07/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reading The Pictures: Monsters of Gitmo

In the past weeks and days, new photos have been released of Gitmo prisoners.

Given declarations by Congressional Republicans and Democrats that these detainees are too lethal for even America's supermax prisons to handle, are these guys superhuman or are the pictures of dark, brawny, faceless foreigners -- as exploited by politicians -- just supposed to terrorize us further?

For additional photos, see: Images from the prison at Guantanamo Bay at the Sacramento Bee photoblog,"The Frame." Also see Miami Herald slideshow: After Guantanamo, and: Uighurs stage poster-board protest at Guantánamo (Miami Herald)

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(Images: Brennan Linsley/A.P. 1 & 2: May 31, 2009. 3 & 4: May 12, 2009. 5: May 13, 2009. Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. For captions, click link under slide window.)