Lawyers for the Defense Department are refusing to cooperate with a federal judge's order to release secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
The lawyers said in a letter sent to the federal court in Manhattan late Thursday that they would file a sealed brief explaining their reasons for not turning over the material, which they were to have released by yesterday.
The photographs were some of thousands turned over by Specialist Joseph M. Darby, the whistle-blower who exposed the abuse at Abu Ghraib by giving investigators computer disks containing photographs and videos of prisoners being abused, sexually humiliated and threatened with growling dogs.
The above is from Kate Zernike's "Government Defies an Order to Release Iraq Abuse Photos"
in this morning's New York Times.
In case you've forgotten, these are the photos that GOP spinners went into overtime to minimize.
Billie e-mails to note that both of her senators spun wildly on how unimportant these photos are.
Yet, court order be damned, they still haven't been turned over.
Zernike provides our spotlight story for today. If you only read one story in the Times today (or are only aware of one) make this the one.
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