May 13th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Detainee photos would endanger troops

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama spoke Wednesday about his administration's decision to have government lawyers fight the release of photos of alleged abuse of detainees in U.S. military custody.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    Another play taken out of the republican play book.

    May 13, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. The Right Decision

    I think President Obama made the right decision to not release the photos. Our country is involved in two wars and this issue is very sensitive right now. The timing would be terrible. He has disclosed as much as he can as a leader of our nation. As a leader you have to make tough, decisions that everyone will not like. To me, that showed that he is willing to listen. (Unlike to previous administration)

    May 13, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Mel of Alexandria

    We do not need to inflame the moslem world and that is exactly what these photographs will do again. It would be a terrible mistake Mr. President, what took your team so long to realize that?

    May 13, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. babe43

    They really must be bad for the President not to release them. Wow.

    May 13, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Goreful

    This administration is looking dumber and dumbest every day that passes. Why on earth hype the story just to pull back at the last minute. Whether you agree or disagree about releasing the pictures...you have to admit that it is stupid to hype things.

    One word: Anticlimax.

    Oh, but his approval rating just go higher! What a stupid nation this has become.

    May 13, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    So the photos will endanger troops but release of interrogation memos won't? Someone get Obama to take a drug test, looks like he's back on cocaine.

    May 13, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. ib

    Obama finally wakes up. Wonder if all the pressure to do what is right is finally getting to him instead of the far left.

    May 13, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Peachez

    As an American citizen, i have no right to believe that I should have knowledge and access to every picture or other sinsitive information that the white house has access to. I truly believe that those pictures ARE a matter of national security and would only result in further reason for the extremists to plot against us. The media only want access to these pictures for their own personal and selfish reason; regardless of the national security implications. I don't want to see the pictures, and I certainly don't want any extremists groups to see them. This is a matter of patriotism, not transparency or right to know.

    May 13, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Hans Brecker, Albany NY

    So OB finally learned......'bout time.

    May 13, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Jimmy the Greek

    LOL – seems Obama is following Bush's lead on foreign policy...

    May 13, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Barbara Independent in NY

    I have to agree with the President. As much as I would love to see the criminals in charge of the last administration have their day in court, I prefer not to further endanger our troops. They are honorable. The last administration can't spell the word.

    May 13, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. annie for Palin

    The information he released on interrogation endangered the troops and he didn't give a rats you know what about that. But when he is going to those countries he doesn't want them seeing photos prior to his trip. When a leader of a free country gives out interrogation infomation to the enemies of the United States of America, isn't that treason?

    May 13, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. No Hope

    what happen Obama, did what Cheny's daughter say finally hit home with you? Dealing with terroists was putting our troops in harms way and its all Obama's fault

    May 13, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. Ray

    what? what is this guy talking about? he doesn't make sense, make up your mind o cmon all politics no principle that's why libs didn't say a word back when, all these people care about is votes the whole bunch make me sick.

    May 13, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. Neil

    This is nonsense. Obama is afraid. His generals are afraid. He knows when we see the extent of depravity our government engaged in we will be calling for heads. To appease foreign terrorists all he has to do is call for a complete accounting under international law when he releases the photos. This has nothing to do with concern for our troops. It has everything to do with coverup and CYA.

    May 13, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. Alex

    It's more likely that putting the photos out there would endanger Obama/Holder's chances of ducking their responsibility to prosecute American war criminals, from at least the VP's office on down... The word has been out since as far back as late 2002/early 2003, but sadly the American people won't show a proper interest in prosecution until they have visual aids placed in front of them.

    May 13, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. mel in Fl

    Stop removing the crap. leave it on the past. No more torture. But lets move forward to a better future.

    May 13, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Tariq

    Fine, don't show me the photos...in fact I do not need to see them.

    Just make sure you don't let political gain get in the way of investigations. Investigate all...republican as well as democrat

    May 13, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. catmom

    Imagine that, a President who takes advice from the military and is not afraid to changehis mind about something. Some will call it "flip flop but those are the same ones that criticized him when he released the memos. I think it is quite refreshing to know that this President will do what is best for the military and the country. If that means flip flopping so be it. If George Bush had studied the situation in Iraq and changed the way he was handling the war before the 04 election perhaps the war in Iraq would actually have been over.

    May 13, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. DaBird

    Flip Flop, Flip Flop, this has got to really upset the left wing nuts.

    May 13, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    I agree to somewhat with the president. However, its important, crucial that we, the People...... SEE........ the TRUTH!

    Bush & DICK are war criminals!

    May 13, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. andrea

    I understand his Reason, but I do not agree.

    May 13, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. Charlie in Maine

    I admire the president more on this than anything yet. If he were just in it for power and politics he would release the photos to damage the Bush legacy further and put a GOP rebound further out of reach. Instead he has risked anger from his own left flank to protect the trops and the mission they are on. Principal above politics. Now that is change I can believe in.

    BTE If Bush had had something this damaging to Democrats but if would heve made the troops less safe.. well I think we all know what he would have done.

    May 13, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Great stuff

    Wow, what a win-win. This is really like the auto industry will become when it is owned by labor: playing both sides of the game.

    Obama got the political capital, now gets more political capital. Yum!

    May 13, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. Kurt

    Good. I usually agree with the ACLU, but in this case, they are making a huge mistake. No good can come from this.

    May 13, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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