Abuse Photos Blocked


A sketch by Thomas Curtis, former Reserve M.P. sergeant, showing how
a detainee in Afghanistan was allegedly chained to the ceiling of his

Invoking newly granted powers allowing him to circumvent the Freedom of Information Act, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has blocked the
release of photos showing US soldiers abusing detainees in Iraq
and Afghanistan. Alex Abdo of the ACLU said the argument against release "sets a dangerous precedent" that
the government can conceal evidence of gross abuses of power.

"This principle is fundamentally anti-democratic.
The American public has a right to see the evidence of crimes committed
in their name."

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