Sunday, September 4, 2005
U. S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein is balancing the public's right to know against national security considerations in the ACLU's request for release of photographs and videotapes related to the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. The request stems from the 2003 lawsuit filed on behalf of those detained and/or transferred to other nations. In delaying release of the materials, Judge Hellerstein cited the graphic nature of the pictures and worries over potential danger to US troops in the region cited by General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In response, the ACLU argued that the public had a right to see the material in order to judge for itself the events at Abu Ghraib. Read more in a CNN story here, in a Newsday story here, and at the ACLU's website here.