It is of little surprise that President Obama is blocking court-attempts to release photographs of detainees abused by US personnel. His fear that the pictures will cause popular backlash, hampering US led efforts in the Middle East, is well founded. While I wholeheartedly support transparency and access to information, releasing these images will accomplish nothing. With Obama at the helm torture has already been shelved, such that no more "encouragement" is necessary. The invisible hand has already worked its magic; one last jab in the gut will only compound the damage.