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Supreme Court Says Releasing Detainee Photos Would Endanger Troops

December 14, 2009 by  

Supreme Court says releasing detainee photos would endanger troopsThe U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the ruling of a lower court that allowed the disclosure of photographs of detainees allegedly being abused by their U.S. investigators. The decision was criticized by civil rights groups but praised by lawmakers in Washington.

Representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which brought the lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, have said the organization will continue to fight for releasing the photos which it says show the U.S. engaged in acts of torture and other illegal activities to obtain information.

Steven R. Shapiro, the ACLU’s legal director, commented that "no democracy has ever been made stronger by suppressing evidence of its own misconduct."

However, in announcing its decision, the highest court referred to the recent enactment of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010. The Act contains a provision allowing the Secretary of Defense to issue a certification preventing the release of any photograph whose disclosure may endanger U.S. citizens, members of the United States Armed Forces or employees of the U.S. government deployed abroad.

The decision was applauded by Senators Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Joe Lieberman, an Independent from Connecticut, who called it an "important step to protect the safety of Americans who place themselves in harm’s way to defend our security and liberty."

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  • Robert

    About time the Supreme Court did something right. As far as the ACLU is concerned, why don’t they sue to have all the photographs of Islamic Terrorist decaptating and multilating innocent human beings? Better yet, why don’t all the ACLU lawyers go to Afaghanastan, march right into the Taliban and Al Queida stongholds and announce they are there to represent them?

  • Myron J. Poltroonian

    Hmm. “Freedom of information”. “Fair and balanced”. “News you can trust”. “The most trusted name in news”. As a child, and well on into adulthood, I remember seeing on every anniversary of the occasion, the film footage of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy air forces, as it was broadcast on the news networks. Since I was born in 1941, that means they continued showing Americans what actually happened on that date and why we were to remember it and not just go shopping (or perform “service”) for better than 35/40 years. Maybe (I won’t hold my breath) the ACLU should sue to have the MSM of the “Fourth Estate” (I call them the now-fourth branch of government) broadcast, in the prime time news, film, tape, digital video capture images of the sneak attack on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania, including images of the people who jumped off the roofs of the Twin Towers to avoid burning to death.

  • Dee

    We cannot ‘endanger’ our Troops one little bit.. They are fighting for our FREEDOM…. not the ACLU!!… The ACLU must be stopped..They are just another arm of the ‘Left Wing’ loonies who hate America.. Like the trial of KSM, I’m sure the ACLU lawyers just think this is ‘wonderful’, as does Eric Holder & Barack HUSSEIN Obama… Too bad that they are willing “co-horts” for another ATTACK on America.. When this ‘trial’ begins, we will see more attacks than ever! I hope that we can get the Supreme Court involved to REVERSE Erick Holder’s lame-brained idea to hold a ‘civil trial’ in NYC.. and in the process, reprimand the President for his ‘poor judgement’ …

    • John

      We need to protect our soldiers. I appreciate them as do real Americans. The ACLU and this current administration are so un-American.

      ACLU what a misnomer, it should read ISLU for Islamic Civil Liberties Union.

  • John

    On another note, the ACLU also filed a lawsuit to have a Cross removed from BLM land (government land) in the Mojave Desert. The cross was placed there by the VFW in 1934 as a memorial to Veterans of WWI.
    One person that found it offensive and the ACLU was happy to oblige that one person to bring forth a lawsuit on his behalf for the Crosses removal.
    Currently litigation is still pending its removal and the cross has been boarded up so that it is not completely visible. It’s a depressing sight, but it’s a caveat of the direction that this country is going.
    Google, Mojave Cross for more information and pictures of this disturbing sight and story.

    We need a strong organization devoted to counter the efforts of the ACLU.
    It seems too me that this organization represents the minority of the people of this beleaguered country.

  • Ray Parker

    U mean the Anti-Christian Liberties Union?

  • Ray Parker

    Did someone remove my previous comment (BEFORE 14 Dec, 2009?

  • Ray Parker

    Didn’t Janet Reno brand all Evangelical Christian, the “ENEMY”??? Remember what happened to Koresh? I guess we want the same thing for ALL of us’n’s ~ the Evangelical Christians……

  • Paul Bosco

    “Steven R. Shapiro, the ACLU’s legal director, commented that ‘no democracy has ever been made stronger by suppressing evidence of its own misconduct.’”

    Anyone bold enough to say they disgree? Can anyone give an example? I am surprised that in this forum, support is so strong for the government position. So many satisfied taxpayers! Who’d’a thunk it?

    As for the ACLU: When the time comes that someone decides Bob Livingston should be taken down, he will have no better friends, and no better lawyers. I don’t always agree with them, but they exist to fight for freedoms for American persons or groups. Those who hate them generally want someone or some group to have less freedom, often out of some form of fear.

    –Paul Bosco

    • Joe H.


      • John

        Thanks Joe!

  • Harold

    A few years ago an ACLU lawyer stated that the Moral Majority was a “threat to America.”
    How? Are they carrying bombs or something? Yet they defend the very people who are (or would like to) so they can blow the whole country up in smoke.
    I wonder what they would say if a terrorist group bombed an ACLU office?


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