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July 22, 2005

Under-exposed

Seems that we won’t be seeing James Darby’s photos and videos of what happened at Abu Ghraib for a while. From the Center for Constitutional Rights:

On June 2, 2004, CCR, along with the ACLU, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense, and Veterans for Peace filed papers with the U.S. District Court, charging the Department of Defense and other government agencies with illegally withholding records concerning the abuse of detainees in American military custody. Since then, the organizations have been repeatedly rebuffed in their efforts to investigate what happened at the prison.
In June, the government requested and received an extension from the judge stating that they needed time in order to redact the faces of the men, women and children believed to be shown in the photographs and videos. They were given until today to produce the images, but at the eleventh hour filed a motion to oppose the release of the photos and videos, based on an entirely new argument: they are now requesting a 7(F) exemption from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act to withhold law enforcement-related information in order to protect the physical safety of individuals.

Darby was the U.S reservist who turned over numerous photos and videos to U.S. Army officials and touched off the Abu Ghraib scandal in April 2004. And today’s motion is just the latest in a series of Bush administration attempts to cover up the torture of detainees at U.S. detention camps.

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