Lawyers for the Defense Department are refusing to cooperate with a federal judge's order to release secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
By way of background, a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan, Alvin K. Hellerstein, ruled in June that the government must turn over photographs and videotapes requested by the ACLU in a Freedom of Information Act suit. Attorneys for the Pentagon are saying it's not going to happen for reasons they won't state publicly. (A sealed brief explaining the reasons for failing to comply with the court order was promised by government attorneys.)
Members of Congress who last year saw photographs and videos that were not released to the public indicated that there were many images that were far more disturbing than those the American public has seen thus far. That suggests the current stonewalling is part of an effort by the administration to suppress more damaging evidence of prisoner abuse at a time when there is a movement, however weak, to establish an independent commission to investigate that abuse.
[Via Legal Fiction.]