Is the Pentagon About to Be Forced to Release Damning Torture Photos?

October 4, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

The Pentagon’s more than decade-long legal battle to continue suppressing a trove of photographs exposing the Bush-era torture at U.S. military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan may have reached a critical juncture on Wednesday.

During a hearing, the Guardian‘s Spencer Ackerman reported, a federal judge expressed frustration over how the Pentagon came to determine that each of 1,800 photos must be suppressed because they supposedly jeopardize national security.

“We don’t know the methodology, we don’t know what was reviewed, we don’t know the criteria, we don’t know the numbers,” Ackerman reports Hellerstein as saying.

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Ackerman added:

In March 2015, Hellerstein ruled that the government “is required to disclose each and all of the photographs” in response to a Freedom of Information Act Request from the ACLU, and said it appeared the administration was continuing to stall their release.