Friday, April 24, 2009
The American Civil Liberties Union says the Pentagon will release a "substantial number" of photos depicting abuse of prisoners by U.S. personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Citing a letter dated Thursday from the Justice Department to a federal judge in New York, the ACLU said the photos will be made available by May 28. The release is in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU in 2004.
ACLU attorney Amrit Singh says the photos "provide visual proof" that prisoner abuse reached "far beyond the walls of Abu Ghraib." Singh says the photos will also help the public understand the need "for holding senior officials accountable."
The ACLU says the Bush administration had refused to release the images, claiming their release would generate outrage and violate the rights of detainees.