More Abu Ghraib photos to be released

Despite the government's protests that they will "damage America's image," a federal judge in New York today ruled that 87 photos and 4 videotapes taken in Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison must be released immediately.

In response to arguments by Joint Chiefs of Staff head General Richard B. Myers that releasing the photos would increase al Qaida recruitment throughout the Middle east, the AP reports that Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan have proven they "do not need pretexts for their barbarism.''

The federal government will immediately appeal the case, so the release is not imminent in any sense of the word, but ACLU head Anthony Romero said his organization will continue to push for the documents' release. "While no one wants to see what's on the photos or videos, they will play an essential role in holding our government leaders accountable for the torture that's happened on their watch,'' he said.


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