Terrorism

Supreme Court Extends Obama Administration's Prisoner-Abuse Secrecy

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Bad news for transparency junkies, care of The New York Times:

Thumbs up, Barack!

The Supreme Court on Monday vacated a lower court ruling that would have required the government to release photographs showing the abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. […]

The decision was three sentences long and unsigned, and it followed the enactment of a law in October allowing the secretary of defense to block the pictures' release. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, for further consideration in light of the new law. […]

The Second Circuit ordered the photos released last year, and the Justice Department initially recommended against an appeal to the Supreme Court.

But President Obama overruled his lawyers, saying his national security advisers had persuaded him that releasing the photos would inflame anti-American sentiment abroad and endanger American troops.

Back before Barack Obama was little more than a political gleam in ________________'s eye (commenters will gladly fill in the blank), I wrote about "why we'll never see the second round of Abu Ghraib photos."