He certainly didn’t have a problem making American soldiers look bad.
(Telegraph 4/24/2009) — President Barack Obama is to release up to 2,000 photographs of alleged abuse at American prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan in a move which will reignite the scandal surrounding Abu Ghraib prison in 2004.
The decision to make public the images sought in a legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union comes amid a political firestorm over alleged torture of detainees under President George W. Bush.
Some of the photographs, which will be released before May 28, are said to show American service personnel humiliating prisoners, according to officials.
The images relate to more than 400 separate cases involving alleged prisoner abuse between 2001 and 2005.
Descriptions of some of the alleged abuse photographs include:
- A prisoner pushed up against a wall as military guards or interrogators appear to threaten to sexually assault him with a broomstick
- Female soldiers posing with hooded, shackled prisoners who were stripped naked
- Hooded prisoners on transport planes with Playboy magazines opened to pictures of nude women on their laps The administration initially planned to release only the 21 photos sought by the ACLU, but General David Petraeus ordered that all 2,000 photographs be released to keep from “dragging this issue out forever”.