Nine years ago today (holy shit) The State News published the following cartoon:
I drew this piece at the height of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, which had by that time had expanded its scope to include abuse of prisoners at Bagram Air Force Base and Guantanamo Bay, as well as a constellation of sinister “black sites” scattered around the globe. The nation was still partly in the orgiastic throes of war fever back then, and needless to say the cartoon caused a bit of a stir. This included the picketing of the paper’s offices by Young Republicans demanding my head on a plate.
I’m happy to say that my neck remained attached to my shoulders. However, I’m very much less happy about the more than 2000 additional photos of prisoner abuse — said to be “even more disturbing than the infamous prison photos from Abu Ghraib” — that the Obama administration has refused to release, citing (what else?) national security concerns.
The ACLU has been trying to secure disclosure of these photos since the very beginning of the scandal in 2004, and thankfully a federal judge last month ordered the Justice Department to provide its rationale for withholding each and every photo. I eagerly await December 12, when the least transparent administration in history must make its declaration.
Assuming the declaration will even be made public, that is.