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May 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Torture photos

Unconscionable to cover up torture

The Times’ May 18 editorial, “Obama makes right call on prisoner photos” [Opinion] is absolutely and unequivocally wrong. There is nothing moral or logical to the argument offered by The Times or by Obama for a democracy hiding the truth. I think it is spectacularly disingenuous of anyone to argue that we should hide from the truth to “protect the troops.”

Let’s assume for the moment that fighting illegal wars has anything to do with protecting America — if that is the case, then the troops are protecting democracy. If we abandon democracy– by hiding from the truth, by torturing people who may very well be innocent, by invading other people’s countries, etc. — then there is nothing for our troops to defend.

It is contradictory to claim that one values the defense of democracy (protecting our troops) but not democracy itself (refusing to confront the troops and prosecute criminals).

It is unconscionable for the public voices of our democracy to not see this, let alone to cheerlead for torture and the covering up of torture. The Times should be deeply ashamed of itself as it abandons all pretense of valuing democratic ideals.

— Richard Curtis, Seattle

Hidden photos you can believe in

When candidate Obama said, “Change you can believe in,” perhaps he should’ve clarified it to mean “changing” his mind [“President reverses decision on photos,” page one, May 14].

— Mike Moore, Kent

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