The Torture Secrets Are Coming

by Marcellene Hearn – Once you’ve seen the Abu Ghraib photos, they’re not easily forgotten. The hooded man, the electrodes, the naked bodies piled upon each other, and the grinning soldier with a thumbs up. The images are the stuff of nightmares. They’re also incontrovertible evidence that our government engaged in torture, and their publication sparked a national conversation that helped end the Bush administration’s torture program. Nevertheless, the Obama administration is still fighting to keep the full truth about torture – including photos the public hasn’t yet seen – from the American people. But recently the courts and the Senate have been pushing back, resisting the government’s claims that it can’t reveal its torture secrets. As a result, those secrets may finally be dragged into the light. The government is holding back as many as 2,100 never-released images from Abu Ghraib and other detention centers overseas. The ACLU...

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