Army Ordered to Release

Images From Abu Ghraib

NEW YORK -- A judge has ordered the government to release four videos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and dozens of photographs from the same collection of photos that touched off the prisoner-abuse scandal a year ago.

Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein issued the order late Wednesday requiring the Army to release the material to the American Civil Liberties Union to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

The ACLU said the material would show that the abuse was "more than the actions of a few rogue soldiers."

Hellerstein said the 144 pictures and videos can be turned over in redacted form to protect the victims' identities. He gave the Army one month to release them.

In October 2003, the ACLU sued seeking information on treatment of detainees in U.S. custody and the transfer of prisoners to countries known to use torture. The ACLU contends that prisoner abuse is systemic.

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-- From News Services