Photos of Bush-Era Prisoner Abuse to Be Released

ACLU request for release of Iraq, Afghanistan photos granted

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 24, 2009 2:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Obama administration is releasing dozens of photographs depicting prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq being abused by Americans, the Los Angeles Times reports. The photos are not believed to be as extreme as the images from the Abu Ghraib probe, but defense officials warn they may provoke an angry backlash in the Middle East.

Some of the photos—which are being released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU—show members of the military threatening detainees at gunpoint, an offense punishable by court-martial. The photos, according to an ACLU spokesman, will prove that detainee abuse under the Bush administration was widespread and Abu Ghraib was not an aberration as officials claimed.

A US Army soldier guards a hooded and flex-cuffed Iraqi detainee in this 2003 file photo.   (Getty Images)
Blindfolded prisoners are taken for questioning in Baghdad in this 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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This will constitute visual proof that, unlike the Bush administration's claim, the abuse was not confined to Abu Ghraib and was not aberrational. - Amrit Singh, a lawyer for the ACLU

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