Skip to comments.Obama U-turn on abuse photos
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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I just took a quick peek over at the HuffHo, and the lemming pinko-commie-lib-dems are engorged with the "wisdom" of their sAVIOR.
However the most telling comments posted over there is that they feel releasing these pictures would not serve any purpose at this point.
They are of course dead on, since the purpose of releasing the Abu Grab pics was to undermine President Bush.
If its true that theyre reversing position, we find that wholly unacceptable, ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer told POLITICO. Its inconsistent with the commitment theyve made to the court and its inconsistent with the promise of transparency that theyve repeated many times both before the election and since.
Jaffer said the ACLU had not been officially informed of the governments change in stance, which he earlier called an effort to renege on the administrations prior promise.
I am enjoying watching their heads explode at DU. F-bombs abound! That damned evil Cheney must be blackmailing Obama!
Could it be that the whole issue with San Fran Nan and her waterboarding lies is about to blow up? The Dems have collectively lost whatever little credibility they had. I’m starting to think that he’s decided to stop this entire trainwreck. Their Bush Derangement Syndrome is really starting to hurt them big time. That and the Pakistan matter. Those Talis are getting completely out of control and O-sh!t isn’t helping any. He’s way over his head so he’s decided to stop the release of the “abuse” photos. One less thing to worry about.
seeing as I never venture over there onto that cesspit of dummy brain dead sheep could you let us know what they are saying please
correct not only that though but bozo has done his job as now he lets the left but mostly our enemies know there are photo’s out there and that is all he needed
Bringing this up has backfired as now Pelosi, and others are facing the same charges at what they were throwing out
I bet they never wished they brought all this up
I would think this mean the pictures of pretty damn bad.
The British papers have contained allegations of sliced open genitals, forced sodomy in front of female family members and violent forced enemas. If there are pictures of any of that then then it would absolutely cause backlash.
On the other hand, how do you also not prosecute somebody if there are pictures that are so bad we can’t release them?
The DUmmies are going ballistic. This is not the Change they wanted it and they are bashing zer0. How funny!
correct the Geneva convention says you cannot sow these pictures and so the left says no no no we can but then on the other hand they want the Geneva convention to defend these terrorists
This just shows how dumb and brain dead the left is.
Perhaps someone hinted darkly about a certain birth certificate?
I wonder what his position is on the public airing of photos of babies abused, tortured, and aborted with his cooperation and support?
He will “attempt” to stop the release. That’s like Willie Wonka “attempting” to save the fat boy from falling into the chocolate. “No, please stop” whispered so nobody could hear him.
Wait till tomorrow to be sure he has actually changed his mind.
Yeah, good point. Attempt is correct. I see where you are headed.
Keith Olberman will go ballistic!
What little I could stomach over at Huffington Post seems to be broken into two camps...one faction is completely pissed off at Barry-O and the other half is defending the decision saying it would harm US Troops...the same exact rationale the Bush administration had...they are flip flopping just like Dear Leader is...
I suspect Mr. Obama has reviewed the “torture” photos and realizes that they are not as shocking or disturbing as he would have liked. They will not serve his purpose to release them.
Gibbs is on Fox now, going hummina hummina as reporters nibble at his ankles.
Meanwhile DUmmies are having serious allergic reactions to all this, their breaking news thread shows discouragement and some gnashing of teeth at the CHANGE in the Lord 0bama.
Reporters in presser not happy either!
There was an excellent article on NRO about Obama’s decision to release the photos. I think that it was by Andrew McCarthy. He said that Obama was making a purely arbitrary decision to please his far left wing supporters, that there is no court order and no reason to release these picts other than to further damage the US reputation and blame the Bush administration.
I guess that’s the reason that the CIA leaked those memos about the congressional briefings. Then we had the Afghanis stepping up the accusations about the killing of civilians. Obama’s got himself in a real pickle, now.
Neighbor of the Beast, borrowing the Beast’s lawnmower, thanks, I’ll look at DU. But everytime I look at them, or Huffington, or Buzzflash, I marvel at how stupid they are not only in their thinking but in how they set the forum and post’s up. FR is by far the best I’ve seen, and no advertising, which really helps.
He knows that Cheney is poised to release his own set of data proving that the techniques have saved many American lives.
Thank you Vice-President Cheney!
Did this article, by Andy McCarthy, influence the Obama flip on this issue?
That damned evil Cheney must be blackmailing Obama!
Maybe they could speculate on the “goods” that they are apparently admitting Cheney has on their “savior”. By the way, what kind of savior can be blackmailed? s/
Yes, because high-ranking CIA officials might be hauled before the world court.
If they did, they might "find" one of these in a Evidence Locker with Obama's name on it:
They wreak havoc saying one thing and doing another on so many fronts, along with the havok from their new policies.
This is all from Saul Alinsky’s playbook. That, and general incompetence.
Mr Obama now believes pooring gas on yourself and touching a lit match to the fuel could cause bodily harm, White House officials said.
geniuS geenIUS GEEEENIUS!
“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.”
I suspect three elements caused this decision: (1) Polls show he’s going to get slaughtered if he releases them; (2) By technically opposing the release but getting the Court to do his dirty work, he gets political cover from being slaughtered; and/or(3) The pictures aren’t all that bad. He assesses that they do more damage as they are imagined to be than as they really are.
O changed his mind, let's hope this one works a little better from now in.
This reverse is related to a few major issues:
Morale at the CIA and our entire military in that a mutiny would ensue as the pics would reveal operators and destroy future ops;
I am advised that many of the pics are extreme and would be on every jihadist site and recruiting poster; many of the pics show foreign nationals (Israeli and Arabic) helping the "questioning" and would destroy the trust we have with coalition partners;
O needs to have this issue go away to save Pelosi and build bridges with Muslims; O is mindful of the long news cycle of Abu Ghraib and realizes these pics would define him and America for months/years;
O's favorite work is re-elect and he loses independents by releasing these pics.
He has done this on other occassions also....WAKE UP PEOPLE!!
With Obama I have my suspicions. This could have been his intent from the very beginning. He throws a bone to his Moonbats then pulls it away, or Obama feigns objection while really wanting to release the pictures all for political cover.
Even severe alcoholics have a sense of clarity for a moment.
Let our hearts not be elated.....nothing happens without the Obama operatives not knowing 10 steps ahead on every decision it puts out to look good.
Let me guess complete meltdown mode. LoL!
I think it will play out just as you say. Obama knows the press will play dumb and the Pubs won’t dare utter a word. We’ve seen this movie before.
Right decision, but it just goes to show the lack of a coherent thought process. He did considerable damage just by saying that he was going to release them.
You are exactly right.
So the ACLU sues, Obama’s AG throws the case and the photos are released.......Obama wins the conservatives and the liberals. Even if this isn’t the plan, the very idea that these pictures are sooooooo bad that they can’t be released to the public, certainly makes for good spin. Obama wins.
the homosexual kenyan finally makes a good decision..though I’m sure someone else made the decision for him...no doubt this is an opportunity to make him “look good” to the masses...they know they have a rude awakening next year in the mid term elex...however, wise decision in this one...he knows he’d face a military/cia coup if these were released.
They are right about that. 0bama’s reversal is not because he “thought it over” without counsel, or because someone in the FBI or the DOJ convinced him.
It’s because Dick Cheney hit the airwaves and opened whupass on 0bama.
Still waiting for any network, including Fox, to mention it.
Never trust a Rat and his propaganda machine. Could it be that these pictures don't even exist, or the ones that do are no where near as bad as has been hinted? He has thrown the bone to the moonbats as you say, but by not releasing pictures that don't really exist, maybe he has thrown a bone to us as well?
Sorry, but sanity didn't return. The a**hat knows he is getting trashed over this and is trying to do damage control. That is a good sign because it shows that these leftwing libtards are vulnerable and we have to keep hitting them. Thank Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz for this turn around on the picture policy.
O has been wearing Bush/Cheney like a blanket and maybe he is ready to start governing and stop campaigning to be the head of the biggest leftist/liberal agenda.
Remember that O was trained in anti-government, movement politics and he is finding out that he must go around the corner and represent America first.
Maybe O woke up this morning and figured out that he must now be a statesman and choose between lesser evils.
And perhaps he is realizing that "dancing with the one that brung ya" is suicidal and treasonous on this issue.
Has nothing to do with sanity.
he could care less about our soldiers, it is about the photos not being relevant and showing enough to make republicans look bad.
Yeah, now he made the right call....after first making the wrong call.
He's still the douche bag of the free world in my opinion
Maybe he knows he is going to lose in federal court, and he wants to go through the pretense of fighting against the release of the photos, so he can appear to be “moderate” and gain support from the military. After the court rules to release the photos again, he can say he tried to suppress them.
In the meantime, they are likely to leak to the media, so again he can pull a Pontius Pilate if that happens. Thus he can work to destroy the USA while avoiding the blame.
Did you miss this?
"and will now attempt to block"
Words mean something.....
Uh um uh, I attempted to block the uh photos, but, uh, it was out of my control. It's all Bush's fault!
They can’t release the photos because the detainees weren’t abused.
It’s “the big lie” writ large.