Secretary Gates Says Americans Should Not See Torture Photos
Late Friday night, the government filed a brief in which Secretary of Defense Robert Gates purportedly invoked his authority to block the release of photos depicting the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody overseas. The development came in our five-year-old lawsuit for the release of records, including photographs, related to the abuse of prisoners. Secretary Gates was granted the authority to exempt certain images from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as part of the Homeland Security appropriations bill signed by President Obama last month.
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