Obama Reversing Course on Detainee Abuse Photos. What’s Going On?

May 13, 2009 2:13pm

ABC’s White House Correspondent Jake Tapper is reporting on his blog ‘Political Punch’ that President Obama is reversing course.  After releasing the memos which spelled out the harsh interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration, Obama is now drawing a line.  He will not release more than 40 photos showing abused detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

As Tapper reports it:  "The president ‘believes their release would endanger our troops,’ a White House official says, adding that the president "believes that the national security implications of such a release have not been fully presented to the court."

President Obama vowed to make a clean break from the interrogation policies of his predecessor.  He released the memos that spelled out the techniques and the legal justifications behind them.  But not the photos?  Because these images might inflame, might cause a backlash of anger against US troops, should they be kept private?  Or should the memos and photos alike be made public once and for all?   

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