President Obama has an unenviable problem now. If nobody had ever known that there are additional pictures of prisoner abuse in other prisons, perhaps the damage already done would be enough to justify closing Guantanamo and forbidding further torture. It was enough for me. But suppressing the pictures once they were known to exist sends an even more inflammatory message to those who, it is said, would be inflamed by seeing them. The message is: they are worse than anything you are already imagining.
The only possible solution to that problem is to release the pictures. It’s time, anyway, to face up to what has been done in the name of the United States. One picture is worth a thousand enhanced weasel words.