Today the media and the administration are saying that Obama has done a 180 and decided to fight the release of detainee abuse pictures…saying the actions would put our soldiers in harm’s way. The Pentagon put some serious pressure on Barry for his previous position, and the left is not going to be happy. Obama reportedly met with White House counsel Greg Craig and other members of the White House counsel team last week and told them that he had second thoughts about the decision to hand over photographs of detainee abuse to the ACLU, per a judge’s order, and had changed his mind.

The president “believes their release would endanger our troops,” a White House official says, adding that the president “believes that the national security implications of such a release have not been fully presented to the court.”

He is going to fight the release in court, when he could just issue an executive order prohibiting their release. Obama directed Craig to object to the immediate release of the photos.

The move is a complete 180. In a letter from the Justice Department to a federal judge on April 23, the administration announced that the Pentagon would turn over 44 photographs showing detainee abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush administration. The photographs are part of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU for all information relating to the treatment of detainees.

Reality check: when was the last time the ACLU walked away from a high-profile court battle? Exactly. These pictures will certainly be part of the discovery process of the case- whose outcome is far from certain. Obama just wised up so his hands could look cleaner… after the damage was done. His previous support for disclosure of “torture” data pushed the issue to the forefront, and it still has huge momentum. If this administration now actually fights hard against this idiocy I will be shocked. Like I said, Obama could just issue an executive order. All is not as it seems.

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