Why is Obama Administration Hiding Evidence of Torture?
I've been trying to figure out why the Obama administration has been working so hard to conceal the "torture" photos in contradiction to its vocal support of the Freedom of Information Act.
Until this evening, it never occurred to me the photos might include physical evidence of genital mutilation.
British High Court rejects U.S./British cover-up of torture evidence
By Glenn Greenwald, Salon, October 17, 2009
The High Court's original ruling in Mohamed's favor contained seven paragraphs which described the torture to which Mohamed was subjected. It has been previously reported that those paragraphs contain descriptions of abuse so brutal that not even our own American media could dispute that it constitutes "torture":
The 25 lines edited out of the court papers contained details of how Mr Mohamed's genitals were sliced with a scalpel and other torture methods so extreme that waterboarding, the controversial technique of simulated drowning, "is very far down the list of things they did," the official said.
But before the decision was released, the Court decided to redact those seven paragraphs.
White House "Ordered" Lawmakers to Amend FOIA in Order to Conceal Torture Photos
By Jason Leopold, Truthout, October 17, 2009
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-New York) said in a floor statement that the provision [the Protected National Security Documents Act of 2009] to amend the Freedom of Information Act was stripped from an earlier version of the [42.8 billion spending bill], but the language was quietly reinserted in recent weeks, "apparently under direct orders from the administration."
On Thursday, the House approved a Department of Homeland Security spending bill that included a provision to amend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and grant Defense Secretary Robert Gates the authority to withhold "protected documents" that, if released, would endanger the lives of US soldiers or government employees deployed outside of the country.
According to the bill, the phrase "protected documents" refers to photographs taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009, and involves "the treatment of individuals engaged, captured or detained" in the so-called "war on terror." Photographs that Gates determines would endanger troops and government employees could be withheld for three years.
Is Defense Secretary Gates exaggerating? There's good reason to believe the answer is No. One only has to look at the ugly case of PFC Kristian Menchaca and PFC Thomas Tucker. The two Privates were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered in retaliation for the brutal rape and murder of a 14 year old Iraqi girl and her family. The crime is commonly referred to as the Mahmudiyah killings.