Justin Elliott wants to know if the photos of American soldiers posing with body parts from dead Afghans will be released. Last year Obama signed an amendment to stop the release of photographs "in response to a FOIA lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that would have forced the government to release pictures of military detainee abuse." But:
That amendment to the FOIA law ... applies only to photographs taken between Sept. 11, 2001, and Jan. 22, 2009 (the second day of Obama's presidency). The alleged killings of Afghan civilians by the Stryker soldiers occured in 2010, so the pictures in this new case were presumably taken after the period covered by the law.
We've filed a FOIA request for the pictures and, naturally, we will keep you posted.
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