Gourevitch on detainee photos

05/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
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President Barack Obama's decision on Friday to maintain military commissions to try detainees at Guatanamo Bay has been greeted with unhappiness in some quarters of the progressive community. It came on the same week that the president reversed himself on releasing alleged abuse of photos of Gitmo and Iraqi detainees.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told the Wall Street Journal over the weekend that liberal critics were overplaying the extent to which Obama had changed his views on handling suspected terrorists. Rahm said any compromises on other policies serve the broader purpose of keeping the big priorities moving forward.

Philip Gourevitch is co-author of the book, The Ballad of Abu Ghraib, just published in paperback. The New Yorker reporter told WMNF his thoughts on the president’s flip-flop on releasing those photos.

We’ll hear more from him later this week on the Evening News.

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