Maybe We'll See More Abu Ghraib Photos After All


From the New York Times:

A federal judge in New York told the Defense Department yesterday that it would have to release perhaps dozens of photographs taken by an American soldier of Iraqi detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. […]

The judge focused on 144 photographs that were turned over to Army investigators last year by Specialist Joseph M. Darby, a reservist who was posted at Abu Ghraib. A small number of the pictures have already been published, including those showing naked detainees piled in a pyramid and simulating sex while their American military captors looked on. […]

[Judge Alvin Hellerstein] rejected [the government]'s argument that releasing the pictures would violate the Geneva Conventions because some prisoners might be identified and "further humiliated."

As I predicted in my April column, privacy concerns are being easily allayed by blacking out the eyes of the victims. Of course, I also predicted that "we'll never see" the second round of Abu Ghraib images, though the Defense Dept. might still appeal. (Link via Andrew Sullivan.)