photos
will rebound directly on obama himself, other than
that he could care less.


13 posted on 05/13/2009 10:10:56 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: gandalftb

I still haven’t figured out if he is smart to the point that it’s all just politics and he’s playing both sides, or if he is just plain dumb and stupid.

President Flip-Flop.


14 posted on 05/13/2009 10:10:57 AM PDT by bergmeid
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To: gandalftb

Obama handlers told him to backoff.


15 posted on 05/13/2009 10:11:15 AM PDT by bmwcyle (American voters can fix this world if they would just wake up.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Like John Kerry, he’s for releasing the documents but only if his critics cannot see them.


16 posted on 05/13/2009 10:11:31 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (What happened to the end of the politics of personal destruction that Obama claimed to be bringing?)
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To: Deb
No, this means the photos will be “leaked” instead of turned over.

Bingo.

17 posted on 05/13/2009 10:12:09 AM PDT by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: tet68

yup


18 posted on 05/13/2009 10:12:25 AM PDT by cdchik123
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To: tet68

>Don’t kid yourself, he’s still for it, this is
only being done on the advise of his political
advisors who see that the release of these photos
will rebound directly on obama himself, other than
that he could care less.<

Perhaps someone hinted darkly about a certain birth certificate?


19 posted on 05/13/2009 10:12:42 AM PDT by Califreak ("Could Zero be the Walkin' Dude?")
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To: skeeter

Well the Abu Ghraib photos were leaked by one of the participants who was already under criminal investigation. When he was unable to secure a plea bargain, the photos were leaked. That is blackmail and he should’ve been prosecuted for it along with his Uncle who was negotiating the deal.


20 posted on 05/13/2009 10:12:48 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (What happened to the end of the politics of personal destruction that Obama claimed to be bringing?)
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To: gandalftb
The Cheney Effect
21 posted on 05/13/2009 10:13:08 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.")
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

Bingo.


22 posted on 05/13/2009 10:15:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: gandalftb

The need to track down and court-martial every solider that took one of those picture, after they insert his camera in the proper holder.


23 posted on 05/13/2009 10:17:16 AM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: gandalftb
OBAMA LIES
24 posted on 05/13/2009 10:18:16 AM PDT by odin2008 (I like to do graphics)
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To: gandalftb

Maybe he’s getting the message that throwing everybody on his side under the bus is probably a bad idea. Throwing the CIA/miltary/etc. under the bus is a really bad idea for a would-be dictator.


25 posted on 05/13/2009 10:18:35 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: gandalftb

Showing pictures or videos of POW’s is a criminal offense according to the Geneva Convention. If he had proceeded we could have witnessed him being charged in the world court for war crimes.

I’m sure that someone was going to bring the charge or he wouldn’t have changed his mind.


26 posted on 05/13/2009 10:18:41 AM PDT by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: gandalftb

Funny, on the big issues where Obama really beat Bush up on, Obama seems to be moving closer and closer to Bush on.


27 posted on 05/13/2009 10:19:16 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: SkyPilot
Yeah - now that Pelosi and the Democrats have been documented as being briefed about the “torture”, it would be a little embarrassing at their own trial for war crimes.

Amazing how that worked, no?

28 posted on 05/13/2009 10:19:39 AM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: gandalftb

polls reign


29 posted on 05/13/2009 10:19:49 AM PDT by italianquaker (We went from a country that hates the president to a president that hates his country)
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To: gandalftb

It has nothing to do with sanity. He’s losing the war in Afghanistan, and he knows he’s going to need intelligence. He may have gone too far out already against ‘torture’, but between the nukes in Pakistan being up for grabs, and the fact that he’s losing in Afghanistan, he’s covering his ass.

He owns both issues.


30 posted on 05/13/2009 10:21:00 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: gandalftb

It’s not sanity - he is using to further his agenda.


31 posted on 05/13/2009 10:21:20 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: gandalftb

hmmm...I am speechless. For once he did something I am glad of, although it sure took him awhile to get the issue right.


32 posted on 05/13/2009 10:22:03 AM PDT by jackv (Just shakin' my head!!)
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To: EBH

Simple....somebody bitchslapped a bit of common sense into him.


33 posted on 05/13/2009 10:22:27 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now!)
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To: bmwcyle

TOTUS says NO!


34 posted on 05/13/2009 10:23:03 AM PDT by freebird5850 (O-Bomba is not the Messia. Jesus was a carpenter and could build a cabinet!)
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To: gandalftb

The DUmmies over at democraticundergound.com are livid. LMAO! Love it!


35 posted on 05/13/2009 10:24:31 AM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: bergmeid

I don’t trust this guy at all! There has to be a reason benifical to him!......One thing is for sure...He’s a definite libtard flip flopper for sure!.....


36 posted on 05/13/2009 10:24:51 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: gandalftb
US President Barack Obama has changed his mind and will now attempt to block the publication of photographs showing the abuse of prisoners by US soldiers.

Attempt, folks, attempt. Milhouse is now on record saying he doesn't want it done so when the attempt fails, he can claim that despite doing everything he could to stop it, he had no choice but to release them. Standard play out of the Clintonista playbook.

37 posted on 05/13/2009 10:24:57 AM PDT by Dahoser (The missus and I joined the NRA. Who says Obama can't inspire conservatives?)
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To: gandalftb
Public back lash is getting to this guy. Good. We need to apply the same pressure in other areas to back this marxist down until we can get him neutered in 2010 and then replaced in 2012.

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

NOW WE KNOW WHAT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER DOES

OBAMA, THE STOCK MARKET, AND ENERGY

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S UPBRINGING

IT'S TIME FOR A RETURN TO THE OLD SCHOOL

38 posted on 05/13/2009 10:25:00 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: gandalftb

How has President Ponzi avoided being called a flip-flopper by the media? (Rhetorical question.)

Does anyone know of a list of his flips?


39 posted on 05/13/2009 10:25:20 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: Deb
No, this means the photos will be “leaked” instead of turned over.

Ah, you understand lefties very well.

40 posted on 05/13/2009 10:26:34 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: ErnBatavia
If I thought that were the case...(sigh),

no, something changed.

New commander in theater too.

41 posted on 05/13/2009 10:26:34 AM PDT by EBH (May God Save the Republic!)
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To: gandalftb

Are the rat bastards in the ACLU complaining?.....I don’t hear anything yet. Any moves Erkel makes are suspicous....


42 posted on 05/13/2009 10:26:53 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: gandalftb

Wowsers!! And we thought John F’n Kerry was the flip-flopper extraordinaire!!!


43 posted on 05/13/2009 10:29:00 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: LasVegasMac; SkyPilot
The latest meme being floated for public consumption is that Bush broke the law because he failed to disclose the use of waterboarding to Democrats until six months after it was first deployed on Abu Zubaydah in Aug of 2002. Even if that doesn't fly, the Dems...at least the ones at DU...indicate that they are more than willing to throw Pelosi...and anyone else who gets in their way...under the bus to get Bush and Cheney.
44 posted on 05/13/2009 10:31:20 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Dahoser

BINGO. They’ll go through the motions of filing briefs and stalling for a few months, then the court will come back and say “I said, release those pictures,” and Obama will sigh and say, “well, the court told us to, we have no choice” and release the photos. The moonbats will be happy, and Obama can say to the rest of the country, “hey, I tried, but we have to respect the rule of law.”

He gets it both ways, he can blame it on a faceless judge and the ACLU, both of whom will never face any penalty for their treason, and he looks like a statesman.

}:-)4


45 posted on 05/13/2009 10:32:05 AM PDT by Moose4 (Hey RNC. Don't move toward the middle. MOVE THE MIDDLE TOWARD YOU.)
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To: gandalftb

Amateur Night.


46 posted on 05/13/2009 10:32:57 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: gandalftb
What should have been a no-brainer from the get-go, turns into Obama appearing to render a thoughtful decision after much deliberation.

BS!

Maybe Zer0 got a call from Dick Cheney or better yet, had a late night White House visit from the ghost of Ronald Reagan and came to his senses.

47 posted on 05/13/2009 10:34:18 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Pietro

Precisely. They must have seen polling numbers showing them this wasn’t a winner.

Too late.....their intent was made perfectly clear to all.


48 posted on 05/13/2009 10:37:07 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: ravingnutter
Even if that doesn't fly, the Dems...at least the ones at DU...indicate that they are more than willing to throw Pelosi...and anyone else who gets in their way...under the bus to get Bush and Cheney.

I am sure you are right about that.

BDS Uber Alles.

I just checked out the blogs, and the Left is going bonkers now. They wanted their Stalin Show Trial - dammit!

Good new that last couple of days - Carrie Prejean keeps her crown, and the Left go nuts.

Now this.

49 posted on 05/13/2009 10:37:54 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

The damn ACLU is behind this garbage! It’s going to blow up in Erkels face sooner or later! The dumbass acts as if all of America voted for him! Maybe someone gave the idiot a reality check!


50 posted on 05/13/2009 10:42:55 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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