Skip to comments.(Daily Mail-UK) Obama's bid to suppress prisoner abuse pictures fails as images are leaked
Posted on 05/15/2009 6:48:52 AM PDT by tcrlaf
Mr Obama fears a backlash against U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Further images purportedly from the 2,000 include one of a naked man covered in excrement with a guard standing in front of him.
Others yet to be released are alleged to show guards threatening to sexually assault a detainee with a broomstick and hooded prisoners in transport planes with copies of Playboy magazine showing naked women open on their laps.
The president had previously committed to allowing them to be seen but changed his mind after senior generals said it could place U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in greater danger.
The images were released in Australia yesterday where they were originally obtained by the television channel SBS in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
The release comes at an inopportune time for President Obama who is trying to build bridges with the Islamic world.
President Obama earlier vowed to fight to block the release of the 2,000 'inflammatory' photographs showing the abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers. He had previously said the administration would not oppose a court ruling demanding the release of hundreds of the classified photos.
This followed his decision to release the U.S. Justice Department memos detailing CIA interrogation methods, such as waterboarding, that he has now outlawed as torture. Aides say he changed his mind on the photos because 'he did not feel comfortable' with their release. He has asked his legal advisors to present a new case to judges saying that making the pictures public could imperil national security.
The White House legal team is now preparing for a June 9 deadline to present its case that it would be against the interests of national security to make them public.
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How would it be torture to put a hood on someone’s head and then show him pictures of naked women? He wouldn’t be able to see them, so how would he know they were naked? Or was the torture knowing that there were pictures of naked women that they couldn’t see?
We need a congressional investigation on this one, pronto.
“For every crisis they create, another bombshell drops somewhere else to distract from the first crisis.”
That is EXACTLY what I was I thinking....
A Massive diversion to get the media, and the sheeple’s minds away from the Democrats failed attempt to control the news.
Thier “Focus Group” probablly told them that focusing on Torture would give them great coverage while they did something else, like Destroy FREE ENTERPRISE IN AMERICA with the Auto takeovers, but it’s backfiring in thier faces now.
What??????? Do you *honestly* think that these photos were released without Hussein's *specific* knowledge and *specific* consent?
He's playing both sides of the fence...which is *exactly* what Saul Alinsky encouraged.He announced that it would be wrong to release them....and then....*secretly*...orders them to be released.Released in such a way as to provide three layers of deniability for him *and* his top aides.
Obama has photos leaked so he can lie again and say I didnt know that would happen
IMPEACH his sorry arse now
At least we gave him a nice comforter.
And they call waterboarding torture?!?
Was Nancy Pelosi briefed on this?
"OK you prisoners listen up. Who wants the bamboo shoots under their fingernails and who wants to sit in a chair with a hood on and a Playboy magzine in their lap?"
There are two exceptions to the Freedom of Information Act. 1. for issues of national security, and 2. for issues of foreign policy.
All Obammie the Commie had to do was sign an executive order barring the release of these images for reason of national security and the matter would have ended there.
That he plays out this silly game in the judiciary process and says he'll release them, then assigns one of his lawyers to fight against releasing them — while he knows he can stop the release of the images by executive order — proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that his goal was to release these images in order to appease his extreme-left-wing base and assuage conservatives and make the believe he was against it, all the while, exacting damage on America knowingly.
The naked guy hanging there looks to me like he is doing it himself. There’s a bottle on the floor next to him, a towel between his head and the floor, and his hands are not tied. If this is torture then I’ve woken up to it a whole lot of times when I was young and single.
I will NEVER believe he did not want those pictures released
The Daily Mail is full of it.
Those are old pictures.
They’re trying to pull a fast one and I’m not biting.
“hooded prisoners in transport planes with copies of Playboy magazine showing naked women open on their laps.”
This isn’t for OUR consumption, other than to cover for Pelosi’s lies.
This is for THE ARAB STREET, and the outrage that it will prompt. My only question is how many has Obama doomed to DIE in this weekend’s Mideast torture riots?? AND DOES HE EVEN CARE?
Last night I wanted to climb through the screen and punch him out. He was praising Obama to high heaven for issuing the order to squash the alleged torture photos. It was SICKENING.
At least two or three of his guests and contributors warned him that this was a cynical Obama political move......and that the photos would be leaked....yet Obama could still bask in the praise and hosannas for his order.
In his own inimitable way of putting down opinions contrary to his own, he arrogantly dismissed all their reasoned prognostications.
It didn't take but a few hours to bear out what the contributors, including Bernie Goldberg, warned BOR about. The photos are leaked.
I have to hand it to Sean Hannity. He's been great every night. He lit into the sick humor at the Correspondents' Dinner while O'Reilly dismissed most of it with a wave of his hand and a smile. Last night, Sean also saw Obama's order for what it is, a shrewd political win/win move.
O'Reilly gets more weasely every night. He must be desperate to get Obama on his show or for an interview. O'Reilly has no political moorings of any kind......you never know what side he'll flop on. He's politically uninformed and unsophisticated, also. What a nauseating putz. He's just an overbearing mouth.
Bring on Glenn Beck during O'Reilly's hour, and kick the bloviator up to midnight.
At this point, we really don't know whether the photos are new, old, or photo shopped. And while we can assume that the photos were leaked at 0bama's command, the person with the greatest motive to leak the photos at this time, is not 0bama, but Pelosi, who probably had access to the photos when she served on the House [Un]intellignece Committee.
Float the baloon. Gauge the safe position. Outwardly take that position. Covertly do what you wanted all along.
Democrats Assail Obama's Hit List
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sam_paine to Islander7...
Theater, it is just theater.
Yup. Orchestrated by his friends. He demands miniscule cuts. The Dems in safe districts make a show...next up....watch for it...Obama turns around and "fights for budget cuts" and "champions the taxpayer".
So predictable. So idiotic. So accepted by the masses. So sad.
“Or was the torture knowing that there were pictures of naked women that they couldnt see?”
These photos could have been taken on one night in Barney Frank’s basement. In America, we have people who PAY to be “Tortured” this way.
I could not agree with you more!
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