Thursday, September 29, 2005

Judge Orders Release of Prisoner Abuse Photos

Link to AP article
Saying the United States "does not surrender to blackmail," a judge ruled Thursday that pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison must be released over government claims that they could damage America's image.

Pat: Obviously they should be released. The United States defense of "It would damage our image in the world" is as credible as a serial murderer defending himself by saying "A guilty verdict would damage my image in the neighborhood." No shit it would damage your image--not that there's much image to damage, since the dead bodies found in your house took care of whatever scraps of image you've held onto thus far.

Tim: Look, dummy. That kind of argument would work if there was a non-United States judge working here. But since this is the US legal system, it should work for the benefit of the US, shouldn't it? Or would you prefer our judges work for the benefit of foreign observers--the kind who pounce all over any perceived American failure?

Pat: Our judges shouldn't work for this administration's benefit or for foreign benefits. They should follow the law. And the government is asking the court to ignore the law because it would embarass them. If you don't like the law, change it--don't try to tell the courts to change it. That's Judicial Activism, isn't it?

Tim: Oh, so now we're in favor of judicial restraint?


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