The Torture Debate Ensnares the President

Obama has refused to release photos of detainees' abuse

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bush administration policies on the treatment of detainees have now embroiled President Obama in a growing controversy.

News broke last night that the U.S. will restart military tribunals for a small number of Guantanamo detainees (fewer than 20 of the 241 detainees in the prison). Obama had suspended the tribunals within hours of taking office in January. The military trials will remain frozen for another four months as the administration adjusts the legal system. Those changes to the system will be announced later today. Obama's new rules for military tribunals will reportedly include a ban on any statements made under so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.

The torture controversy has also spread to Congress. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi acknowledged that in 2003 she was informed by an aide that the CIA had used waterboarding during interrogation, which is an adjustment from Pelosi's previous statements. She claims the CIA misled the Congress.

Finally, Obama has reversed an earlier decision and said he wouldn't authorize the release of reportedly over 1,000 photos involving abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. The photographs were scheduled to be released to the American Civil Liberties Union on May 28. Following that story is Scott Shane, a reporter for our partners the New York Times. He joins The Takeaway with a look at whether the president will succeed in suppressing the photos.

For more, read Scott Shane's article, Experts Say Obama May Need to Classify Photos, in the New York Times.


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Comments [1]

anne sweeney from 33483

To see those whom are paid by their citizens and elected into office turn against their country for partisan reasons is just as disgusting as the report itself. We knew what was going on in Abugrab, so their was not a need to know concerning water-boarding, yet again, why?
This also embarrassed and emasculated the power of the Presidency of past administrations and absolutely the present. President Obama's actions of DRONE attacks upon innocent civilians and the collateral damage, IE: "Families Tortured through the Loss of Loved ones, innocently butchered by President Obama neither glamorizes the President nor Diane Feinstein. They Make it seem as if we have not heard this before. Why doesn't NPR,WBUR,WGBH and the rest of the media interview the families of 9/11, I bet you'd get kicked out of their homes on your butts,:)

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