Jul 10 2009

Graham, Lieberman Welcome Senate Vote on Detainee Photo Ban

WASHINGTON, DC --  Yesterday, the Senate again passed the Graham-Lieberman Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act as an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill. This measure would prevent the release of photos of past abuse of detainees in US custody.  This is the third time the measure has been adopted by the Senate. Last month, the Senate unanimously adopted this legislation and the measure was also previously passed by the Senate in the supplemental appropriations bill but removed in conference.

“We are pleased that the Senate once again adopted this bill that would protect our troops, but it is imperative that it now becomes law.  If the House of Representatives does not act and these photos are released, the lives of our troops will be in jeopardy.  Don’t just take our word for it – listen to the concerns expressed by Generals David Petraeus and Ray Odierno who have stated that release of the photos would endanger American troops; destabilize Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan; and serve as a terrorist recruiting tool just like the 2004 photos did.

“A legislative solution is the most definitive way to bring the issue of the ACLU lawsuit to an end.  The courts would also view it as the strongest action instead of solely relying on an executive order.”

Graham and Lieberman continued, “Overwhelming majorities in the Senate and the House and the President have now made it clear that these photos should not be released.  There should be no further delay because we have no greater responsibility as public officials than to protect the brave Americans who go into harm’s way to defend our security and freedom.”