The president who vowed to instill government transparency will do all he can to prevent the release of photographs depicting abuse of prisoners abroad at the hands of American authorities.
“The publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals,” Obama said yesterday. “In fact, the most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in danger.”
While it would be hard to further inflame anti-American sentiment after six years of the Iraq War, it would also be hard to ensure these atrocities do not occur again if they are not seen by the public.
Sometimes, we must face the truth. Because otherwise we would continue living in denial.
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