Friday, May 15, 2009

Picture Imperfect

I'm disappointed that Obama is reneging on earlier promises to release the remaining images of torture.

By doing this, he's playing into the hands of both the Cheney/Rumsfeld cabal -- and the terrorists -- by proving that the new administration is not so different from the previous one (which I don't really think is the case but this move will make it appear that way in the minds of our enemies).

Though the release of the images may have short term ramifications, in the long term we'd be a whole lot safer if Obama sent a consistent and clear message that this behavior is unacceptable -- and un-American. This means not only full disclosure -- but prosecutions for those that ordered and perpetrated these crimes.

My buddy Mark Karlin, who contributed a post to the SG Newswire on the case for War Crimes AND Murder One charges, articulates further on the subject with Michael Eric Dyson (author of Can You Hear me Now?) and Farai Chideya (former host of NPR's News and Notes) in a GRITtv roundtable discussion hosted by Laura Flanders which I encourage you to watch.

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