Obama Administration Flip-Flops, Won't Release Detainee Abuse Photos

"The president 'believes their release would endanger our troops,' a White House official says."

Last month, the Pentagon agreed to comply with a court order and release dozens of photos showing abuse of detainees by American captors. Now the White House has reversed course, and will object to the court order:

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The president “believes their release would endanger our troops,” a White House official says, adding that the president “believes that the national security implications of such a release have not been fully presented to the court.”

Yesterday, conservatives were outraged about the potential release, claiming that the photos would incite future terrorists. Of course, at the very same time, they ardently defended the actual tactics depicted in the photos.

Ali Frick is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.