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Despite Court Order, DOD Refuses to Release Abu Ghraib Photos

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The Defense Department told a federal court that had ordered release of Abu Ghraib prison photos that it would not comply and promised to explain all to the judge in a sealed brief. The 87 photos and four videos in question are among the thousands of images taken by Specialist Joseph Darby, whose pictures of prison abuse prompted international criticism in 2004. The government said in a letter to Judge Alvin Hellerstein that the release, even with identifying features blacked out, could result in personal harm. (7/24/05)