A federal judge says pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib (grayb) prison must be released. The government had argued the pictures could damage America's image and spark more terrorist violence.
In a 50-page decision, the judge says terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan have proven they "do not need pretexts for their barbarism."
The American Civil Liberties Union sought the release of 87 photographs and four videotapes as part of a lawsuit filed almost two years ago. The ACLU contends prisoner abuse is systemic.
Though some photos have become public, the lawsuit covers others
not yet seen publicly.
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