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Perspective on the Secret Torture Photographs

Recall that immediately after 9/11, U.S. officials put out the official version of what had motivated the terrorists. “They hate America for its freedom and values,” they cried.

Today we have President Obama, on the extreme urging of the Pentagon, reneging not only on his campaign promise of “transparency” but also on the commitment U.S. officials made to release the latest batch of torture photos that the Pentagon has kept hidden for some five years.

What are Obama and the Pentagon using as an excuse to keep these photographs secret? Isn’t that an implicit admission that foreigners do get angry over the bad things that the U.S. government does as part of its foreign policy?

If people in the Middle East would get so angry at seeing some more photographs depicting sex abuse of prisoners at the hands of U.S. personnel and that U.S. national security would be threatened, doesn’t it stand to reason that they’d get just as angry, if not more so, over the much worse things that the U.S. government was doing in the Middle East prior to 9/11?

And doesn’t that imply that the “they hate us for our freedom and values” line was bogus from the get-go?

[Excerpt of an article by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation]


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