Lieberman, Graham Will Offer Amendment on Prisoner Photos

Posted May 13, 2009 at 3:05pm

Sens. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) applauded President Barack Obama’s decision Wednesday to withhold the release of controversial photos of military personnel mistreating detainees, and announced they would introduce an amendment next week to prevent such photos from being shown to the public during war time.

“There is nothing to be gained from release of these pictures and a lot to be lost,— Lieberman said during a press conference, saying that similar photographs have been used by al-Qaida terrorists as a recruitment tool.

Releasing the photos “would have undercut the advance President Obama has made in making improvements of America’s image around the world,— Lieberman added.

Lieberman and Graham said they are working on an amendment to the war supplemental bill, which the Senate will consider next week, that would ban the release of any photos until after military conflict is over.

“The publication of those photographs would only endanger the safety of our troops who go into harm’s way in defense of America,— the two said in a statement. “The President did exactly the right thing in carrying out his responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief.—

Obama indicated last month that he supported the release of the photos under a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Civil Liberties Union, but after consulting with military commanders recently, reversed his position.

The move won support from Republicans.

“I agree with the President that the release of these photos would serve no purpose other than to put our troops in greater danger,— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement. “The President made the right decision and I applaud him for it.—