Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Freedom to Keep Government Crimes in Dark

The Senate adopted the Lieberman-Graham amendment banning the release of detainee photos. It withholds any "photograph relating to the treatment of individuals engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001 by the Armed Forces of the United States" if the Secretary of Defense certifies that the release of the photos would endanger citizens or the armed forces.

I believe Senators Lieberman and Graham have a few Holocaust Museums to close. They endanger our German allies. What about Native American museums chronicling their extermination by an American military?

The power of the American state clearly abused people in custody. So much for transparency or accountability. The Obama administration won't pay the legal price with torture investigations or court cases. Now it won't take the political heat for its actions.

Did the U.S. capture and abuse family members to get at suspected terrorists? That question that deserves a response in the light, however dark the answer. Lieberman-Graham continue America's descent into darkness.