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Obama using detainee photos to pass US war funding
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Bogged down over the release of detainee abuse photos, a bill funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was on track Friday for passage in Congress after a late-night intervention by President Barack Obama.
Negotiations between the Senate and the House of Representatives had been at a deadlock Thursday after the Senate introduced a measure banning public release of the controversial images allegedly showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hands of US military personnel.
But in a letter to the negotiators, Obama made a last-minute guarantee that he "will continue to take every legal and administrative remedy available to me to ensure the DoD (Department of Defense) detainee photographs are not released."
The president also vowed to petition the Supreme Court to appeal the case, first brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) under the Freedom of Information Act, after a federal appeals court in New York withdrew its order that the government release the images.
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, a former top Democrat in the House, rushed to the Capitol late Thursday to deliver the president's message after Democrats, who enjoy broad majorities in both houses of Congress, suddenly adjourned the talks.
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Should Obama be using the release of detainee abuse photos as a provision to pass his war funding?
Yes, what ever it takes
No, an immoral position to take
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1733 days ago
Oh well this is what happens when you spend so much time around crooks you become one. Hmm. a bargaining chip.. I voted for Obama but that's really stooping low.
1733 days ago
Sad thing is that the President doesn't support the release of detainee photos, who does is the woman who we all should be looking at as to why things seem to go wrong in the democratic party now, Nancy Pelosi. This is the one you are talking about RogerDunn, not the President who is clearly agaist this. We need to get rid of this woman, she is a disgrace.
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