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
A US Army soldier guards a hooded and flex-cuffed Iraqi detainee in this 2003 file photo.   (Getty Images)
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(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.
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