For over 10 years, the United States Department of Defense has been battling a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which wants access to horrific images of torture and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan carried out by U.S. intelligence agencies and the military.
Recently, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein gave the Obama administration until December 12 to justify withholding as many as 2,100 photographs depicting the torture of prisoners. The government's response is expected to be its most detailed argument for secrecy yet.
"Americans have a right to know what was done in our names in military detention centers," said Marcellene Hearn, the senior staff attorney for the ACLU's National Security Project .
The images are suspected to be similar to the more than 1,300 photographs taken at the Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq that were released in 2006.