Sunday, 17 May 2009

What is President Obama's game on torture photos?

Here is an NPR interview with the political commentator Juan Williams discussing the failure of the White House to release photos demonstrating prisoners tortured by US troops and secret services. Williams' argument is that the White House has made the calculation that the courts will force it to publish the photos anyway and so may as well get the military and CIA onside in the process. Personally, I see this issue as too significant to play politics with. The photos should be published and an independent or cross-congressional full inquiry should be announced. That is the morally and legally correct path to take. It will ultimately be the politically correct path to take: Dick Cheney is still out to do damage.

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