Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham, today revealed that a top ranking White House official has stated photographs showing US troops torturing and abusing detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan will “not see the light of day.”
Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama‘s chief of staff, plans to block the release of the pictures.
“He assured me these photos would not see the light of day,” said Senator Graham.
“I have been personally assured by Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff, that if Congress fails to do its part in protecting these photos from being released, President Obama will sign an executive order classifying the photos,” he continued.
“The people involved in Abu Ghraib and other detainee abuse allegations have been dealt with. These photos bring nothing new, but the effect of releasing these photos would be to empower our enemies,” said Graham.
“Every photo would become a bullet or IED used by terrorists against our troops,” he added.