arguing that the disclosure would fuel outrage and violate US obligations toward detainees under the Geneva Conventions.
But apparently the Obama administration doesn't particularly care. It's more concerned with placating the ACLU, an organization supposedly devoted to protecting the rights of Americans, but which has lately been much more interested in assisting our enemies.
Many people, including Obama himself and the ACLU leadership, make the argument that abuse of prisoners damaged the image of the U.S. worldwide and assisted the recruitment efforts of our enemies. These same people now want to release pictures further damaging the image of the U.S. The downside of providing free propaganda to our enemies and helping them recruit is apparently outweighed by the need to keep bashing the policies of the former administration.
Abuses, incidents, and outright crimes occur in all wars, especially unconventional conflicts. The time for obsessing over all the dirty details is after the war, not during it. Releasing all sorts of information about the misdeeds of your own side during the conflict provides direct help to the enemy in the form of free propaganda. I'm not sure why something so basic is lost on the Obama administration.