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Judge Rejects “Threat” Argument, Orders Abu Ghraib Photos Released

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A federal judge in Manhattan rejected a Defense Department argument that the release of additional photographs showing Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse could endanger U.S. troops, saying the struggle in Iraq should not be at the sacrifice of “the transparency and accountability of government and military officials.” Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the photos should be released because it would fuel the debate not only over the role of American troops in the abuse but also about the role of military commanders “whose failures in exercising supervision may make them culpable.” (9/30/05)